Updating LIS768 List of Context Books for Student Reports

This morning I’m updating one of my favorite assignments for LIS768 Participatory Service and Emerging Technologies. Two years ago, I asked for further suggestions to share with my class. Today. I’ll do the same: what would you add? Please share in the comments below. I’ll be including the post URL in the course site.

Original post from 2008: http://tametheweb.com/2008/09/10/lis768-reading-list/

Current list included in syllabus:

Assignment – Context Book Report – 10 points

Students will read a book selected from the list provided below or suggest another title for Michael’s approval, and write a 200-300 word reflection posted to your blog relating the topic and focus of the book to libraries, technology and participatory service.

OPTIONAL: Instead of writing your report, create a media presentation such as a podcast, YouTube video, Animoto show, etc. Let your creativity flow!

Selections from the Online Reading List

  • Anderson, Chris. The Long Tail
  • Beck, John C. & Mitchell Wade. Got game
  • Bernoff, Josh. Groundswell
  • Breakenridge, Deidre. PR 2.0
  • Carr, Nicholas. The Big Switch: rewiring the World, from Edison to Google
  • Collins, Jim. Good to Great
  • Doctorow, Cory Content
  • Doctorow, Cory Little Brother
  • Frankel, Alex. Punching In
  • Fried, Jason & David Heinemeier Hannsen. Rework
  • Friedman, Thomas. The World is Flat
  • Gee, James Paul. What Video Games Have to teach Us about Learning & Literacy
  • Gilmore, James & B. Joseph Pine II. Authenticity
  • Gladwell, Malcolm. Blink
  • Gladwell, Malcolm. Outliers
  • Godin, Seth. Small is the New Big
  • Godin, Seth. Tribes
  • Godin, Seth. Linchpin
  • Heath, Chip & Dan. Switch
  • Jenkins, Henry. Convergence Culture
  • Jenkins, Henry. Fans, Bloggers & Gamers: Exploring Participatory Culture
  • Johnson, Steven. Everything Bad is Good for You
  • Keen, Andrew The Cult of the Amateur
  • Kelley, Tom with Jonathan Littman. The Ten Faces of Innovation
  • Kusek, David & Gerd Leonhard. The Future of MusicLevine, Rick et al. The Cluetrain Manifesto
  • Meyer, Danny. Setting the Table
  • Palfrey, John & Urs Gasser. Born Digital
  • Penn, Mark J. Microtrends
  • Pink, Daniel. A Whole New Mind
  • Shirky, Clay. Here Comes Everybody
  • Solove, Daniel. The Future of Reputation
  • Sunstein, Cass. Infotopia
  • Tapscot, Dan. Grown Up Digital
  • Tapscott, Don & Anthony D. Williams. Wikinomics
  • Weinberger, David. Everything is Miscellaneous
  • Weinberger, David. Small Pieces Loosely Joined
  • Zittrain, Jonathan. The Future of the Internet and How to Stop It

11 thoughts on “Updating LIS768 List of Context Books for Student Reports”

  1. I’m currently reading (or have on my Kindle)

    Jump Point: How Network Culture is Revolutionizing Business, by Tom Hayes

    The Shallows: What the Internet is doing to our Brains, by Nicholas Carr

    You are not a Gadget, by Jaron Lanier

    This Book is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All, by Marilyn Johnson

    Hamlet’s BlackBerry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age, by William Powers

  2. I’m going to recommend the book I did for your class: “You Are Not A Gadget” by Jaron Lanier. It had a huge impact on me, in how I both agree and disagree with the points he makes. Also – I’ve been seeing Mr. Lanier pop up a lot on various Lib. & Web. 2.0 blogs in the last couple months, so he seems to be gaining relevance to the ongoing discussion.

  3. Just wanted to comment that Marilyn Johnson’s book was fabulous, but am REALLY happy to see Daniel Solove’s book “The Future of Reputation” on your list. I believe that should be required reading for ALL incoming freshman!

  4. Great list, Michael! I agree that Solove’s book is major and I’d like to add Clay Shirkey’s new book, “Cognitive Surplus” to your list. He is opening the window on why people do what they do on the Internet and it is fascinating and also kinda heart-warming. Have fun with this class. I wish I could be in there.

  5. I’m going to give yet another recommendation for Lanier’s “You Are Not A Gadget.” Sorry for the “me too” comment, but the book had (is having) an impact on me and is quite thought-provoking.

  6. Good list. Here are a couple recent titles that I think might fit:

    Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media. Mizuko Ito (ed.)

    Youth, Identity, and Digital Media. David Buckingham (ed.)

    From Counterculture to Cyberculture. Fred Turner.

    I think that the Fred Turner title is a particularly important book that traces the historical and cultural forces that gave rise to today’s participatory technologies. I believe that it should be included as a core text in any course that examines the social and epistemological dimensions of information technologies. For school librarians I would suggest Rethinking Education in the Age of Technology by Allan Collins and Richard Halverson. Halverson is the co-founder of the Games + Learning + Society group at the University of Wisconsin.

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