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10 Blogs To Read In 2007

"10 Blogs To Read in 2007" came from my never ending quest to find the best and brightest doing the most interesting and original writing on the web. Here is a group of librarians working hard to increase understanding in our profession and how we fit in the rapidly evolving online world. Our list is made up of 10 writers covering different aspects of our profession. Think of this year's list as a place to find something new to read each day, or a place to gain better understanding of a part of librarianship you don't think much about. We all have much to learn from each other, and these bloggers are working hard to share their knowledge and understanding with you.

1. Tame The Web
2. Conversational Reading
3. Tales from the "Liberry"
4. LibWorm
5. Ubiquitous Librarian
6. The Resourceshelf
7. Burger's Blog
8. Information Wants to Be Free
9. Musematic

Before starting this year's list, I took a look back at last year's choices to see how our choices looked. The good news is I think we did pretty good. They're all still active, and they're all still writing some interesting stuff. I think 9 out of 10 were very good choices. I hope if you followed those blogs for the year you were happy with what you read. Now it's 2007, another year, more tough choices. More about all these sites, and how the list was made, below.

Ten Stories that Shaped 2006

Another year, another recap! Read on for a look back at the good, the bad, and the ugly library stories of 2006.

Library; collection agency; Ohio this time

mdoneil writes "Avon Lake (I wonder if it smells like perfume?) Ohio brings us this story about their library using a collection agency.
The slackers owe the library $30K in fines and charges for lost materials."

LIS News Interview With Cynthia Wilson - I Am A Librarian

In a continuing effort to find out who librarians really are (in all their glory and diversity), LISNews author birdie recently interviewed librarian Cynthia Wilson about her project "I am a Librarian." Cynthia also tells Robin a bit about how she came to be a photographer/librarian, and how the process of creating her websites and the I Am A Librarian book came into being. So bye-bye to the old stereotypes and hello...real librarians.

Arsonist Torches Indiana Library

mdoneil writes "The library in Williamsport, Indiana was destroyed by a fire started by an arsonist--AP reports here and here.
Library Director Chris Brown reported that the four year old library will likely be rebuilt."

Children's Poet Laureate

kmccook writes "The NYTimes reports: The Poetry Foundation has named Jack Prelutsky its first children's poet laureate, in the hopes that the appointment will raise awareness of the genre and encourage more poets to write for children. Mr. Prelutsky, 66, is the author of more than 35 books, including "Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant, and Other Poems" (Greenwillow). Collectively his books and anthologies have sold more than a million copies."

Free Museum Day- September 30th!

mdoneil writes "Print out this free pass for museums. Valid Saturday September 30th. The Smithsonian is encouraging other museums to let you in for free that day. Great for penny pinching librarian types!"

The Tale of the Bullying Kid and the Librarian

We'll never know how it all began, but here's the conclusion of a story that started this summer in Socorro NM; about a trouble-making twelve-year old girl, her parents, and the librarian, Lucy Pino, who booted her out of the library. The child's father, Simon Armijo attempted to sue in Magistrate Court, but charges were thrown out by the D.A. Here's the original report on the incident and legal pursuit of the case , here's an editorial about the matter and how in the writers opinion, the community has been taught a lesson.

School of the Future: Libraries Not Needed

Infomancy writes "Though LISNews covered the opening of the Microsoft/Philadelphia School of the Future, a critical part of the story was missed. The School of the Future, you see, lacks a library. In fact, Microsoft's vision statement for the School of the Future takes quite a few cheap shots at libraries.

The Internet has expanded access to information, removing both teacher and student dependencies on a limited amount of information sources. Education is no longer bound by the limits of the teacher, textbook, or the books in the school library...Moreover, the Internet offers students in low-income and remote locations far more information than any single traditional library.[Microsoft]

Apparently Microsoft doesn't realize that libraries can use the Internet as well or that the "single traditional library" in a low-income or remote location may be the only possible way for residents to connect to the Internet (or connect with broadband speeds).

Coming after the recent use of libraries as a metaphor to describe the "disaster" of education by Dr. Roger Schank, this again showcases the need for librarians to move into mainstream media and redefine the perception of libraries."

Human-powered Search

Anonymous Patron writes
A new website has been announced on the pages of the San Francisco Chronicle,, which will use guides in addition to automated search functions. The article states that "users will connect to a live guide via instant messenger from the ChaCha home page. After a connection is made the user can ask all kinds of questions of their guides until they get the information they need. The guides, who are organized by their areas of knowledge, will pass on information and Web site addresses that will appear on the user's screen. When the guides are not answering questions, they will be doing test searches on popular terms, helping with the second part of ChaCha's results that are organized by the guides."

Our reporter adds that the article comments, "Librarians aren't educated and trained, they're "selected"!


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