The two posts I did a little while back on books and reports about the future of academic libraries have proven to be surprising popular, with the latter edging up towards being my most popular post ever (details in a few days).
Of course, there are a lot more books that are relevant to the future of academic libraries that aren't part of the formal LIS literature. So, I thought I'd follow up with an even bigger list!
This list of books is a bit more scattershot, a bit more random, but still it picks up a few themes the last set didn't, like crowdsourcing. Like with the last list, I'm not sure I expect anyone to read every word of all of these books. To be sure, the business book style that a lot of them embrace would lead to Lovecraftian dementia, what with the excessive repetition and hype. On the other hand, I think that each of them could have one idea or one case study that's worth paying attention.
There are also a couple that aren't published yet that I'm looking forward to.
- Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide by Henry Jenkins
- Small Pieces Loosely Joined: A Unified Theory of the Web by David Weinberger
- The Cluetrain Manifesto: The End of Business as Usual by Christopher Locke, Rick Levine, Doc Searls, David Weinberger
- Community: The Structure of Belonging by Peter Block
- Stewardship: Choosing Service Over Self Interest by Peter Block
- The Pirate's Dilemma: How Youth Culture Is Reinventing Capitalism by Matt Mason
- Group Genius: The Creative Power of Collaboration by Keith Sawyer
- The Myths of Innovation by Scott Berkun
- Crowdsourcing: Why the Power of the Crowd Is Driving the Future of Business by Jeff Howe
- Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin
- The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki
- The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More by Chris Anderson
- The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google by Nicholas Carr
- We-Think: Mass innovation, not mass production by Charles Leadbeater
- Free: The Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson
- Say Everything: How Blogging Began, What It's Becoming, and Why It Matters by Scott Rosenberg
- Mind Set!: Eleven Ways to Change the Way You See--and Create--the Future by John Naisbitt
- Tomorrow Now: Envisioning the Next 50 Years by Bruce Sterling
- Click: What Millions of People Are Doing Online and Why it Matters by Bill Tancer
- Planet Google: One Company's Audacious Plan To Organize Everything We Know
- The Google Story: Inside the Hottest Business, Media, and Technology Success of Our Time by David A. Vise and Mark Malseed
- Elsewhere, U.S.A.: How We Got From the Company Man, Family Dinner and the Age of Affluence to the Home Office, Blackberry Moms and Economic Anxiety by Dalton Conley
- Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Dubner, Stephen J. Levitt
- Reality Check: The Irreverent Guide to Outsmarting, Outmanaging, and Outmarketing Your Competition by Guy Kawasaki
- Viral Spiral: How the Commoners Built a Digital Republic of their Own by David Bollier
- The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship by John Willinsky
- Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet by Christine L. Borgman
- The Social Life of Information by John Seely Brown, Paul Duguid
- Infotopia: How Many Minds Produce Knowledge by Cass R. Sunstein
- Linked: How Everything Is Connected to Everything Else and What It Means by Albert-Laszlo Barabasi
- The Tower and the Cloud by Richard N. Katz, Editor
- Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution by Howard Rheingold
- The Virtual Community:Homesteading on the Electronic Frontier by Howard Rheingold
- Print Is Dead: Books in Our Digital Age by Jeff Gomez
Just like I didn't mention every single interesting book last time, I also left out a few reports that look promising. The FriendFeed thread for the previous Reports post garnered a few suggestions that I'll repeat here. As well, I found a few more on my own.
- The Research Library’s Role in Digital Repository Services
- The Changing Nature of the Catalog and Its Integration with Other Discovery Tools ("The Calhoun Report")
- On the Record: Report of The Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control ("WoGroFuBiCo")
- Associate Librarian Deanna Marcum responds to On the Record: Report of The Library of Congress Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control
- Writing in the 21st Century: A report from the National Council of Teachers of English
- ALA's Core Competences of Librarianship
- TAIGA 2009 Provocative Statements
- How to Use Social Software in Higher Education
As usual, I'm happy to take suggestions for other books, reports, blogs, etc. about the future of academic libraries here in the comments, on Friendfeed or via email (jdupuis at yorku dot ca).
Update 2009.03.11: Re: Joe Kraus' comment, I added a few more books and one report to the list from the original FriendFeed thread.