Volume 29, Number 1, Spring 2007

What We're Reading

by: Susanne Bjørner, Bjørner & Associates

Although - or maybe because - it raised more questions for me than it answered, the OCLC Symposium at Midwinter in Seattle, Who's Watching YOUR Space?, provided a wealth of reading suggestions for understanding new (i.e., younger) audiences and the effect they will have on the Internet and society. I'm taking a look at several books in social theory suggested by Howard Rheingold, danah boyd, Marc Smith, and Michael Stephens. Among them: Rick Levine's The Cluetrain Manifesto (2000), Robert Axelrod's The Evolution of Cooperation (1984), William H. Whyte's City (1989), and Rheingold's Smart Mobs (2003).

My section of ASCLA (ILEX) is conducting a survey on the Professional Affiliations of Independent Librarians in an effort to determine new audiences for this old discussion group, roundtable, and section, and I am sneaking a first read at some of the early responses. Very interesting! If you are using, ever have used, or ever hope to use your library skills working somewhere beyond a library setting, please contribute your thoughts and expereince to the online survey.

For fun, I recently finished The Time Traveler's Wife (Audrey Niffenegger) and I think I found an error in the dates! December 24, 2006 was not a Friday, as stated therein, but on a Sunday. Or did I miss the point?