LIS Blogs To Follow – Edition 3

11/07/2011 § 4 Comments

RSS Food — by-nc-sa license.

See also: Edition 1, and Edition 2.

As some of you may know, we were nominated for and won, one of the Salem Press Best Library Blogs awards this year. We are so proud of this honor, and excited to continue to be a resource of good information for current and future LIS students. On that note – It just so turned out that Salem Press also compiled several massive lists of library blogs, grouped by category. Being the hackers that we are, we took to the Twitters and crowdsourced the compilation of RSS feeds for said lists of blogs.

Click to see how we did it!

Thanks to the help of friends and folks with some free time, below you will find prepared ‘bundles’ of RSS feeds for just about every current library blog you’d ever want to read.

Click, subscribe in your favorite feed reader, and enjoy. This is a great way to get caught up, and stay up to date, with the happenings around libraryland.

PUSH HERE for a bundle of 117 General Interest Library Blogs.

PUSH HERE for a bundle of 39 Public Library Blogs.

PUSH HERE for a bundle of 61 Academic Library Blogs.

PUSH HERE for a bundle of 26 Quirky Library Blogs.

and for good measure…

PUSH HERE for a bundle of the Library Journal 2011 Movers and Shakers’ blogs.

Sadly, there were 3 sections listed on the Salem Press site that got little to no attention in our crowdsourcing effort. School Library Blogs, Local Library Blogs, and Commercial Library Blogs were left out. And what about Archives and Museum-focused blogs? Please, if you have the time, grab the RSS feeds for some of these remaining blogs, and add them to the Google Doc linked here. These blogs can be an incredible source of information, and sharing them can make us all the more informed as colleagues.

A huge thank you to Dave McMullin, Nicole Fonsh, Nena SchvaneveldtElizabeth Reynolds and Dan Rude for working so diligently on this project. And if you helped out and didn’t sign your name in the guest book… THANK YOU TOO!

HackLibSchool at ALA Annual

23/06/2011 § 3 Comments

snapshot of ala11 Conference Scheduler Statistics (as of June 16, 2011)

ALA Conference Scheduler Stats from ALA Staff on Flickr

Hi Everyone – Just a quick short note here. We’re very excited to be a part of reshaping ALA, as you can probably tell from some of our recent posts. The first step is getting involved, which we will be kicking off this weekend at the annual conference. Annie, Lauren and Micah will be attending the conference (and wishing everyone else could make it too!), and feeling out the pulse of our profession – Annie as an MLIS student and Lauren and Micah as n00brarians. Aside from the great sessions and speakers, we are excited to get out and meet folks, friends, readers, peers and leaders in the field.

There are plans(?) to try to do some short posts from the conference, although we’ll see if/how that actually pans out. Micah will be wandering around collecting sound bites for the ever-popular Two Minute Insights that we sorta gave up on, but are hoping to revive. We have applied to iTunes for our podcast license, and for now you can listen to the past TMI’s below. Keep an eye on our Twitter and Facebook page for new TMI’s from the conference.

Thank you again for reading and supporting us, and please, do come up and introduce yourself. We’re shy too.

Hope some of you will make it to the HackLibSchool Meetup at Avenue Pub, Sunday night at 8:30ish!

Salem Press announces 2011 Library Blog Award winners (and we made the list!)

15/06/2011 § 8 Comments

F.A. Cup Trophy

From Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums on Flickr.

Yesterday Salem Press announced the winners of their Library Blog awards. We had known that we were nominated, and to be honest it had kinda slipped our minds until Turner got an email yesterday telling him that we won the Newcomer Blog award! We have been frantically sending congratulatory emails back and forth for like 16 hours now, and I (Micah) just sent an email to the team that read like a high school graduation speech. On top of that, we’ve “liking” the hell out of each others’ Facebook status updates. Its like a whirlwind of fantastic energy. Yup, we’re newbies, and we’re kinda freaking out at how cool this is. They’re gonna send us all plaques! (Do you think we could make the award image on our homepage any bigger? Cause we will!)

It’d be an understatement to say that we are honored to be included in the list with Sarah Houghton-Jan, Andy Burkhardt, Buffy Hamilton and the others. Our fellow winners are our liblogger heroes, and to be mentioned in the same webpage as them is like a dream come true. We’ve put a lot of effort into building this blog into a resource for students, as well as engaging with topics and issues across library land, and we’ll continue to do so. A huge thank you goes out to all our readers, and especially all of you who have written or will soon write guest posts. This is (y)our forum and award.

Here’s the full list:

General Library Blog: Librarian in Black

Public Library Blog: Swiss Army Librarian

Academic Library Blog: Information Tyrannosaur

School Library Blog: The Unquiet Librarian

Local Library Blog: Cecil County Public Library

Quirky Library Blog: A Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette

Newcomer Library Blog: Hack Library School (us!)

Commercial Library Blog: Neverending Search

Read about the Judges and a much better written review of the awards.

Enough with the hoopla — now lets get to work: Salem Press also has compiled an incredibly comprehensive Library Blog Directory. Open this Google Doc and let’s crowdsource digging through the blogs they’ve compiled and whittling them down into some manageable and useful RSS bundles, so that we can all subscribe to them automagically! Directions are in the GDoc.

Thanks to everyone!

Atlas of New Librarianship – The unbook unreview

14/06/2011 § 15 Comments

*note – I’ve deliberately decided to use the word ‘text’ herein because I truly believe this project must be absorbed and interacted with across its dual formats, printed book and web/digital presence. Hows that for meta? Cultural Studies, represent!! Lacon, Barthes, dying authors, and all that jazz.

The Atlas

Hope you don't mind Dr. Lankes - I ripped this from your site!

Let me be clear from the start – I have not (yet) read this text. It came across my radar back in early March, and I have been following developments surrounding the book, including the iPad app and companion website which are awesome, and thought it would be a useful and relevant read for library school students and librarians, thus my decision to write it up here now.

Doing research for this post, and thanks to a hot tip from Nicole, I discovered that Emma Montgomery, an LIS student at Syracuse, will be hosting a Twitter reading group to get through the Atlas in 6 weeks. I plan to join this reading group, and I hope those of you interested will also. It starts June 20th, and details can be found here. So, on to my unreview. « Read the rest of this entry »

SLA 2011 + HackLibSchool

11/06/2011 § 1 Comment

Just a quick reminder for any of our readers who might be attending the Special Libraries Association conference in Philadelphia this coming week – Our friend and contributing writer Lauren Bradley has organized a get together for LIS students and n00brarians. See the details below and RSVP to the Facebook invite. Take pics and post them on our Facebook page!

Time: Monday, June 13 · 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Location Continental Midtown Restaurant

1801 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

LIS students, recent grads, and assorted friendlies: let’s take a moment away from the hotel ballroom scene at SLA2011 and raise a glass to colleagues from our programs and new friends from other schools. The fun is inclusive to everyone, because almost everyone at SLA went to an LIS program at some point, right?

Happy hour will be on the roofdeck bar from 5pm to 7pm. This event is being co-organized by the fine folks at Hack Library School and by SLA@Pratt, the student chapter of SLA at Pratt SILS. See you there!

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