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. 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.

Posting & Submission:

Post the finished report to your blog and and also submit the URL of your blog post to Canvas.

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]
  • Crawford, M. B. (2016). The world beyond your head: On becoming an individual in an age of distraction. [WorldCat Permalink]
  • Gleick, J. (2011). The information: A history, a theory, a flood. New York: Pantheon Books. [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]
  • Jasanoff, S. (2016). The ethics of invention: Technology and the human future. New York: W.W. Norton & Company. [WorldCat Permalink]
  • Kelly, K. (2016). The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 technological forces that will shape our future. New York: Viking. [WorldCat permalink]
  • Klosterman, C. (2016). But what if we’re wrong? Thinking about the present as if it were the past. New York: Penguin Random House. [WorldCat Permalink]
  • Levitin, D. J. (2016). A field guide to lies: Critical thinking in the information age. New York, New York: Dutton. [WorldCat Permalink] (New edition: Weaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era)
  • Lynch, J. (2016). You could look it up: The reference shelf from ancient Babylon to Wikipedia. New York: Bloomsbury Press. [WorldCat permalink]
  • MacKinnon, R. (2012). Consent of the networked: The worldwide struggle for internet freedom. New York, NY: Basic Books. [WorldCat permalink]
  • Markova, D., & McArthur, A. (2015). Collaborative intelligence: Thinking with people who think differently. New York: Spiegel & Grau. [WorldCat Permalink]
  • O’Neil, C. (2016). Weapons of math destruction: How big data increases inequality and threatens democracy. New York: Crown. [WorldCat Permalink]
  • Shirky, C. (2008). Here comes everybody: The power of organizing without organizations. New York: Penguin Press. [WorldCat permalink]
  • Shirky, C. (2017). Cognitive surplus: Creativity and generosity in a connected age. New York: Riverhead Books. [WorldCat permalink]
  • Sloman, S. & Fernbach, P. (2017). The knowledge illusion: Why we never think alone.New York: Penguin 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]
  • Tufekci, Z. (2017). Twitter and tear gas: The power and fragility of networked protest. New Haven, CT: Yale University 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:

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:

Twitter and Teargas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest by Author Zeynep Tufekci:

But What if We’re Wrong? Thinking About the Present as if it Were the Past by Chuck Klosterman:

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