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:
- Sixteen books
- Twenty-nine reports
- Thirty-four books and eight reports
- Nine reports and sixteen books
- Online Catalogs: What Users and Librarians Want
- On the Move with the Mobile Web: Libraries and Mobile Technologies
- JISC Response to: Some comments prepared jointly by The Publishers Association, the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers and the International Association of STM Publishers on the report "Economic Implications of Alternative Scholarly Publishing Models: Exploring the costs and benefits"
- Informing Innovation: Tracking Student Interest in Emerging Library Technologies at Ohio University (A Research Report)
- Participatory Networks: The Library as Conversation
- E-journals: their use, value and impact
- Higher Education in a Web 2.0 World
- Developing a Scholarly Communication Program in Your Library
- Moving into multiplebusiness models*: Outlook for Newspaper Publishing in the Digital Age
- Transformational Times: An Environmental Scan Prepared for the ARL Strategic Plan Review Task Force
- 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.
Since you mention Christensen's work, you may also be interested in a shared Zotero library on Christensen's theory and works that relate his theory to higher education libraries that I created. Other citations are welcome!
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.
Two more books:
Everything is Miscellaneous by David Weinberger
Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky
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 ...