Recommended Reads from Educause 2015

Whoa! It’s my first blog post since 2011!  I keep meaning to start up again and never seem to figure out the right time or topic.  But today a few people asked me a relatively simple question – could I make a list of all of the recommended reads I collected at Educause – and this seemed like the easiest place to do it.

(Disclosure: I’m providing Amazon links for ease of shopping/learning more about each item, but I am not receiving any bonuses or kick-back benefits).

Drive: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us by Daniel Pink
(,  Pink was the opening keynote speaker and talked primarily about motivation – motivating ourselves and our employees.  This is his book on the same topic.

Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School by John Medina
( Medina was a featured session speaker and talked about the importance of sleep in the learning process.

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future, by Ashlee Vance
James L. Hilton, Michigan’s dean of libraries  vice provost for digital education and innovation, talked extensively about Musk in his talk about “reclaiming audacity.” 

The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies by Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee
Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces that Shape Our Decisions by Dan Airely.
McAfee (( was the Day 2 keynote speaker, the first book covers the same theme as his talk, the second is a book he recommended during the talk.

Teach Like a Champion 2.0: 62 Techniques That Put Students on the Path to College by Doug Lemov
Recommended by James May of Valencia College during his session.

Business Model Generation: A Handbook for Visionaries, Game Changers, and Challengers by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur
Value Proposition Design: How to Create Products and Services Customers Want, by Alexander Osterwalder, Yves Pigneur, and Gary Bernarda
Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators, Rulebreakers, and Changemakers, by Dave Gray, Sunni Brown, and James Macanufo
Innovation Games: Creating Breakthrough Products Through Collaborative Play by Luke Hohmann
These four were recommended by Christopher Rice ( of the University of Kentucky during his session.

Naked Statistics: Stripping the Dread from the Data by Charles Wheelan
Annie Taylor (, Penn State University, praised this book when we passed by it in the W.W. Norton Book in the exhibit hall.

I hope to spend more time blogging in the near future.  For those of you who read this blog in its earlier incarnation, I don’t expect to be doing a lot of blogging about the library job hunt anymore, because I haven’t been on the market in several years now.  There are other places, e.g. I Need a Library Job, Archives Gig, and Ask a Manager, which will give you plenty of wonderful advice on that front.

Edit:  Edited post to fix mis-attributed recommendation!


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