Born Digital in the News

Just yesterday, we got word that Born Digital — written by DN’s own John Palfrey and Urs Gasser — was named one of Library Journal’s “Best Science and Technology Books of 2008.” This is quite an honor, particularly since it’s the only book to appear in the Computer Science category!

We were especially excited to see Born Digital make the Book Reviews blog for the River Forest Public Library as Joanna’s March Recommendation. According to Joanna, “It’s a must read for anyone who works with teens on a daily basis.” When the Digital Natives project began, that’s exactly what we were hoping for: to be able to get the right information to the right people at the right time, to make the prospect of interacting with and mentoring Digital Natives a little more legible. Thanks to Joanna for the kind words and strong recommendation.

Also, starting today and through the month of March, Born Digital is being featured in Borders’ stores in their 2009 “Original Voices” series which “highlights exceptional original writers.” Even though I gave John and Urs a hard time when I was line-editing the book last fall, I have to agree that they are definitely exceptional writers. But if you’d like to judge for yourself, you can read an excerpt from Born Digital here.

In other news, new DN intern Alex Leavitt and I will be featured in this Thursday’s Future of Education Forum. We’ll be talking about our experiences as students and as interns on the Digital Natives Project, and previewing some of our thoughts for our upcoming panel at SXSW Interactive, Blackboards or Backchannels: The Techno-Induced Classroom of Tomorrow. The Future of Education Forum starts this Thursday, March 5, at 8pm EST. We can’t wait!