Context Book Review/ Reflective Essay


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? 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. Look for ways to connect the book to your chosen community and course content.  (Course Learning Outcomes: #1, #2, #3)


Students will read one book selected from the 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.


Use this assignment to flex your academic writing muscles. Open the post with the book’s citation in standard APA formatting. Provide a brief synopsis and synthesis of main points and then explore the questions above. Include a list of references at the end of your post.

Posting & Submission

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

The Reading List

The book list for this assignment has been organized into broad topics to assist you in finding a book that relates to the information community you plan on researching. Take some time to explore the titles, look at the descriptions on WorldCat and find a book that looks interesting to you and is applicable to your community.

General Information Science: Choose a book from this section if you are interested in a general information science approach to course themes.

21st Century Information Issues: Choose a book from this section if you are interested in the technological and sociological aspects of information communities. This section also includes issues related to technology and equality, diversity, misinformation, and social justice.

Youth: Choose a book from this section if you are interested in how young people use, create and share information.

Consumer Behavior: Choose a book from this section if you are interested in how information is shared across communities and platforms.

Information Environments: Choose a book from this section if you are interested in information communities in related institutions or environments.

Privacy Issues: Choose a book from this section if you are interested in the impact of current and emerging information environments on privacy and the self.

Critical thinking/Evaluating information:  Choose a book from this section if you are interested how communities interact with information, facts, and sharing.

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 Description Pts
Professional Presentation
Makes effective use of blog post format including images and links.
 2 pts
Organization and Clarity
Demonstrates critical thinking and depth of analysis related to the focus of the book. Presents ideas with a logical flow and quality outline.
 3 pts
Connections to Course Content and Information Science
Reflects on the book through the lens of INFO 200 course content and clearly cites course materials to support ideas and connections.
 3 pts
Exhibits expertise in academic writing skills, consistently utilizing appropriate grammar and APA citation style.
 2 pts
Total Points: 10