Thursday, January 02, 2020

2019: The Year in Review of Professional Reading

Here's a list of the material that I read over the course of 2019 to keep up with developments in the profession (see my 2018 Reading List  for last year).

I'd like to point out a few highlights of the year. Topping that list is our own Alvin Hutchinson's Science Libraries in the Self Service Age (2019). Alvin gives a cogent account of changes in library profession and directions forward. Other highlights included the late John Perry Barlow's autobiography, Mother American Night (2018); though you may know Barlow as a lyricist for the Grateful Dead, he was also a proponent of cyber-freedom (as a founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation) and, over a number of years, co-conspirator at activities/events at the Internet Archive.

Two additional not-quite library science highlights from my professional network were Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving the University (2019) by Kathleen Fitzpatrick. Kathleen's thoughtful approach to the challenges (and opportunities) faced by higher education in the U.S. are also transferable to the library profession. Likewise, David Weinberger's Everyday Chaos (2019) explores issues of artificial intelligence, machine learning, big data, and related topics which will have significant impacts on libraries going forward.

Many items on the list are related to biodiversity and technical reports from organization working in that area. Headlines are increasingly covering the perilous state of biodiversity on our planet and the science behind these headlines is important for all of us to understand.

So, without further ado, here's my 2019 professional reading list:

Here's a longer list that also includes most of the library and information science items above as well as a number of shorter articles and reports.

Allen, Stephanie, Sofía Becerra-Licha, Kenn Bicknell, Jacqueline E. Chapman, Genna Duplisea, M. Alison Eisendrath, Joe Filapek, Jan Levinson Hebbard, James Himphill, Jeffrey Inscho, Susan M. Irwin, Elizabeth Joffrion, Stephanie Baltzer Kom, Melissa Levine, Christina E. Newton, Dr. Mega Subramaniam, Gina Watkinson, and Darla Wegener. (2017). Collective Wisdom: An Exploration of Library, Archives and Museum Cultures. Dublin, Ohio: OCLC Research. http://

American Alliance of Museums. (2018). Facing Change: Insights from the American Alliance of Museum’s Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Working Group. AAM.

Bryant, Rebecca, Anna Clements, Pablo de Castro, Joanne Cantrell, Annette Dortmund, Jan Fransen, Peggy Gallagher, and Michele Mennielli. 2018. Practices and Patterns in Research Information Management: Findings from a Global Survey. Dublin, OH: OCLC Research.

Courant, Paul N., ed. (2008). No Brief Candle: Reconceiving Research Libraries for the 21st Century. Council on Library and Information Resources.

Daniel, Katherine, Joseph Esposito, Roger C. Schonfeld. (2019). Library Acquisition Patterns. Ithaka S+R. DOI:

Dooley, Jackie. (2015). The Archival Advantage: Integrating Archival Expertise into Management of Born-digital Library Materials. Dublin, Ohio: OCLC Research.

Doucet, Michelle. (2007). Library and Archives Canada: A Case Study of a National Library, Archives, and Museum Merger. RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage. DOI:10.5860/rbm.8.1.278

Duff, Wendy, Carter, Jennifer, Cherry, Joan, MacNeil, Heather, Howarth, Lynne (2013). From coexistence to convergence: Studying partnerships and collaboration among libraries, archives, and museums. Information Research.

Kirchner, Joy, José Diaz, Geneva Henry, Susan Fliss, John Culshaw, Heather Gendron, and Jon E. Cawthorne. (2015). The Center of Excellence Model for Information Services. Council on Library and Information Resources.

Dempsey, Lorcan, Constance Malpas, and Mark Sandler. (2019). Operationalizing the BIG Collective Collection: A Case Study of Consolidation vs Autonomy. Dublin, OH: OCLC Research.

Godby, Jean, Karen Smith-Yoshimura, Bruce Washburn, Kalan Knudson Davis, Karen Detling, Christine Fernsebner Eslao, Steven Folsom, Xiaoli Li, Marc McGee, Karen Miller, Honor Moody, Craig Thomas, and Holly Tomren. (2019). Creating Library Linked Data with Wikibase: Lessons Learned from Project Passage. Dublin, OH: OCLC Research.

Kotter, John P. (1995). Leading Change: Why Transformation Efforts Fail. Harvard Business Review. May-June 1995.

Malpas, Constance, and Merrilee Proffitt. (2017). The Transformation of Academic Library Collecting: A Synthesis of the Harvard Library’s Hazen Memorial Symposium. Dublin, OH: OCLC Research. doi:10.25333/C3J04Z

Marcum, Deanna. (2016). Library Leadership for the Digital Age. Ithaka S+R. DOI:
Morgan, Kendra, and Merrilee Proffitt. (2017). Advancing the National Digital Platform: The State of Digitization in US Public and State Libraries. Dublin, Ohio: OCLC Research. -digital-platform-2017.pdf

New York University. Division of Libraries. (2012). Strategic Plan 2013-2017: Mapping the Library for the Global Network University.

Olson, D., Meyerson, J., Parsons, M., Castro, J., Lassere, M., Wright, D., ... Acker, A. (2019). Information Maintenance as a Practice of Care. DOI:

Pinfield, Stephen, Andrew M. Cox, and Sophie Rutter (2017). Mapping the Future of Academic Libraries: A Report for SCONUL.

Ruttenberg, Judy and Elizabeth A. Waraksa. (2019). “Why Does Research Data Management Need Radical Collaboration?” Research Library Issues, no. 296: 3–5.

Schonfeld, Roger C. (2016). Organizing the Work of the Research Library. Ithaka S+R. DOI:

Schonfeld, Roger C. and Liam Sweeney. (2017). Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity: Members of the
Association of Research Libraries Employee Demographics and Director Perspective. Ithaka S+R. DOI:

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