TTW on BlogDay 2005 (5 Blogs of the Biblioblogosphere You Should Be Reading)

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BlogDay is August 31: BlogDay is about meeting new bloggers from other areas of interest around the world, as well as introducing your readers to new bloggers. Conceived by Nir Ofir as a way of celebrating our unique gathering of souls here in the blogosphere, BlogDay will take place on August 31 because the date “3108” looks more like the word “blog” than any other…”

The directions go on to state I should choose 5 newer blogs I like and post about them. I’ve chosen some relatively newer blogs that always seem to inspire me. Here goes:

Blog Day 2005 TTW Recommendations:

Feel Good Librarian: Jessamyn and other folks have pointed to this one but I have to do it one more time. Heavens, but this is what front-line library blogging is about. In fact, FGL is one of the most unique voices of the biblioblogosphere. Read FGL, you’ll be happy you did!

::schwagbag:: : Congrats to Sherri on her new job AND on one of my favorite, relatively newer blogs! The content concerning IM, including a survey, detailed training captures and outlines and ponderances on academic library messaging, are priceless.

Wanderings of a Student Librarian: Thoughtful, intriguing and full of useful stuff: look at “How to Read a Journal Article” as an example. I’m also all about gathering the links to student librarian blogs…fascinating!

Edifice Ref: Beatrice gets it big time! She is blogging and promoting new tools for her library, Rhode Island and has taken on the monumental task of setting up a blog for the ASIS&T conference this fall. Well done!

Information Wants to Be Free Ok, Meredith has been blogging awhile, but WOWZA does her stuff inspire me. Take a look at this post about “What is a wiki” and you’ll see, she gets it too:

http://meredith.wolfwater.com/wordpress/index.php/2005/08/24/280/

This is why I am dismayed that some of my colleagues seem to have given up this practice. In response to the question posed in BlogJunction?s post Am I Supposed to Know What a ?Wiki? Is? I say YES!!! I can understand reading the email I wrote to WebJunction members and not knowing what a wiki is. There is nothing wrong with not knowing. But, as librarians who must know how to search the Web, how hard is it to look it up? Doing a Google search for ?what is a wiki? nets 10 sites on the first page alone that have useful definitions of what a wiki is. In the time it would take someone to send an email pointing out that they don?t know what a wiki is, they could easily change that situation themselves.

So, those are just 5 of many LIS blogs I like to read. What I like about this group is that in each of their own ways they are actively working in our field as practitioners: to make libraries better, to educate users about new tech, to tell stories of the world of libraries, to make the reference desk personal, and improve the image of librarians. Rock ON!

(This is my 700th post to this version of TTW!)

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