"Must Read" Librarian Oriented Blogs?


I'm putting together a list of the top "must read" library blogs, but I don't want this to be just my list. I want the list to reflect as wide a range of opinions as possible.

What blogs do you read every day? What blogs help you learn? What blogs keep you informed? What blogs make you laugh? Who's the best writer out there? As one person put it: "I read many others, but these are the LIS blogs that get read even when time is short." Send me your list, or leave a comment below.

Your list need not be complete, fair, or even have more than one blog listed. I'm looking for a few names from everyone so the final list is a good reflection of what many people think about our little online world.

Note: We all know LISNews is obviously the single most important web site in the entire history of the internet, so therefore I won't be including it on any final list.


This is only a tiny fraction of the blogs and RSS feeds I browse. If I have to narrow it down, here it goes:
Kept-Up Academic Librarian
Tame the Web: Libraries and Technology
Library Stuff
Free Range Librarian
Information Literacy Weblog
Confessions of a Science Librarian
On Christina's Radar
Science Library Pad
scitech library question

The blogs of the U of Alberta Librarians cover off many academic library issues and are worthy reads:

blogdriverswaltz.com - Geoff Harder
kentongood.com - Kenton Good
Librarian's Rx - Denise Koufogiannakis
pamryan.info - Pam Ryan
Quaedam Cuisdam - Peter Binkley
scitech library question - Randy Reichardt

free range librarian
library juice (not a blog, but I read it faithfully)
the ALACOUN list

· beSpacific· Free Range Librarian· It's all good· librarian.net· LibrarianInBlack (that's me!)· Librarians' Index to the Internet· Library Stuff· LISNews.com· Neat New Stuff· Open Stacks· ResearchBuzz· ResourceShelf· Search Engine Watch Blog· The Shifted Librarian· Tame the Web· Walking Paper· Walt at Random

Carolyne's pages of interest
Confessions of a Mad Librarian
edifice ref
eLiterate Librarian
j's scratchpad
Lessig Blog
Library clips
Library Stuff
LISNews.com Journals (Blake's)
Open Stacks
Science Library Pad
SD Librarian - Webfeeds, Blogs & More
Search Engine Watch Blog
The Shifted Librarian
Tame the Web: Libraries and Technology
TVC Alert
Walt at Random
Free Range Librarian
Confessions of a Science Librarian
scitech library question
ONLINE Insider
urlgreyhot blogs

(these are pure LIS -- I also read a few sci/tech, cs, blogging, km, etc. blogs)

Though there are many fine weblogs in my Bloglines account, the top nine I read when I have only a small amount of time are the following—not in any specific order. Most of these are naturally tied with my own interests—technical services and technology.

These are the blogs that I used to populate a dummy account on Bloglines to make it easy for librarians to get started with RSS (see Bloglines for Librarians in Three (and a half) Easy Steps).

  • Combined Library Job Postings - Lisjobs.com and Library Job Post
  • Free Range Librarian
  • It's all good
  • The Kept-Up Academic Librarian
  • librarian.net
  • LibrarianInBlack
  • Librarians' Index to the Internet
  • Library Stuff
  • LISNews.com
  • Neat New Stuff
  • ResearchBuzz
  • ResourceShelf
  • The Shifted Librarian
  • TechnoBiblio
  • TVC Alert
  • Unshelved

If I were re-doing it today, I'd probably take out TechnoBiblio which hasn't been that vigorous lately and add Tame the Web and Library clips.

I think I pretty much read or keep up with just about what everyone else does. I think by now people know where to go, but here is some of my list:

  • A Wandering Eyre
  • Caveat Lector
  • Feel-good librarian
  • Free Range Librarian
  • Information Wants to be Free
  • Kept-Up Librarian
  • Librarian.net
  • Library Dust
  • Library Stuff
  • Shifted Librarian
  • Tame the Web

Kept-UpBookslutWaltFree Range LibrarianLorcan DempseyLibrarian.netLibrary: Dust; Link of The Day; Marketing; and StuffResearch BuzzSearch Engine Watch blogSeth Finkelstein's Infothought blogUnshelved

Library Dust. Wonderful writing. The only library blog that qualifies as literature. A cult has formed around it at my library school.

Steven Cohen's site: Tech heaven.

Here is a slightly trimmed down list of the library blogs I subscribe to in Bloglines:
http://webjunction.lishost.org - Webjunction Blog
http://daweed.blogspot.com - Dave's Blog
http://feelgoodlibrarian.typepad - Feel Good Librarian
http://www.hiddenpeanuts.com - Hidden Peanuts
http://adhd-librarian.blogspot.com - Hyperactive Librarian
http://www.librarianavengers.org/weblog - Librarian Avengers
http://programmingpeers.com/librarianway/ - Librarian Way
http://www.librarian.net - Librarian.net
http://librarianinblack.typepad.com/librarianinbla ck/ - Librarian In Black
http://www.librarystuff.net - Library Stuff
http://www.libraryjournal.com/blog/670000067.html - Library Journal TechBlog
http://www.librarianstyle.com/promoteyourlibrary/ - Promote Your Library (Library Marketing)
http://www.theshiftedlibrarian.com/ - The Shifted Librarian
http://www.tametheweb.com/ttwblog/ - Tame The Web
http://www.walkingpaper.org/ - Walking Paper

For the latest on free online access to peer-reviewed scientific and scholarly journal literature.

Very high signal to noise ratio - each entry just a summary and link to exciting new initiatives. Expertly edited by Peter Suber and his board of carefully selected editors. Supported in part by the Open Society Institute (OSI), Public Knowledge (PK), and the Association of Research Libraries (ARC) influential Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).

Also worth mentioning: Peter Suber's monthly newsletter is much more than a mere compilation of the daily blog entries - it is a superb summary of the latest developments in the rapidly developing movement towards sustainable Open Access scientific and scholarly literature. Suber's extensively hyperlinked summaries and finely-honed arguments (he is a philosopher who can write quite well) are a great tool for Open Access advocates and researchers. Definitely worthwhile - one meaty email a month keeps you on top of the field, while giving you a local archive of great hyperlinks.
Open Access News, blog homepage:
Open Access News, newletter archive and signup page:
http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/newsletter/arch ive.htm


These are the ones that stand out for me:

  • Shifted Librarian
  • Kept Up Librarian
  • Feel Good Librarian
  • Blisspix (Australian)
  • Rambling Librarian (Singapore)

I do keep an eye on many others though; all interesting! :)

P.S. Hello from Perth, Western Australia!

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