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Buffy’s Poll: Crowdsourcing the Critical Reads

Buffy Hamilton  (Unquiet Librarian and new Mover and Shaker) recently posted: Crowdsourcing Recommended Reads for Issues in School Librarianship.  Inspired by a request from her mentor and friend, Dr. Mary Ann Fitzgerald, of the University of Georgia, Buffy polled her PLN for recommendations for a recently published single book:

a paradigm shifter sort of book that relates to SLM.  Not a textbook.

Something like

  • information + social + technology + education, multiplied by radical
  • Something we can all read and have some rich discussions about, preferably available in e-book format
  • TED talkish

The list is rich and thoughtful and all around wonderful and I am already loading my readers with titles I missed!  These titles are appropriate for new librarians, veterans like me, for professional development groups, and pretty fabulous for sparking pre-service class discussion.

Thanks, yet again, Buffy, and thanks also to the impressive list of contributors.

You can add  your own suggestions by adding them to Buffy’s public Google doc.  Here’s a Slideshare version.

Recommended Reads: Issues in School Librarianship

Note: Buffy’s post reignited an old idea I had for a post and a poll.  More on that next time, my friends.
Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. Joyce, thank you for the kind words and sharing this collaboratively created resource. I felt lucky to have so many wise people contribute to the effort and thank them for generously sharing; I also want to thank Dr. Fitzgerald for sharing this inquiry and encouraging me to crowdsource it!

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