Friday, February 1, 2013

Blog Compilation!

Reading LIS-related blogs is a great way to keep up-to-date on topics and trends in the professional world. It' can be pretty easy to get bogged down by schoolwork during the quarter, and taking a break to read some blog articles is a great way to do some informal professional development on your own schedule. Here a few of the blogs we like to read, on a variety of topics, and in no particular order:

1) Hack Library School: written by library school students at a variety of institutions, this blog highlights ways to get through, and get the most out of, your library school experience.

2) Hiring Librarians: managed by Emily Weak, this blog provides interviews with librarians who hire librarians, with recent interview series now featuring job seekers and library school career centers as well.

3) I Need a Library Job: managed by Naomi House and her team of editors.Features daily updates on jobs around the world, focusing on the United States, as well as more general job resources and interviews with successful job hunters.

4) I Love Libraries: maintained by the American Library Association, this blog is written for public awareness on what is going on in the library world.

5) Librarian in Black: written by Sarah Houghton, a public librarian in California, this blog focuses on trends in library, web, and digital services.

6) Words in Space: written by Shannon Christine Mattern, a professor at the New School, this blog focuses on library and archives-related information with an urban twist.

7) Digital Humanities Now: governed by an editorial board, this blog pulls noteworthy digital humanities content from hundreds of sources and highlights the work in an open source format through their website and online journal, titled Journal of Digital Humanities.

8) The Scholarly Kitchen: maintained by a group of editors and contributors from the Society for Scholarly Publishing, this blog discusses trends and issues in open access and scholarly publishing.

9) Letters to a Young Librarian: managed by Jessica Olin, this blog provides advice to new(er) librarians on navigating academic librarianship. She often posts entries by guest bloggers as well.

10) Things of Interest to a Medical Librarian: written by Michelle Kraft, this blog discusses a variety of topics related to medical librarianship.

One great way to stay on top of a long list of blogs is to create folders in an RSS feed, like Google Reader. That way, it's easy to see what's new without jumping from website to website.

Are there any blogs that you rely on or read frequently for LIS-related information?

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