Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Welcome, and let's pick our first book

This blog is an organizing and discussion forum for a new reading group at UW-Madison. The group is being started by a couple of newly-tenured (yay) faculty in the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) -- but really, anyone can join. All you need is an irrational interest in books about "information and society" broadly construed. Some of these are books we should have read in graduate school. Some are new works that everyone's buzzing about and we don't want to feel left out. Some are forgotten gems. Some we read just so we can get really, really angry and cut them to ribbons. And if we have any creativity at all, we'll get some fiction into the mix as well.

Only members of the blog will be posting and commenting here. But if you'd like to participate please simply contact one of the members. In the comments to this first post, let's try to figure out what book we want to start with.


Greg D. said...

Nonfiction suggestions:

Vincent Mosco, The digital sublime: Myth, power, and cyberspace (2004)

Geoffrey Bowker, Memory practices in the sciences (2005)

Fiction suggestions:

M.T. Anderson, Feed (2004?)

Geoff Ryman, Air: Or, have not have (2004)

kristin said...

I didn't know about the Bowker book. Let's do that first!

I also vote for:
Willinsky, John (2006) The Access Principle. The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship.

I read a book review on it and it claims that despite the title it gives OA a balanced critique.

But let's start with Bowker.