New Reviews

Roots & Flowers: The Life and Work of Afro-Cuban Librarian Marta Terry González, by Abdul Alkalimat and Kate Williams, reviewed by Kam W. Teo. Roots & Flowers: The Life and Work of the Afro-Cuban Librarian Marta Terry González is a recent book by library scholars Abdul Alkalimat and Kate Williams that attempts to shed light for a North American audience about the life and work of an Afro-Cuban librarian. It is a highly ... Read more.

Digital Dieting: From Information Obesity to Intellectual Fitness, by Tara Brabazon, reviewed by Joseph E. Straw. Tara Brabazon in her book Digital Dieting completes a trilogy that includes Digital Hemlock: Internet Education and the Poisoning of Teaching (2002) and The University of Google (2007) that all deal with the question of assimilating digital technologies ... Read more.

Toward Spatial Humanities: Historical GIS and Spatial History, by Ian Gregory and Alistair Geddes, reviewed by Bobby L. Smiley. “[A]lthough many of our collaborators have had limited actual knowledge of the practicalities of GIS,” observes Humphrey Southall in one of the chapters of Toward Spatial Humanities: Historical GIS & Spatial History, “there is a high level of general awareness of GIS and enthusiasm for its potential” (113). Seemingly unaware of its own understatement ... Read more.

Inside Roman Libraries: Book Collections and Their Management in Antiquity, by George W. Houston, reviewed by David B Levy. This excellent, well researched, well written, and engaging book is a most welcome addition to the fields of classical studies, epigraphy, history, booklore, library science, cultural studies, Roman technology, and sociology, and provides much information on the related study of early Christianity and Judaism. This book will be of interest to scholars, literate laymen ... Read more.

Reading Groups, Libraries and Social Inclusion: Experiences of Blind and Partially Sighted People, by Eileen Hyder, reviewed by Stacey Hathaway-Bell. As manager of the Reader Services department of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission’s Talking Book Program, I was intrigued by the topic of Dr. Eileen Hyder’s book Reading Groups, Libraries and Social Inclusion: Experiences of Blind and Partially Sighted People. The book proved to be a quick read and an interesting profile of the group members ... Read more.

The Cybernetics Moment, or Why We Call Our Age the Information Age, by Ronald R. Kline, reviewed by Benjamin Peters. It has been curious to observe: nowhere in the burgeoning secondary literature on cybernetics in the last two decades is there a concise history of cybernetics, the science of communication and control that helped usher in the current information age in America. Nowhere, that is, until now. To detail this claim a bit, the last two decades have seen accumulate a deep shelf of scholarly works ... Read more.

Marketing and Social Media: A Guide for Libraries, Archives, and Museums,by Christie Koontz and Lorri Mon, reviewed by Peter Ward. From the beginning it has been the fate of libraries, museums, and archives to be in the world but not of it. That near universal measure of success – profit – they proudly eschew. For some of the same reasons, the traditional ideas, techniques, and structures of marketing have been approached with uncertainty, if at all. Not only must the unfamiliarity with and objection ... Read more.

Ephemeral Material: Queering the Archive, by Alana Kumbier, reviewed by Goldwynn Lewis. In Ephemeral Material: Queering the Archive, Alana Kumbier, Critical Social Inquiry and Digital Pedagogy Librarian at Hampshire College, explores how queer people build archival collections in spaces other than conventional archives and how queer archival practices inform conventional approaches to archiving. Throughout the book the author uses the word “queer” to denote “a disruptive, transformational ... Read more.

The Book: A Global History, edited by Michael F. Suarez, S. J. and H. R. Woudhuysen, reviewed by Jennifer K. Sheehan. The Book: A Global History is the ideal subject for a review in Information & Culture: A Journal of History, as it focuses on the geographic and cultural contexts within which written information has been transmitted over time. The Book is divided into two sections: the first is a series of thematic studies relating to the history of the written word, and the second... Read more.