This was way better than I expected it to be. I have loved Apple products for a while now, but hadn't really liked what I had heard about Jobs. HoweveThis was way better than I expected it to be. I have loved Apple products for a while now, but hadn't really liked what I had heard about Jobs. However, this book (written by an obvious fan who was also honest) made me like him.
Throughout the book, I found myself retelling stories to John (I think he's glad I'm finished with this one!) and being struck at the impact Jobs had across industries. I was also surprised to find the impact he's having on other companies even today. This book, for example, shed light on why Google is scaling back their product line.
It was a bit surprising to find out I had a few things in common with this guy who has so many horror stories about his personal side. Though he had integration across his products, and ultimately his doctors, he didn't have it in his belief system and how he treated others.
Finally, the story was told in a beautiful way. I particularly liked the ending. The first 400 pages were so compelling that I didn't notice them going by. The next 150 were a little slower to me (though I certainly wouldn't cut any of them), and the last 50 were very engaging again. There's a bit of repetition in the book, but I don't think you'd notice if you took your time reading it. They only became apparent due to the one-week push I made through the text.
I read this for a reading group at my library; we picked it because we thought it'd be a good book to help us think about our changing users and whatI read this for a reading group at my library; we picked it because we thought it'd be a good book to help us think about our changing users and what services we should offer and if how we serve them should change. In particular, the teaching librarians got together to read it.
This book was far better than I expected. And it was far more about us than our users (at least for our discussion). It's a well researched argument in that almost everything is cited. I now want to go in and read some of the cited sources to verify it's well researched in terms of accuracy, though I'd guess that it is.
I mostly enjoyed reading it because it helped me think about how plugged in I have been and how to think about my recent transition to being a little less online. Much of the longer-form reading/thinking Carr discusses is something that I thought of as part of my childhood personality: something outgrown when you realize the world moves so fast. Now I'm wondering if I put myself into a world that moves too fast and if I can return to a more thoughtful, reflective place while still staying current in my day-to-day work.
It's all a series of experiments, and I'm glad this book has spurred an experiment in my life of opening a book (on my phone) when I'm tempted to glance at Facebook or Email. Who knows how it'll go in terms of rewiring my brain, but I sure am reading a lot these days!...more
I have a ton of books checked out from my library, and I realized that I'm not really going to have time to read them this summer... so the plan is toI have a ton of books checked out from my library, and I realized that I'm not really going to have time to read them this summer... so the plan is to skim through and speed read a book a workday until I have returned them all (or at least most of them; some I do want to read more closely). This book kicked off the project.
I found this book while wandering the stacks and couldn't resist it. I showed a bunch of folks, but few were as excited as I was. I'm so glad this hadn't been weeded along the way.
There were a few lines in it that were clearly of the era, including a short bit on how libraries would be around in 2000, but nuclear holocaust might lead to no library users. However, a lot of the text was really about libraries and it was less obvious what time period it was written in. Some was dated, but unclear exactly how much so. Some parts, surprisingly, were written as though they could be in a publication today.
Some projections about the future of higher ed came true. The discussions of instructional technology (and the librarian's potential role as an educational consultant) sounded remarkably like what we're talking about today. A few chapters shed light on the beginnings of librarian as educator. The book contains many discussions of library school education. And there were familiar discussions of how library school grads (once sought after) were having a hard time finding their first professional position.
There was a fascinating discussion of the internet on page 154, though it obviously wasn't called that. This continued on to a discussion of how information overload will be an issue because we'll have access to so many pieces of information it'll be hard to sift out the right ones. (Perhaps this was the most on-target prediction in the book!) There was also discussion of the move towards a national bibliographic database.
So, anyway, fascinating book and worth checking out if you're interested in the history, culture, or future forcasting of libraries!!...more
This extremely readable book was exactly what I was looking for all through my MLIS program. It was a fantastic read, and I'm now about to try and conThis extremely readable book was exactly what I was looking for all through my MLIS program. It was a fantastic read, and I'm now about to try and convince as many of my colleagues to read it as possible!!...more