Reading lists, yay!

Yes, I know, I'm a complete dork. But my school sent me an email with all this fun induction information, including a recommended "Background Reading List."

  • Any of the following items will provide useful background reading. We recommend that you read two or three of them before joining the programme.

    Black, Alistair, 2000. The public library in Britain, 1914-2000. London: British Library. ISBN 0712346856

    Borgman, Christine, 2000. From Gutenberg to the global information infrastructure: access to information in the networked world. MIT Press. ISBN 026202473X

    Charlton, Janet & Rosalind Johnson, 2001. National information policy. London : Library Information Technology Centre. Library & information briefings; 103.

    Dimbleby, Richard & Graeme Burton, 1998. More than words : an introduction to communication. 3rd ed. London: Routledge. ISBN 0415170060

    Feather, J., 2004. The information society : a study of continuity and change. London: Facet. ISBN 1856044971

    Feather, J. & Paul Sturges, 2002. International encyclopedia of information and library science. New York ; London: Taylor & Francis. ISBN 0415259010

    Hauptman, Robert, 2002. Ethics and librarianship. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland. ISBN 0786413069

    Orna, Elizabeth , 2004. Information strategy in practice. Aldershot: Gower. ISBN 0566085798.

    Raish, M.H., ed., 2003. Musings, meanderings, and monsters too: essays on academic librarianship. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 0810847671.

Tee-hee, "programme." I realize some of these titles look dead boring, and I don't know how many I'll be able to find around here. Let's hope I don't run across the International encyclopedia of information and library science, because that thing scares me.

Number 4 makes me think of the hideous song that people play incessantly on the guitar in college living rooms. All I have to hear is that opening "Strum, smack, strum-smack, struuuum . . . " and it sends me straight to the kitchen to jam a fork into my ear. Same thing for "Dust in the Wind." My agony is made complete when people start singing along, in groups, with their eyes closed.


daltongirl said... [reply]

If you find a copy of From Gutenberg to the global information infrastructure: access to information in the networked world can I borrow it before you leave?

That whole list looks so fascinating, it will be difficult to choose what to read first.

Makes me (sort of) grateful I'll be spending the next year coloring Precious Moments pictures for Sharing Time activities.

Nemesis said... [reply]

Yeah, I found that one. Trust MIT Press to make that one all easy to find.

And no, you can't borrow it, because I detected a tone.

daltongirl said... [reply]

Tone? What tone? Oh, you mean the tone where I am sounding totally sincere and supportive? That tone?

Streets of Belfast said... [reply]

I totally understand your excitement, in fact I am truly jealous. I did get some info on the 4 days of orientation I am expected to go to as well as my tentative class schedule.

Cicada said... [reply]

While daltongirl is borrowing From Gutenburg to the Global Information Infrastructure: Access to Information in the Networked World, can I borrow Ethics and Librarianship please? Nothing really makes me more angry than unethical librarians. Actually, Muslim-hating librarians make me more angry, but only marginally.

Miss Hass said... [reply]

And can I please borrow your copy of Bridget Jones Diary 'cause I'm not reading New Grammar of Modern Spanish until I'm a full-on grad student.

PS--Have some Thai for me before you go. m'kay?

Ciarán said... [reply]

I don't know what Richard Dimbleby has to say in that one textbook, but you might be able to impress your teacher by telling him or her about the big April Fools joke the BBC did back in 1957 when they presented a "documentary" (narrated by the aforementioned Richard Dimbleby) on the Swiss Spaghetti Harvest.

You can read more about it here.

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