Making the World a Better Place in Mini-Reviews

August 9, 2017 Uncategorized 3

Making the World a Better Place in Mini-ReviewsTitle: Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery
Author: Caren Cooper
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: five-stars

As most of you probably know already, I work in science, so I’m not a completely objective reviewer of this book. That said, I loved it. The author describes the science and the contribution citizen scientists make in a clear and accessible way. She was incredibly enthusiastic about the difference citizen scientists make in their communities, in the scientific community, and in the world. I found this very inspiring and will definitely be looking for some citizen science projects to get involved in at SciStarter.com. Whatever your hobbies or interests, whether you prefer to sit at a computer or get out in nature, the author describes projects that you’re likely to find appealing. If you want to get more involved in your community, are curious about science, or have kids who’d participate in citizen science projects with you, I suggest checking out the website and the book.

Making the World a Better Place in Mini-ReviewsTitle: This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All
Author: Marilyn Johnson
Links: Indiebound |Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

Like Citizen ScienceThis Book is Overdue is filled with the author’s enthusiasm for a quirky group of people making the world a better place. It included many entertaining stories and I loved hearing about the many different ways librarians are making their communities a better place. If I’m honest, I think I might be giving this a five star review if I hadn’t read so many five star review books lately. Compared to Citizen Science, it was a little less organized, more scattered. It also felt lighter. Although librarians are doing impressive things, including using technology in very cool ways, this book didn’t include any technical detail. However, I would be more than happy to read more books by Marilyn Johnson and will definitely be looking for her first book on obituary writers, which promises to be equally entertaining.

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