On professionalism

26/03/2012 § 13 Comments

A few weeks ago, Rory Litwin posted a bit of a treatise on professionalism in librarianship on the Library Juice Press blog.  He addresses several trends he notices in the deprofessionalization of librarianship, and though the blogosphere was only one point of many, that’s the issue that got the most attention.  Because I just can’t let sleeping dogs lie, I, too, want to chime in on the role of blogs in creating a professional community.

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To Read Tues: Recommended Reading Twitter Question

24/01/2012 § 13 Comments

Card Catalog, Burrow Library

We got a question on Twitter over the weekend about reading material for LIS: 

RT @brandontlocke: Any recommended reads for aspiring/future MLIS students?

It is difficult to respond to such a question in 140 characters or less. I made the attempt by suggesting reputable blogs and e-news sources for LIS information and fiction for mind expansion (and fun!). Feeling that a little more was needed I have expanded with advice, links and resources.

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LIS Blogs to Read

29/08/2011 § 9 Comments

Everyone’s getting ready to go back to school, including your fellow hackers! Part of the library school experience is keeping up with what’s going on in the library world. That way you can discuss the latest trends or scandals with your classmates and professors.

We’ve compiled a few library related blogs that you should check out if you haven’t already.

Annie: I have always enjoyed these two blogs, they both put out great content. Both are collaborative just like HackLibSchool. Team work makes the dream work.

Lauren: There are so many fantastic LIS blogs out there (there is a partial list on my blogroll of some of my favorites), but I’d like to give a shout-out to two relatively new, incredibly enthusiastic and talented academic librarians who also have awesome blogs! They are:

Rose: Here are two must-read archives blogs that I love.  The first is about archives 2.0, the future of archives on the web, and the profession itself.  The second is a collaborative blog by the Smithsonian’s archives featuring their collections (full disclosure: as a volunteer for the National Anthropological Archives, I sometimes post on this blog).

Turner: My first recommendation offers sage advice from an academic librarian. The second is put out by the Library of Congress and focuses on digital collections (a growing trend in the library/information management profession and a great place to look for a kick ass job).

Micah: I know this is supposed to be an LIS focused post, but lately I’ve been thinking and rethinking the library blog “echo chamber” (everyone writing about the same things, reading one another’s work, and not engaging outside our field). So my Blogs to Read goes a little outside the LIS world, and it’d be my advice to students to step back once in a while and read something new from marketing, from tech news, from pop culture. These two blogs are both in the “hack” stream, but are great resources for ideas/tips/advice on navigating life in the university.

What’s in a HackLibSchool post?

20/07/2011 § 1 Comment

Here at Hack Library School, we are constantly in contact with people who are interested in sharing their story or perspective about library school with the readers of the blog. Some of these prospective writers have their own blogs, contribute to other blogs in and outside of libraryland and some write us emails saying “I’ve never written a blog before, but I read them a lot.” In any case, we welcome your ideas and conversation. This is what Hack Library School is:

This is an invitation to participate in the redefinitions of library school using the web as a collaborative space outside of any specific university or organization.  — Micah on About HLS

With that in mind, if you are considering contacting us to write, and we are oh so excited to hear from you, here’s what we’ll be asking you for! Of course every post is different, so consider these suggestions rather than rules or guidelines.

  1. a bio – We (the editors and readers) want to know who you are, what your interests are and how or if we can find you other places on the internet! When I read a bio, I connect more with the content and I am more likely to jump into the discussion in the comments area.
  2. your voice - A blog isn’t an essay or paper for class (thank goodness! and that’s why we also say shoot for 750 word max). Sure we may ask you to do a little “research” to provide other perspectives (see next on list) relating to your post, but we want YOUR voice. We want your i’m-sick-and-tired-of and your i’m-so-geeky-i-did and your my-classmates-rock-my-socks-off-cuz posts. That’s what being a student is about. Use your words. Use your voice to tell your story.
  3. other perspectives - Bringing in (linking to, providing a short citation of an author, journal, etc.) an outside perspective (or 3) not only provides more information for the readers but also jump starts the conversation. Even linking back to previous HLS posts throws us back into the archives; you know we will always have something to say. It’s difficult to fully exhaust a topic.
  4. visuals – If a visual (anything other than words) fits with your post, don’t be afraid to share it with us. Visuals make an impact. We have a diverse audience and some of them greatly appreciate the visual aspect of posts. If it’s a doodle you drew while you were supposed to be taking notes and were instead daydreaming about HLS (oh we know you do!), include it! Here’s the result of one of my HLS daydreams.
  5. discussion – Take responsibility for your own opinion and respect other opinions. One way to do this: join in on the discussion on your post (and other people’s) by commenting and expressing your thoughts. Posts that raise questions are at the heart of HLS. We need the discussion and sometimes discomfort and disagreement in order to dig into the heart of (L)IS.

Are you ready? Send any of us an email, tweet, Facebook message, etc. and let’s get you started! And when we hear your ideas, we’ll get a first draft from you, send you our comments (edits, revisions, etc.), and work toward scheduling your post in our calendar.

Please feel free to comment here with any questions and other blog-writing suggestions. And if you’d like to take on a larger role as a contributing writer (writing a couple times a month), we can talk about that, too.

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!

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