Submitted by Blake on December 21, 2009 - 9:53am
The soon to be finished "Blogs To Read in 2010
" list is looking good. To help with the new list, I went through the first 40 to see how we'd done with our picks. The old lists still look pretty darn good. With just a few exceptions, most of the blogs have stood the test of time. I've listed them all below, with a brief comment for each. Be sure to let me know if you have a pick for 2010.
- The ALA Tech Blog
This was an obvious choice in 2006 and they haven't dissapointed since. It's still a source for great essay length posts by a group of smart librarians.
- Carnival of the Infosciences
Carnivals seem to have been a passing fad that had a place several years ago. It was a good choice back then, but has since been discontinued.
- Lorcan Dempsey's blog
Another obvious choice that hasen't dissapointed since. Lorcan continues to show why he's one of the most influencial minds in the profession.
- A Librarian's Guide to Etiquette
It's not updated very frequently these days, but it makes me laugh.
It continues to be the best blog to keep up on cataloging excitement. And we all know how exciting cataloging can be!
- Library Marketing-Thinking Outside the Book
Sadly Jill hung up her keyboard last year. She had a great run and the archive is still a godo source for marketing sources and inspiration.
- The Kept-Up Academic Librarian
Steven and crew continue to run the best Academic focused blog around.
If you're reading this you don't need me to tell you anything about Jessamyn. One of the first and still one of the best.
- Library Link Of The Day
Still one of my favorite sources of "anything goes" library news. A novel idea that continues to inform.
What the hell was I thinking?
- Tame The Web
Dr. Stephens has changed his style quite a bit over the years, but the site remains a worthwhile read.
- Conversational Reading
If books are your thing, Scott Esposito is still your man. Books aren't my thing but I still keep up with this one.
- Tales from the "Liberry"
No longer active, the stories are still wonderfully entertaining.
LibWorm doesn't seem to be breaking much new ground these days, but it's still a useful site.
- Ubiquitous Librarian
Not much has changed since 2007, Brian continues to be a great blogger.
- The Resourceshelf
Gary Price. Need I say more? Required reading still.
- Burger's Blog
Vanished without a trace.
- Information Wants to Be Free
Meredith continues to be a strong writer, though not as active, the site is still worth following.
In 2007 I wrote "A blog about museum librarianship?? A blog about museum librarianship!!" and I'll stick with that.
If I was a young adult librarian I could imagine myself following YALSA still.
- The Annoyed Librarian
I must admit I was on the fence in 2008, and I've since fallen completely off. Don't feed the trolls. A blog that was once amusing, independant and entertaining has become bitter and irrelevant. It makes me sad LJ will do this for pageviews.
- David Rothman
David Rothman (not to be confused with the other David Rothman) continues "Exploring Medical Librarianship and Web Geekery" and brings us along for the ride.
If you like top 10 lists like I like top 10 lists you're still following iLibrarian!
- Judge a Book by its Cover
Still doing a great job judging covers.
- Law Librarian Blog
Law is one of those odd areas that has a bunch of good bloggers. I think we made a good pick with this one still.
- Library Stuff
Still sponsered by the fine folks at ITI and still doing some good quality blogging.
- Marylaine Block
Marylaine hung up her keyboard, but her site is still wonderful.
- Off The Mark
He changed names, but Mark still does a good job on his blog.
One of the first blogs, and still a fantastic resource.
- Stephen's Lighthouse
I won't hold his anti-open source white paper against him. Abram's blog should still be on your list.
- Alternative Teen Services
Until they closed up shop it was still a great blog for this niche.
- Brave New World
For some reason I'm suprised Brave New World is still around. It's a plesany surprise though. Still a good blog.
- Closed Stacks
Still "Ruling the world through information"
- David Lankes
Virtual Dave is still really good.
- David Lee King
Library 101 and everything else make David's blog a great pick for last year.
- Designing Better Libraries
They don't post all that much, but whenever they do, it's always good.
- In The Library with The Lead Pipe
A great pick from last year. The "Pipers" continue to put out weekly essays that are always worth reading.
- The Society for Librarians* Who Say "Motherf*@!%r" or Library Lovers' LiveJournal
I still look forward to posts in both of these. Probably not sutible for everyone, I still think these were a good choice.
- blogs.liblime.com/open-sesame or blogs.liblime.com/developers or evergreen-ils.org/blog
Pick your favorite... a nice bunch.
- Planet Cataloging
Did I mention how exciting cataloging is? If you have even a passing interest, this is a feed worth subscribing.