Book Review


The Book Review assignment gives you an opportunity to explore literature related to core concepts of our course as well as those related to your community’s creation and use of information. The review will also provide supporting citations for your research paper.

An important skill of librarians and information professionals: spotting trends to make them opportunities. This professional is a trendspotter, seeking out information, ideas and news that may impact future services. This librarian reads reports from Pew and OCLC and uses them in planning. AND this librarian reads outside the profession and watches for the impact of technology on users and new thinking on business, because it is, in fact, related.

Some questions to spur your thinking: How does the book align with our course content, specifically our early readings about information, information behavior and information communities? What can information professionals glean from these works? How might the focus of some titles impact library service? The communities of users we serve? The way we exchange and share information? Consider your choice as a way to explore what might be coming for libraries within the framework of information communities. 


Students will read one book selected from a list provided below, and write a 750-1000 word reflection relating the topic and focus of the book to libraries or information environments, technology and the focus of our course. Publish the report as a post on your blog. Use images, video, or other media to enhance your artifact. More than one student can select the same title. The review should be a minimum of 750 words in length and no more than 1,000 maximum and can also include images and other media to enhance the posting.

Posting & Submission:

Post the finished report to your blog and and also submit the URL of your blog post to Canvas using the file naming convention: “LastName_NameofAssignment”.

The Reading List

  • Berger, J. (2013). Contagious: Why things catch on. New York: Simon & Schuster, [WorldCat permalink]
  • Bilton, N. (2010). I live in the future & here’s how it works: Why your world, work, and brain are being creatively disrupted. New York: Crown Business. [WorldCat permalink]
  • Cain, S. (2012). Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking. New York: Crown Publishers. [WorldCat permalink]
  • Carr, N. G. (2008). The big switch: Rewiring the world, from Edison to Google. New York: W.W. Norton & Co. [WorldCat permalink]
  • Carr, N. G. (2010). The shallows: What the Internet is doing to our brains. New York: W.W. Norton. [WorldCat permalink]
  • Christensen, C. M., Horn, M. B., & Johnson, C. W. (2008). Disrupting class: How disruptive innovation will change the way the world learns. New York: McGraw-Hill. [WorldCat permalink]
  • Gilmore, J. H., & Pine, B. J. (2007). Authenticity: What consumers really want. Boston, Mass: Harvard Business School Press.[WorldCat permalink]
  • Gladwell, M. (2005). Blink: The power of thinking without thinking. New York: Little, Brown and Co. [WorldCat permalink]
  • Gleick, J. (2011). The information: A history, a theory, a flood. New York: Pantheon Books. [WorldCat permalink]
  • Heath, C., & Heath, D. (2007). Made to stick: Why some ideas survive and others die. New York: Random House. [WorldCat permalink]
  • Hermida, A. (2014). #tell everyone: Why we share and why it matters. Toronto: Doubleday Canada. [WorldCat permalink]
  • Howard, Philip N. (2015). Pax Technica; how the internet of things may set us free or lock us up. New Haven:Yale University Press. WorldCat permalink
  • Hsieh, T. (2010). Delivering happiness: A path to profits, passion, and purpose. New York: Business Plus. [WorldCat permalink]
  • Kelly, K. (2016). The Inevitable:Understanding the 12 technological forces that will shape our future. New York: Viking. WorldCat Permalink
  • Lynch, J. (2016). You Could Look It Up: The Reference Shelf from Babylon to Wikipedia. New York: Bloomsbury. (WorldCat permalink)
  • MacKinnon, R. (2012). Consent of the networked: The worldwide struggle for internet freedom. New York, NY: Basic Books. [ Worldcat Permalink]
  • McKnight, J., Block, P., & American Planning Association. (2010). The abundant community: Awakening the power of families and neighborhoods. Chicago, Ill.: American Planning Association. [WorldCat permalink]
  • Newsom, G. C., & Dickey, L. (2013). Citizenville: How to take the town square digital and reinvent government. New York: Penguin Press.  [WorldCat permalink]
  • Palfrey, J. G., & Gasser, U. (2008). Born digital: Understanding the first generation of digital natives. New York: Basic Books. [WorldCat permalink]
  • Pink, D. H. (2006). A whole new mind: Why right-brainers will rule the future. New York: Riverhead Books. [WorldCat permalink]
  • Pink, D. H. (2009). Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us. New York, NY: Riverhead Books. [WorldCat permalink]
  • Rheingold, H. (2003). Smart mobs: The next social revolution. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Pub. [WorldCat permalink]
  • Shirky, C. (2008). Here comes everybody: The power of organizing without organizations. New York: Penguin Press. [WorldCat permalink]
  • Shirky, C. (2010). Cognitive surplus: Creativity and generosity in a connected age. New York: Penguin Press. [WorldCat permalink]
  • Sunstein, C. R. (2006). Infotopia: How many minds produce knowledge. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [WorldCat permalink]
  • Thompson, C. (2013). Smarter than you think: How technology is changing our minds for the better. New York: Penguin Press. [WorldCat permalink]
  • Turner, F. (2006). From counterculture to cyberculture: Stewart Brand, the Whole Earth Network, and the rise of digital utopianism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. [WorldCat permalink]
  • Weinberger, D. (2007). Everything is miscellaneous: The power of the new digital disorder. New York: Times Books. [WorldCat permalink]
  • Weinberger, D. (2011). Too big to know: Rethinking knowledge now that the facts aren’t the facts, experts are everywhere, and the smartest person in the room is the room. New York: Basic Books. [WorldCat permalink]

Whitehurst, J. (2015). The Open Organization.  Boston: Harvard Business Review Press. (WorldCat Permalink)

Sample Reviews:

Blink by Tamarack Hockin:

Consent of the Networked by Mallory Furnier:

The Information by Laurel Brenner:

Smarter Than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better by Lucy Palsek:
Context Book Rubric
Criteria Pts
Effective use of chosen delivery method (blog, video, audio, slides, images)
2 pts
Quality of outline and organization of post or media (logical flow, critical thinking)
3 pts
Course content (lectures, readings, media, and peer discussions) and your synthesis of it is clearly cited and serves as a resource in your writing
3 pts
Delivery mechanism is error free (text, slides, etc)
2 pts
Total Points: 10