Book Report Choices!

Everyone – do not feel stressed about matching a book to your exact community. Please note that the word “applicable” in the assignment can be used in a broad sense so books on 21st Century issues impacting information behavior would work for many communities, as would the general information science category. The sections on privacy issues and evaluating information can also be applied to most communities. Do not feel you need a specific book focused just on your community. This assignment is meant to get you reading in the socio-technological genre and applying the ideas to our course work. 
Glad to answers questions about this!

5 thoughts on “Book Report Choices!

  1. Jennifer Ford

    Hi Michael,

    The book I’m focusing on by Danah Boyd, “It’s Complicated,” as you know, focuses on the social networking of teens. Although the book outlines many important aspects of teens’ accessing social media (i.e., privacy, addiction, bullying, etc.), I am primarily interested in the areas of the book that address inequality and literacy issues. For my research, I am connecting those issues to other articles relating to how teens use social media for information and in turn, how libraries are viewed and library services are affected.

    For the book review, my understanding is that we are using the book to connect to our information community, course materials, and other articles we have discovered through research. That being said, is it correct to assume that our chosen book is actually just one of the many references we will cite for this review/reflective essay? Should the book be our main focus or should we focus more on how the book relates to the issues related to our information community?

  2. Jennifer Ford

    Hi @michael, (Trying this again, since I didn’t tag you the first time.)

    The book I’m focusing on by Danah Boyd, “It’s Complicated,” as you know, focuses on the social networking of teens. Although the book outlines many important aspects of teens’ accessing social media (i.e., privacy, addiction, bullying, etc.), I am primarily interested in the areas of the book that address inequality and literacy issues. For my research, I am connecting those issues to other articles relating to how teens use social media for information and in turn, how libraries are viewed and library services are affected.

    For the book review, my understanding is that we are using the book to connect to our information community, course materials, and other articles we have discovered through research. That being said, is it correct to assume that our chosen book is actually just one of the many references we will cite for this review/reflective essay? Should the book be our main focus or should we focus more on how the book relates to the issues related to our information community?

    1. Michael Stephens Post author

      Hi @jenford How odd I did not get a notification of your first comment. I usually do!

      I think you are on track. Be sure to cite from our course resources (it’s in the rubric) and anything else that you have read that is connected, spurs your thinking, etc. I think the balance of book and community could be half and half or so. The examples all got high marks for their connection to class and community. As I stated above, though, one primary goal of this assignment is to get you reading and reflecting on how people use information. 🙂

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