Daily Archives: April 13, 2011

Top library blogs you should be following

Librarians fresh out of college, or not so fresh out of college (2008 graduation for me) are learning that the best way to climb the ropes of the library ladder is to improve technology skills and know-how. As more and more children are growing up in front of computers and with cell-phones clutched in their palms, librarians need to learn how to promote literacy through new means. An ebook, is still a book. Whether you are reading from a screen or from a paper page, you are still reading.

This post is to highlight some of my favorite library websites & blogs that focus on the growing trends in the field, as well as news from around the nation and around the world. These sites are key in helping bridge the gap between technology and literacy.

Library News
  1. Library Stuff – http://www.librarystuff.net/
  2. LIS News – http://lisnews.org/
  3. Library Juice – http://libraryjuicepress.com/blog/
Librarian Blogs
  1. Lore Librarian – http://lorelibrarian.wordpress.com/
  2. Librarian in Black – http://librarianinblack.net/librarianinblack/
  3. Mel’s Desk – http://melissa.depperfamily.net/blog/
  4. Speak Quietly – http://www.speakquietly.blogspot.com/
  5. Abby the Librarian – http://www.abbythelibrarian.com/
  6. Swiss Army Librarian – www.swissarmylibrarian.net
Library Fun
  1. A Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette – http://libetiquette.blogspot.com/
  2. Awful Library Books – http://awfullibrarybooks.net
  3. Unshelved Comic Strip – www.unshelved.com
Library Tools
  1. Google Librarian Central – http://librariancentral.blogspot.com/
  2. iLibrarian – http://oedb.org/blogs/ilibrarian/
  3. Infopeople – http://infopeople.org/
  4. Webjunction – http://www.webjunction.org/1

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Its National Library Week! Everybody celebrate by going to your local library and checking out the maximum number of items humanely possible to show your support.

This is a fantastic article on CNN about how libraries and librarians are the most awesome elements of education, information and pop culture ever. Read it, believe it, and acccept it. Librarians are cool.

  • What does your favorite childhood book say about you now? via Flavorwire Some of my favorite predictions:   
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
Every house you live in must be outfitted with a walk in closet. Just in case.
The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
No matter what, you’re always the only one at the office at 9am on the dot. Then you annoy everyone all day with all your clever puns.
Goosebumps by R.L. Stine
You’re the guy who finds a way to ruin every party.
  • What I consider to be a “Well, Duh” op-ed article via NPR’s Monkey See blog, in which writer Linda Holmes walks into a library and finds out that its a really cool place to be. What did Linda ever imagine a library to be if she’s so amused and amazed at what libraries offer today?
  • The Geek Alphabet via Geeks Are Sexy

M is for MMORPGs, it’s a magical place (i eated a cookie)
N is for NASA, and the beauty of space (nasa1fan)
O is for Occipital Lobe, we love using our brains (illuminaut)