Volume 29, Number 2, Summer 2007

What We're Reading

by: Susanne Bjørner, Bjørner & Associates

Still thinking a lot about Web 2.0 and how it affects libraries and publishing, I am working my way through The Wisdom of Crowds: Why the Many Are Smarter Than the Few, by James Surowiecki (2004). It's hard for me to understand how anyone experienced with American popular culture can embrace the concept asserted in the subtitle, so I am trying to read thoughtfully and with an open mind. I am not yet convinced, but it's still early in the book.

I'm also dipping into Windows Vista: The Missing Manual, by New York Times technology columnist David Pogue, who gave an entertaining and enlightening performance about the new Microsoft operating system—and generous free copies of his book— at ALA Midwinter. As Pogue said, it's definitely not worth upgrading an existing computer to Vista, but I am due a new machine this year. I might as well start the inevitable relearning now. I wonder why it keeps getting harder rather than easier.