I get 90% of the stories I post to LISNews through Google News. A few times a day I run searches for librarian, libraries, library, books, and a few other words and phrases and that will usually dig up enough stories to fill up a days worth of LISNews. If I'm lucky there's enough submissions & other posts from LISNews authors I won't even have to go searching for any more. Most of what I end up posting is news from wire services and the popular press. I post things that seem interesting to me, or things that I think will be of interest to others. It's a formula that seems to be working, though I'm not sure it's one that'll keep working forever. I've always thought of LISNews as a newspaper for librarians, without the original reporting.
I never, well almost never, point to articles in the library press. I do this for a couple of reasons. The first is I almost never read the library press. I don't really have any reason for avoiding librarian oriented publications, I just don't find myself drawn to news aimed at librarians. My current job doesn't require much "librarian" reading, and when I have time to go searching for news, I don't look to other sources that are most likely already reporting the same things we are covering (or already covered) here. The second reason I avoid other "library" sources is I think you should be reading them already. Obviously this is a "do as I say not as I do" thing, but I think librarians should be reading LJ, AL, and a few other general library oriented magazines on a regular basis (along with LISNews). More importantly, I think most librarians DO read the sites I'm avoiding on a regular basis, therefore there's no need for me to keep my eyes peeled for things I find interesting to post to LISNews. I feel like I'd just be repeating what you've already read, and I'm always hoping to find that one good story that you'd never see anywhere else. A quick peak at AL reinforces my belief that I'm not missing much, at least there. The vast majority of the "Top Stories" were covered here. I guess that means we're doing a pretty good job. I do love Joseph Janes and I'll miss the Crawford files, but often the cover story at AL doesn't get me excited, it's the columns that interest me.
I think I've already written my thoughts on other blogs. I also avoid most of them, though now that LISFeeds is mo' better, I find my self reading the lisblogs far more often than I used to. I avoid them for largely the same reasons. Because I don't want to feel like I'm just doing the same ol' thing that everyone else is doing. I'm afraid that if I do keep up on all the trends, stories and bickering back and forth on the librarian blogs I'll become too involved with that, and lose my focus on doing whatever it is that I'm already doing at LISNews. Maybe I am doing the same ol' thing everyone else is doing, but at least I'm ignorant and blissful.
Thoughts? Should I be watching the library press for tidbits? Am I a rotten arrogant bastard for avoiding the other blogs? What changes should I make for the new year?
Speaking of next year, I'm about half way through a look back at the stories of 2004.