Sunday, January 06, 2019

This was the year that was ... my reading list for 2018 #2018Books #2018inReview

Reading/Play List, 1985
From the time I completed undergrad, I kept a list of books with short reviews (and also plays seen). I originally did this on 3x5 cards and then migrated to notebooks and then on to word processed documents. Doing these "book reports" over the years helped me to think deeper about the material I was reading and to look back over time to the things I liked (at the time) and which, sometimes in retrospect, I can't believe I actually liked! For many years (too many ago now), I also was a regular reviewer of books for various publications (mostly art and biography for Library Journal -- you can find most of those review cited in Smithsonian Research Online and many of the actual reviews on Amazon since Amazon bought the rights to the reviews from LJ's publisher).

Weeding/Donating
I won't bore everyone with my notes on my readings for this past year, but here's the list. I did a lot of re-reading of things I'd completed before (Lord of the Rings, Dune, Iris Murdoch, Vladimir Nabokov, William Gibson, Hemingway, Orwell, Asimov) and some newer authors I've enjoyed (China Mieville, Kevin Kwan), and also a number of travel books for places I visited during the year. I also finally got around to Seamus Heaney's translation of Beowulf and, I'll confess to starting the Harry Potter series (which I haven't read before! Two volumes down!). A bunch of information science and biodiversity reports and documents round out the year.

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So, here you are. This first list are the books, reports, and related that I read primarily for professional development. A lot of topic reports, annual reports, biodiversity bad news reports:



The Academic Book and the Future Project Report: A Report to the AHRC and the British Library
Living Planet Report 2018: Aiming Higher
Mapping the Future of Academic Libraries: A Report for SCONUL
2017 Annual Report: Pan-Smithsonian Cryo-Initiative
National Digital Infrastructures and Initiatives: A Report on the 2017 National Digital Platform at Three Forum
NMC Horizon Report: 2018 Higher Education Edition
Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity: Members of the Association of Research Libraries (Employee Demographics and Director Perspectives)
Envisioning our information future and how to educate for it
Theme Index / Museum Index 2017: Global Attractions Attendance Report
Research Information Management: Defining RIM and the Library’s Role
The Many Faces of Digital Visitors & Residents: Facets of Online Engagement
Advancing the National Digital Platform: The State of Digitization in US Public and State Libraries
The Transformation of Academic Library Collecting: A Synthesis of the Harvard Library’s Hazen Memorial Symposium
Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI): FY2017 Annual Report
Transforming Communities: Strategic Plan 2018–2022 Institute of Museum and Library Services
Bodleian Libraries: Sharing knowledge, inspiring scholarship
Technology in Libraries: Essays in Honor of Anne Grodzins Lipow
Changing publishing ecologies: A landscape study of new university presses and academic-led publishing
Finding a Way from the Margins to the Middle Library Information Technology, Leadership, and Culture












































And now, here's the whole list of items I read over the course of the year:



All Tomorrow's Parties (Bridge, #3)
The History of Danish Dreams
Last Tales
One Hundred Poems from the Chinese (New Directions Book)
The Academic Book and the Future Project Report: A Report to the AHRC and the British Library
Living Planet Report 2018: Aiming Higher
Beowulf
Faust in Copenhagen: A Struggle for the Soul of Physics
Hamlet (Folger Shakespeare Library)
The Spectator Bird
The Little Mermaid and Other Fairy Tales
Laughter in the Dark
The Art of War
The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
The Berlin Stories
Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians, #1)
The Italian Girl: A Novel
2017 Annual Report: Pan-Smithsonian Cryo-Initiative
National Digital Infrastructures and Initiatives: A Report on the 2017 National Digital Platform at Three Forum
Mapping the Future of Academic Libraries: A Report for SCONUL
And A Voice to Sing With: A Memoir
A Moveable Feast
The Pains
NMC Horizon Report: 2018 Higher Education Edition
Play It as It Lays
I Am Brian Wilson: A Memoir
Idoru (Bridge, #2)
A Boy and His Dog
The Diamond Age
Children of Dune (Dune Chronicles, #3)
Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity: Members of the Association of Research Libraries (Employee Demographics and Director Perspectives)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter #2)
The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, #3)
The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings, #2)
Envisioning our information future and how to educate for it
Theme Index / Museum Index 2017: Global Attractions Attendance Report
This Census-Taker
Virtual Light
Research Information Management: Defining RIM and the Library’s Role
The Many Faces of Digital Visitors & Residents: Facets of Online Engagement
The Pilgrimage
Advancing the National Digital Platform: The State of Digitization in US Public and State Libraries
Walking Guide to the Camino de Santiago History Culture Architecture from St Jean Pied de Port to Santiago de Compostela and Finisterre (CaminoGuide.net eBooks)
Camino de Santiago - Practical Preparation and Background (CaminoGuide.net eBooks)
Camino de Santiago: Camino Frances 2016
The Lore of the Camino de Santiago: A Literary Pilgrimage
The Sun Also Rises
Earth Abides
A Natural Woman: A Memoir
Utopia
Erasmus and the Age of Reformation
Erasmus, Man of Letters: The Construction of Charisma in Print
The Praise of Folly
The Manual of a Christian Knight (With Active Table of Contents)
A Very Pleasaunt & Fruitful Diologe Called the Epicure
Erasmus of Rotterdam
The Transformation of Academic Library Collecting: A Synthesis of the Harvard Library’s Hazen Memorial Symposium
Office of Fellowships and Internships (OFI): FY2017 Annual Report
Transforming Communities: Strategic Plan 2018–2022 Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings, #1)
The White Album: Essays
Bodleian Libraries: Sharing knowledge, inspiring scholarship
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter #1)
Dune Messiah (Dune Chronicles, #2)
Technology in Libraries: Essays in Honor of Anne Grodzins Lipow
I Am Legend
Changing publishing ecologies: A landscape study of new university presses and academic-led publishing
Letters to Alice: On First Reading Jane Austen
Finding a Way from the Margins to the Middle Library Information Technology, Leadership, and Culture
The Tailor of Panama: A Novel
Panama: The best Panama Travel Guide
Panama: Gateway to Latin America
Dune

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