Still more reports and books on the future of academic libraries

For those of you new to Confessions of a Science Librarian, I've been publishing various lists of books and reports/white papers for the last little while. The reports and books explore various ideas, issues and trends that I think will be important in the development of academic libraries over the next several years and range pretty far and wide in terms of subject matter.

I've done four lists so far, mentioning a rather frightening number of different items:



  • The Innovator's Solution: Creating and Sustaining Successful Growth by Clayton M. Christensen, Michael E. Raynor
  • The Wealth of Knowledge: Intellectual Capital and the Twenty-first Century Organization by Thomas A. Stewart
  • Educating the Net Generation: How to Engage Students in the 21st Century by Bob Pletka, Ed.D.
  • The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
  • Digital Barbarism: A Writer's Manifesto by Mark Helprin

As usual, if you know of any books or reports that might be interesting, please let me know. I'll be aggregating all the various lists and creating one big page fairly soon.

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Very nice list of lists, John. Enormous amount of information. To be blunt, I don't know where I would find the time to try to read and/or absorb any of it. The way we all work in this day and age, there is no "downtime" in which we can read, reflect, discuss, etc.

Peter, thanks for the tip.

Randy, the idea isn't to actually read the stuff, but to absorb it by osmosis. But seriously, I look at the list more as a browsing resource than anything else. If I want to pick up some ejournal stats, etc, I can check the relevant reports. In part, that's why I'm working on a consolidated list.

AJ, thanks for mentioning those two books -- both are amongst the best and most important of recent times.

Randy, the idea isn't to actually read the stuff, but to absorb it by osmosis.

I was planning on an injection into the jugular vein ...