Hacking Europe: From Computer Cultures to Demoscenes, edited by Gerard Alberts and Ruth Oldenziel, reviewed by Thomas J. Misa. Hacking Europe expands our understanding of information and culture in two ways. First, the book offers a set of rich case studies from European authors who draw on German, Dutch, Greek, Polish, Czech, British, Finnish and Yugoslav experiences and perspectives that significantly counter the too-often-prevalent Anglo-American bias. Second, with its focus on computer hackers and gamers forming powerful and consequential... Read more.
The Education of Alice M. Jordan: Navigating a Career in Children's Librarianship, by Gale Eaton, reviewed by Ramirose Attebury. Alice M. Jordan championed library services to children throughout her long career at Boston Public Library in the early part of the twentieth century. Her varied activities, which biographer Gale Eaton describes meticulously, ranged from writing about and promoting children’s literature, advocating for and overseeing trained staff and departmental resources, partnering with area schools, teaching library science courses... Read more.
A World of Paper: Louis XIV, Colbert de Torcy, and the Rise of the Information Age, by John C. Rule and Ben S. Trotter, reviewed by Patrick M. Valentine. Prodigiously researched in archives, this book has much to say about government, the training of bureaucrats, and the use of information by the foreign ministry in France during the last decades of Louis XIV, the “roi-bureaucrate” rather than the “roi-soleil” (14). The word “paper” in the title really means “paperwork.” There is no discussion of the creation, distribution or preservation of paper, while... Read more.