Who to read in the library and information blogosphere
by Clare Brown on May 8, 2019
Keeping up to date with library and information colleagues has never been easier. Every day I find a new blog to read and it enriches my professional life to know that ideas, concerns, and passions are shared. As part of this sharing experience, here are some blogs that I read regularly.
Personal Librarian Blogs
Dewey B Strategic - The sub-title of this blog is 'Risk, value, strategy, innovation, knowledge and the legal profession' and these are topics which obsess me in the course of my daily work life. She can always be relied upon for key tech news in the legal industry.
Elizabeth Hutchinson - Elizabeth works to improve libraries in education. She does this through extensive conference speaking, and some of the best blog posts I’ve read in a long time.
INALJ: Information professionals finding & sharing jobs & job hunting advice! Some really insightful interviews here.
Librarian.Net - I am happy to include this blog because of the 'Ask a librarian' series, and Jessamyn's willingness to get out there and talk to people. I think we get so used to being online that we lose the importance of speaking.
Librarian Boy - This is a late arrival to the list! He gives a Canadian legal information overview which is helpful if you want to keep up with other jurisdictional developments.
Ned Potter - A librarian in communications! Not only does he have an academic day job, but he works with non-profit organisations on improving communications within the profession. The post on campaigns particularly resonated.
Queeries & Clareification - Inclusivity is central to our work in libraries and information; no questions, no assumptions, no judgement. It is essential that every voice is heard and listened to, so we must take care to educate ourselves. The list of resources on this blog have expanded my horizons.
Teen Librarian - Teen Librarian is a blog about school and public libraries, with content focused on working with teens. Matt Imrie who runs it, is one of my tweeting librarian heroes. I enjoyed the mug joke post - more healthy than a bowl of sweets at reception!
Sarah Wolfenden - I like Sarah’s balanced mix of reflections on wellbeing, mentoring and coaching. As she says, this blog was originally set up in June 2011 as part of CPD23 (a professional development programme). It is a a place where she helps people in the education sector find ways to develop their practice. A blog develops with your interests and I’m glad she remains active.
Super Library Marketing - Marketing for information professionals can be a challenge but this blog brings together some great ideas.
The Wonky Librarian - Sub-titled ‘The brain fluff of a bibliophile’, this quirky blog has an eclectic quality which I really enjoy. I look forward to reading more stories that bring the library user to life!
Geek Law Blog - This one is a daily ‘go-to’ for what is going on in the world of tech, knowledge, and information management. The authors are all experts and have their fingers on the legal tech pulse.
In the Library with the Leadpipe - This probably shouldn’t be classified as a blog as it is an open access peer reviewed online journal. But sometimes you need a longer read to really appreciate an academic take on library and information issues. This fulfils that requirement and it’s a recent addition to my reading list.
Library Writing - We need to get out there and share best practice. One way of doing this is to speak at a conference. This blog has calls for papers and links to all the library and information related events going on around the world.
Lib Focus - This is an Irish library blog which is excellent for catching up with conference notes.
RIPS Law Librarian - This is published by the Research, Instruction, and Patron Services Special Interest Section (RIPS-SIS) of the American Association of Law Libraries. As an organisational blog, it breaks my rule for inclusion here but the contributors are all outstanding thought leaders so definitely one for regular reading.
The nature of the work done by library and information people means that it doesn’t matter if we work in different fields or subject areas. Although we all have different strengths and experience, we can apply good ideas from the commercial sector to school libraries; from public libraries to health information. Our shared values are what bring us together.
There are so many I have missed - huge apologies. Who else should I include? Let me know and I will update the list!