Entries in "Book Reviews" ( for this category only)

Book on MySpace for Parents

MySpace Unraveled: A Parent's Guide to Teen Social Networking from the Directors of BlogSafety.com
by Larry Magid, AnneCollier
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Pub Date: August 02, 2006
Print ISBN-10: 0-321-48018-X
Print ISBN-13: 978-0-321-48018-7
Pages: 192

I found this book from my library's Safari e-Books subscription. It looks like a great source for parents, or others with regular contact with children such as teachers or librarians.

Topics include:

  • Basics of online social networking.
  • How children are using MySpace.
  • Positive and negative aspects of social networking sites.
  • Internet safety for kids.
  • How to communicate with children about what they are doing online.
  • What parental controls are available and how to use them.
It does provide other information about MySpace as well, such as manipulating the html for various improvements and customizations.

You may want to check out the chapter called "Where do we go from here?" that addresses the changing nature of the web with respect to the newest generation. It ends with a fictional story about a girl called Susan. I love the point this section of the books is making.

By far her most effective safeguard, though, is Susan's growing proficiency in fine-tuning a filter that works infinitely better than anything we or her parents could possibly install on her PC. This filter is the software running on the computer between her ears—her own developing critical thinking skills and her ability to make appropriate decisions.
Right on!

Science Play Comes of Age

The Scientist in the article Science Plays Come of Age explores the art of scientific storytelling with Lauren Gunderson - a playwright, screenwriter, short story author and actor based in Atlanta, GA.

My career as a science playwright started when I asked my undergraduate physics professor to let me write a play instead of a term paper. Luckily he agreed, and the result was a time-twisting play called Background, based on cosmologist Ralph Alpher. Unexpectedly, the play not only satisfied my physics professor, it went on to receive awards and inspire productions across the country.

Review: Using the Mathematics Literature

Dana Roth, on the SciTech Library Question blog, wrote a short review about Using the Mathematics Literature, edited by Kristine K. Fowler. Using the Mathematics Literature can be located in the Kelvin Smith Library's reference collection.

Information Sources in Engineering

Randy Reichardt, on the Scitech Library Question, shared his review of Information Sources in Engineering (4th Ed.), edited by Roderick A. MacLeod and Jim Corlett.

The Kelvin Smith Library owns a copy in the Quick Reference collection at the KSL Reference Desk, and a 2nd copy at the small reference collection that supports that Engineering Librarian's office hours from Nord Hall.

Get more information about the Engineering Reading Room and related office hours from the KSL web page about the services.