The internet is a wonderful tool that allows users to access and share all kinds of information. Many people and organizations in our internet-savvy society turn to blogs to gather and share ideas or discuss issues of both a personal and professional nature. Libraries are no different. Blogs are a great way to meet new people, brainstorm, discuss issues within the library and information science field, share new ideas, and in some cases poke fun at our profession. For those looking for some great blogs to follow, here are just a few of the many great blogs sure to provoke much conversation among fellow librarians and information professionals:
First up we have Letters to a Young Librarian where Jessica Olin and her guest bloggers impart advice to library science graduate students and newly minted professional librarians. This is a really great blog for those just starting out in the profession and provides the reader with some great real-life examples and a variety of topics ranging from strategic planning, to job hunting, as well as some overall career advice. For those still considering their specific path in libraries, Jessica provides the reader with a number of great interviews with practicing librarians.
For those contemplating a more artsy focus ARLISNAP is for you! This handy dandy blog is the gateway to all things art and supplies some great resources for students and new professionals looking to make their way into art librarianship. It’s also a perfect platform to share ideas pertaining to this particular library field. Content on this blog is provided by a variety of contributing professionals including IU’s own Jasmine Burns from the Fine Arts Library!
Speaking of art, for those seeking to gather creative ideas and learn more about the intersection between libraries and the arts, look no furthur than The Library as Incubator Project. This little gem of a blog promotes the creative collaboration between libraries and artists by highlighting the ways that libraries and artists have come together through various partnerships and collaborative projects.
Don’t worry, aspiring archivists, there’s a blog out there for you too. Try checking out ArchivesNext which provides some great content on the issues facing archives in the modern day. Topics include discussions on technology, professional identity, professional organizations, and other news and issues related to the archival profession.
Next up we have a blog that has garnered a lot of attention in the library and information science world. You’ll either love it or you’ll hate it. The Annoyed Librarian is probably one of the more hotly debated library-oriented blogs out there and draws quite a variety of reactions due to its counter-cultural nature and bitingly honest dialogue. While some condemn it for its pointed remarks about librarianship and somewhat grumpy and “insulting” tone, it certainly is an interesting read one way or the other.
For those looking for a comrade in public services the Swiss Army Librarian is your man! Brian Herzog’s blog presents the reader with a plethora of experiences on a subject that is near and dear to any public services-centered employee here at the IU Libraries: the reference desk. Join Brian as he tumbles from one situation to another and experiences the joys and pains of working at a public library reference desk!
Lastly here are some suggestions to insert a little bit of fun into your life as a librarian. When you’re down and out and need a good laugh, hop on over to Fake Library Statistics, I Work at a Public Library, Awful Library Books, or glance at the daily Unshelved Comic Strip to brighten your day!
Also don’t forget that we have some great blogs here at IU Libraries! Check out: