Although I have not been posting to this blog for 5 years, I have still kept up with whats hot in the library world by reading several library blogs. Here are a few of my current favorites:
I don’t remember how I came across this blog but it has become one of my favorites. The author, Lane Wilkinson, is a Reference and Instruction Librarian at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. He comes from a Philosophy background, which immediately piqued my interest. His posts are always interesting, well-written, and often fun.
I think every library professional should be reading this blog. The posts come from a group of librarians working in various types of libraries across the country. In addition to the permanent bloggers, they frequently have posts from guest authors. These posts are well-researched and relevant. A few of my recent favorite posts are: From the Frying Pan into the Fire (and Back Again): Adventures in Subject-Based, Credit Instruction, Q&A: Lead Pipe on Professional Development – the authors give their responses to questions like: “Which activities do you feel have been the most beneficial for your professional development?
I think I came across this blog via the Sense & Reference Blogroll. I particularly like this blog because the author frequently posts about Information Literacy and Instruction which is where I would like to focus my career. Again, extremely well-written and insightful.
3 new sites I’ve been going to lately are: INALJ (I Need a Library Job), Hiring Librarians, and Open Cover Letters. Yes, there is a theme here. INALJ has a huge digest of library jobs from across the country but that isn’t the reason I like to visit this site. I really enjoy reading the “…In Six” columns. Six questions are asked of people who successfully found a library job. I find these stories especially inspiring and have gotten ideas on how to build up a resume and on the importance of networking. Hiring Librarians gets inside the mind of Hiring Managers. The same survey questions are asked of Hiring Managers from different institutions both large and small. The Q&A is posted along with a description of the type and size of the institution the Hiring Manager works for. Open Cover Letters is just that. People submit their “winning” cover letters (some information redacted) for library jobs they were actually hired for. This has been a great source of inspiration for getting past Blank Page Syndrome.