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The Aye's have it. We shall build a new list: The 10 Non-Librarian Blogs Librarians Should Read In 2008.
It's never a bad idea to take a step away from the library world and see what else is out there. No doubt we could learn a thing or two from other professions. That's what this list is all about.
Is there a blog we should be reading that's NOT written by a librarian or FOR librarians? How will that blog help us do our jobs as librarians better? What things do we need to know about? What's the most interesting, useful or entertaining site you follow outside of the LIS World?
You don't need to send me a complete list of 10, just one or two of your favorites will be just fine. Let me know why you think other librarians should be reading your favorites. I'll post the final list in a week or two.
I'm curious if there's any interest in a list of "other" blogs we should all be reading. Unlike the 10 Librarian Blogs, this new list would be 10 NON librarian blogs that should be read by librarians. I'm thinking of blogs that highlight things that are outside the LIS World, but are applicable to our what we do. Blogs that will help us do our jobs. Places we can go and read things outside our normal circles of knowledge.
This could be things like technology trends, marketing, human resources, intellectual property, publishing and search engines.
If you think such a list is worthy, let me know, or drop your list in the comments below. I'm not sure this will be worth pursuing. If there's enough interest I'll start working up a list.
Hopefully by now you've at least noticed we've been running an experimental podcast @LISNews. Done each week by LISNewster StephenK, and named by LISNewster Christina Seeger, LISTen, the LISNews podcast covers what you've read @LISNews, and some things you may not have. Stephen summarizes trends on LISNews, stories you may have missed elsewhere, and whatever else has been suggested by LISNews readers. If you haven't had a LISTen yet, check out This Week's Episode or maybe the New Year's Eve Special.
We're trying something different here and because this was only designed to be an experiment we're now looking for reasons to keep it going. We need to hear from you.
If you're not listening, why not?
If you are listening, what do you like? What don't you like?
Don't make me beg!
Happy 2008! The new year is upon us, and it's time to think about what we should do @LISNews... What do you want to read about in 2008 on LISNews?
Do you want more audio/video features? Interviews with authors or librarians? Articles about UFOs? Learn how to repair a book? More top 10 lists?
Would you like to see fewer posts about public libraries? Learn more about cataloging? See more Harry Potter Stories? Maybe more about the web?
What do you want to see or hear on LISNews this year? Let Me Know or leave a comment below.
Someone had an idea for a LISNews podcast, so I thought I'd see if there was any interest out there. The initial iteration of the podcast could be released on Mondays and be a snapshot of top stories from the prior week on LISNews. Recording would be done on Sunday night followed by an upload of the audio file to the relevant place so it is put out on the resultant feed for Monday morning release.
What about a catchy title? Perhaps "LISNews: Audio Edition"? That name definitely does not sound sufficiently hip but at the moment that is all I can come up with.
The thought, at this moment, is to do a six episode trial for this podcast next month, and a few in January. We already know about LibVibe & Uncontrolled Vocabulary, but maybe LISNews needs something specific to it. Either Contact Me or leave a comment below.
Believe it or not, 2007 is coming to an end! I've just started putting together our list "must read" library blogs for 2008. Like our 10 Blogs To Read in 2006 & 2007, I want the list to reflect a wide a range of opinions.
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? Think of it this way: "I read many others, but these are the LIS blogs that read even when time is short."
Your list need not be complete, fair, or even have more than one blog listed. I'm looking for input from everyone so the final list is full of new faces. My goal again this year, 10 blogs that paint picture of what's going on in our little world.
Send me your ideas, or leave a comment below.
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.
Second Note: Anyone who made it to 10 Blogs To Read in 2006 & 2007 won't be included this year.
Third note: As John points out, I forgot to link to the past years lists: 10 Blogs To Read In 2007 and 10 Blogs To Read in 2006.
Any Aussie librarians seen the new show by the same name? Please send us your comments! Here's a review from The Age of the recently premiered dark comedy.
Cool Story via Shelf-Awareness on "the camel librarian."
Masha Hamilton's novel, The Camel Bookmobile, published earlier this year by HarperCollins, was inspired by the work of the Camel Mobile Library Service, an outreach program launched in 1996 by the Kenya National Library Service. Masha tells us that the real camel librarian, Rashid Farah, is now seeking a scholarship to continue his studies in the U.S. and then return to Garissa, Kenya.
In an e-mail, Farah wrote, "In the case of librarianship, I was first person ever in this province to attain a certificate in library studies in 1989. I was also lucky to have been sponsored for a three-year diploma in information studies at Kenya Polytechnic, which I successfully completed in 2003."
According to Masha, "All the librarians I've known are inspiring, and Mr. Farah is something of a hero, determined to bring books into the bush where they've never been before, and in this way breaking through barriers and creating new possibilities in the lives of his patrons. But he very much wants to continue to develop professionally, and I'd love to see him helped."