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This post reviews some of the blogs we were asked to follow, see what makes them tick, find some of our own to follow and see what we think of them, and summarize it all.

The Librarian by Day blog emphasizes technology and digital literacy. Bobbi Newman. Many of her posts are sharing videos and pictures from other sites and commenting on them. The long tag list in the left sidebar includes a number of 2.0 web sources and other technology. As a workshop speaker, her blog also has a section on resources from her presentations. An interesting post I read was questioning whether libraries should get out of the e-book business altogether until the dust settles and we actually know what format we will be using.

The Distant Librarian blog is geared towards the academic level for those involved in distance education. Google Scholar, access copyright, ebooks, digital magazines, and blending these and much more into an academic paper are some recent posts. This blog is not as updated as others. I subscribed to this blog so I can keep up with the academic library world. One of the posts I liked was the mention of the book Screencasting for libraries, which I was not familiar with.

The Librarian’s Commute is immediately recognizable as a blogger site, as it does not have the nice appearance of other blogs like WordPress. That’s just personal opinion. This blog is for the academic community as he discusses what’s happening at the community college and higher education level, spending several posts on e-textbooks. I found an interesting post on “weeding the print periodicals.” The author, since she is in a community college, should have an easier time weeding than Princeton would, but she still struggles with it. While her community college doesn’t support faculty research, the periodicals are mostly untouched, and the need for space great, they probably will be discarded. I never thought about this dilemma for an academic setting, so this was an interesting thought.

David Lee King’s blog focuses on technology and emerging trends, such as pondering a connection between Starbucks and libraries. He promotes his latest book Face to Face, which not only discusses web 2.0 but also about having a “business casual” approach to them. This means writing blogs with a conversational tone, making sure it sounds good, using the language your audience uses, and so forth. I enjoyed his take on these things and subscribed to his blog. Some of his posts made me want to check out his book, and the connection of using a blog to promote your published works is an obvious benefit.

The In the LIbrary with a Lead Pipe blog, we see a number of contributors instead of a single blogger. There seem to be only a couple of posts per month, and the topic can range anywhere. The conversations can even get philosophical as a recent post discussed thinking about the librarian identity and what and how we do things. I found this a very good read. Very insightful blog with enjoyable, thought-provoking ideas to read. I subscribed to the blog and have had a great time going through the thoughtful posts. Definitely the longest blog.

These are the three other blogs I chose to subscribe to:

The Academic Librarian http://blogs.princeton.edu/librarian/

In true 2.0 fashion I found this blog through another blog. This blog is by the philosophy and religion librarian at Princeton. This looks great and right up my alley of thought. He deals with the same weeding and research conundrums, and is very articulate.

I’ve always been a philosophical/analytical thinker, and the library field seems to be a great place to ponder our epistemology.  I have not found, however, a great blog that can feed me in this area. Fortunately, this assignment helped me locate such a place: Sense and reference, a philosophical library blog  http://senseandreference.wordpress.com/    This blog is great, and includes a post on great library philosophical readings as well as one on the connection of libraries and the Enlightenment. Great stuff.

But best of all is a blog I have followed for a few years now: the awful library books blog http://awfullibrarybooks.net/   This is a novel idea in that there are literally hundreds of awful library books still on the shelves somewhere, and librarians are encouraged to scan the cover and other portions, describe the book, and submit it. These are the great gems that somehow avoid weeding year after year and decade after decade whereby we all find these kind of books and ask “How did we ever miss that?” This is a good blog for laughs and to help remind us we sometimes take our profession way too seriously. But just remember the days when people flocked to a book on how computers can help you in the kitchen:  http://awfullibrarybooks.net/?paged=12


To me, finding information on the web is not a big deal. I follow a lot of blogs and go through the frustrations of Google Reader telling me I have 600 unread. I find, however, it doesn’t take long to sort through those and many times this is because many of them are simply posting and linking each other. A big story happens and every blog has something on it.

It takes a great blog and blogger to separate itself from the pack by providing a thought-provoking, philosophical, well-written piece. Blogs should rise above the mediocrity of generic reporting and blogging and give us something worth reading, pondering, and sharing. The blogs mentioned in this post do a lot of that, some better than others. The blogger needs to have something to bring to the table with not just their knowledge but personality and connection. A successful blog will have these unique characteristics that invite us to pull up a chair at the table and join in the conversation.



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