Let’s try the meme again, but this time with the booklist of the The Big Read .

1) Look at the list and bold those you’ve read and italicize those of which you only read part.
2) Add a ‘+’ to the ones you LOVE.
3) Star (*) those you plan on reading.
4) Tally the ones you have read completely

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Because SW asked so nicely…

BBC Book Meme

As seen everywhere.

BBC Book List

I wonder whether only having seen the movie / miniseries also counts?
Instructions:
1) Look at the list and put an ‘x’ after those you have read. (screw the x, I’ll bold those I’ve read and italicize those of which I only read part.)
2) Add a ‘+’ to the ones you LOVE.
3) Star (*) those you plan on reading.

So, here we go…
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by Chip Heath & Dan Heath

This book covers reserch on how to make your ideas stick. They start off with several very compelling urban legends, and then analyse several of them to see what succesful stories have in comon. And with succesful, one means ideas/lectures/stories that stick and people remember for some time. In a nutshell, these are the important ingredients for anything to stick:

1. Simplicity: get to the core, don’t forget about the curse of knowledge (commander’s intent).

2. Unexpectedness: get people’s attention, maybe through a surprise element, hold people’s attentions by creating interest. Create a gap in people’s knowledge, or at least awareness of the gap.

3. Concreteness: talk about people, instead of data (e.g. use a more journalistic style).

4. Credibility: external (who is the authority?), internal (details that can be checked), make sure the credentials in the storie can be tested.

5. Emotional: make people care, appeal to the self-interest of people, to their sense of identity

6. Stories: get people to act, to inspire them.

While you don’t need all of the above to make something stick, stories tend to be more sticky when several elements are covered. Definitely a book that reads easily, and the authors also mention that they were influenced by the style of Malcolm Gladwell. Although they don’t make it to Maeda’s ideal of a 100 pages (i.e., my copy has 257 pages without the notes), it’s very possible to chop the book in smaller pieces and read more piecemeal.

Currently, our library is considering reclassifying and updating the collection on psychology and HCI. But which classification to use? What are the salient parts for the people now, and which might they be alter? How to leave space for future work, and where? Our library uses a system similar to the Library of Congress, in that it uses letters as its first classification, rather than numbers.

So, do we need a capital for this category, or could we go with a two-letter classification as the main category? Currently, psychology is a three-letter category and HCI isn’t a category at all, with the results that the books go any which way. While this isn’t a big problem when searching online through the catalogue, it does make it rather difficult to browse through books in the neighbourhood to see if there’s anything interesting nearby.

I couldn’t resist temptation and volunteered to help make a set-up for the new categories, together with my supervisor. If this sounds as though my supervisor made me, well, please, drop the idea. We are both rather passionate on the topic of information sharing, and I at least go down to the library at least once a month. The front-row librarians all know me an a first-name base, because I’ve asked questions and made some well-received suggestions for improving the library.

So now, I get to look into already existing classifications and see what they are made of. It’s rather interesting really. Did you know that industrial psychology in the LoC classification belongs to the subclass of social sciences, commerce, while pretty much everything else belongs under subclass psychology? The next thing to delve into is the Dewey Decimal Classification. Monday we’re having a meeting to discuss our ideas and the books we would love to see in the library.

Which classification does your library use? Are you happy with it? And which books do you consider essential for psychology and/or HCI?