Context Book


The Context Book assignment gives you an opportunity to explore literature outside of our focus for this course but tangentially related to core concepts.  Some questions to spur your thinking: How does the book align with our course content? What can librarians glean from these works? How might the focus of some titles impact library service? Users? The way we exchange and share information? Consider your choice as a way to explore what might be coming for libraries within the framework of participatory service. 


Students will read one book selected from a list provided below or by choosing a text related to the course topic, and write a minimum 500 word reflection or create a media-based presentation relating the topic and focus of the book to libraries or information environments, technology and the focus of our course. Publish the report as a post on your blog. Use images, video, and other media to enhance your artifact. Note – you can also create a media-based presentation but please include any text-based scripts or notes as part of the blog post.

Inspirational Examples

Please review examples to see how previous students have creatively approached the Context Book assignment at the Assignment Inspiration Page. 

Posting & Submission

Post the finished report to your blog. As a final step, submit your post URL to our Canvas site.


Context Book Rubric
Criteria Pts
Effective use of chosen delivery method (blog, video, audio, slides, images)
3 pts
Quality of outline and organization of post or media (logical flow, critical thinking)
7 pts
Course content (lectures, readings, media, and peer discussions) and your synthesis of it is clearly cited and serves as a resource in your writing
7 pts
Delivery mechanism is error free (text, slides, etc)
3 pts
Total Points: 20


The Reading List

    • Anderson, Chris. Makers: The New Industrial Revolution 
    • Anderson, Chris. The Long Tail
    • Batelle, John. The Search
    • Berger, Jonah. Contagious: Why Things Catch On
    • Bilton, Nick. I Live in the Future And Here’s How It Works: Why Your World, Work, and Brain Are Being Creatively Disrupted
    • Boyd, Danah. It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens
    • Buckingham, David (ed.). Youth, Identity, and Digital Media
    • Cain, Susan. Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking
    • Christensen, Clayton. Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns
    • Collins, Jim. Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap… and Others Don’t
    • Davidson, Cathy. Now You See It: How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn
    • Doctorow, Cory. Content: Selected Essays on Technology, Creativity, Copyright, and the Future of the Future
    • Duhigg, Charles. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
    • Dyer, Jeff, Hal Gregersen, & Clayton M. Christensen. The Innovator’s DNA: Mastering the Five Skills of Disruptive Innovators
    • Eyal, Nir. Hooked: How to build habit-forming products
    • Fields, Jonathan. Uncertainty: Turning Fear and Doubt into Fuel for Brilliance
    • Gardner, Howard and Katie Davis. The App Generation: How Today’s Youth Navigate Identity, Intimacy, and Imagination in a Digital World
    • Gee, James Paul. What Video Games Have to teach Us about Learning and Literacy
    • Gilmore, James & B. Joseph Pine II. Authenticity: What Consumers Really Want
    • Gladwell, Malcolm. Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
    • Greenberg, Andy. This Machine Kills Secrets
    • Harford, Tim. Messy: The Power of Disorder to Transform out Lives
    • Harper, Richard. Texture: Human Expression in the Age of Communications Overload
    • Hayes, Tom. Jump Point: How Network Culture is Revolutionizing Business
    • Heath, Chip and Dan Heath. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die
    • Hermida, Alfred. Tell Everyone: Why we Share and Why it Matters
    • Hsieh, Tony. Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion and Purpose
    • Ito, Mizuko et al. Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media
    • Jenkins, Henry. Convergence Culture
    • Jenkins, Henry. Fans, Bloggers and Gamers: Media Consumers in a Digital Age
    • Jenkins, Henry et al. Spreadable media : creating value and meaning in a networked culture
    • Johnson, Clay.  The Information Diet: A Case for Conscious Consumption
    • Johnson, Steven. Everything Bad is Good for You
    • Johnson, Steven. Future Perfect: The Case For Progress In A Networked Age
    • Johnson, Steven. Where Good Ideas Come From
    • Jones, Meg Leta. Ctrl + Z : the right to be forgotten
    • Kawasaki, Guy. Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions
    • Kelley, Tom with Jonathan Littman. The Ten Faces of Innovation
    • Kelley, Tom & David. Creative Confidence
    • Kleinberg, Tamara. Think Sideways: A Game-Changing Playbook for Disruptive Thinking
    • Klinenberg, Eric. Palaces for the People: How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civil Life
    • Kurzweil, Ray. How To Create A Mind
    • Levine, Rick et al. The Cluetrain Manifesto
    • Li, Charlene & Josh Bernoff. Groundswell, expanded and revised edition: Winning in a World Transformed by Social Technologies
    • Linkner, Josh. Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity
    • Logan, Dave, John King, & Halee Fischer-Wright. Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization
    • Lupi, Giorgia & Posavec, Stefanie. Dear Data
    • MacKinnon, Rebecca. Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom
    • Martin, Patricia. RenGen Renaissance Generation
    • Martinez, S. L., & Stager, G. Invent to learn: Making, tinkering, and engineering in the classroom
    • McCandless, David. Knowledge is Beautiful
    • McCandless, David. The Visual Miscellaneum
    • McGonigal, Jane. Reality is Broken
    • McKnight, John & Peter Block. The Abundant Community: Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods
    • Morville, Peter. Planning for Everything: The Design of Paths and Goals
    • Mullis, Kary. Dancing Naked in the Mind
    • Neumeier, Marty. The Designful Company
    • Palfrey, John & Urs Gasser. Born Digital: Understanding the First Generation of Digital Natives
    • Palfrey, John. BiblioTech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google
    • Pink, Daniel. A Whole New Mind
    • Pink, Daniel. Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
    • Pinker, Steven. Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
    • Rheingold, Howard. Smart Mobs
    • Rosenbaum, Steven. Curation Nation: How to Win in a World Where Consumers are Creators
    • Rushkoff, Douglas. Playing the Future
    • Rushkoff, Douglas. Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now
    • Rushkoff, Douglas. Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age
    • Scott, Kim. Radical Candor: Fully Revised & Updated Edition: Be a Kick-Ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity
    • Senge, Peter. The Necessary Revolution
    • Seymour, Richard. The Twittering Machine
    • Sheninger, Eric C. Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today
    • Shirky, Clay. Cognitive Surplus
    • Shirky, Clay. Here Comes Everybody
    • Simon, Nina. The Participatory Museum
    • Sinclair, Amanda. Leading Mindfully: How to focus on what matters, influence for good, and enjoy leadership more
    • Standage, Tom. Writing on the Wall: Social Media – The First 2,000 Years
    • Sunstein, Cass. Infotopia
    • Tapscott, Don. Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing Your World 
    • Thompson, Clive. Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better
    • Tolentino, Jia. Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion
    • Tufeki, Zeynep. Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest
    • Turner, Fred. From Counterculture to Cyberculture
    • Weinberger, David. Everyday Chaos: Technology, Complexity, and How We’re Thriving in a New World of Possibility
    • Wu, Tim. The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires
    • Young, Nora. The Virtual Self: How Our Digital Lives are Altering the World Around Us