This Week in Library Blog Land

This Week in LibraryBlogLand (January 21, 2008)

Submitted by bentley on Mon, 01/21/2008 - 12:19

This Week in LibraryBlogLand
week ending January 20, 2008

From PUBLIB: Tips for designing library buildings, from librarians.

Adrienne Furness (Homeschooling and Libraries) has a series of posts detailing the anatomy of a curriculum kit.


On the DMCA: slideshow by Wellington Grey.

Prize-Winning Books Online: Newbery Award (1922-1924), Nobel Prize in Literature (1901-1953), Pulitzer Prize (1917-1953) (via)

This Week in LibraryBlogLand (January 14, 2008)

Submitted by bentley on Mon, 01/14/2008 - 11:20

This Week in LibraryBlogLand
week ending January 13, 2008

The Library of Congress has released the Final Report of the Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control. Comments from Wade Wyckoff (WadingIn) and Daniel Chudnov (One Big Library).

U.S. News & Word Report's 31 Careers With Bright Futures 2008: Librarian. Brian Mathews (The Ubiquitous Librarian) responds to Steven Bell's, "Are you where you want to be professionally?" Comment from Annoyed Librarian.

Steve Campion (LibraryStream) continues his Learn More series of posts about the social web.

There's Still Time To Nominate Your Favorite Blogs! LISNews 10 Blogs To Read in 2008.

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 12/13/2007 - 09:39

I started putting together our list of "must read" library blogs for 2008 last month and while I have received many nominations, I could use many more! Check out 10 Blogs To Read In 2007 and 10 Blogs To Read in 2006 to see who has already made the list.

So what's the criteria, you ask?
What blogs do you read every day? What blogs help you learn? What blogs keep you informed? What blogs make you laugh? Who's the best writer out there?

This Week in LibraryBlogLand (November 12, 2007)

Submitted by bentley on Mon, 11/12/2007 - 12:27

This Week in LibraryBlogLand
week ending November 11, 2007

Nicole C. Engard (What I Learned Today) relates a friend's frustration with her local library's catalog. Jon Udell has a conversation with Beth Jefferson about reinventing the library catalog. (Note that he has moved his LibraryLookup bookmarklet generator.)

Discussion at LibraryCrunch) about what library 2.0 is and is not. Joseph Lucia (ngc4lib) has a idea for how libraries could fund collaborative open source development. (via)

Michael Sauers (Travelin' Librarian)) tells a tale of unintended consequences of a library's Flickr account.

Nancy Larrabee (LIScareer) on what she wishes she had learned at library school.

This Week in LibraryBlogLand (November 5, 2007)

Submitted by bentley on Mon, 11/05/2007 - 12:41

This Week in LibraryBlogLand
week ending November 4, 2007
(Alas, Numfar has danced his last dance)

Ryan Deschamps (The Other Librarian) asks, Will universal accessibility at libraries even be possible in 10 years? Anthony Grafton (New Yorker) on digitization and reading. Comments from Steve (Intermittent Thinking) and David Rothman (TeleRead). Jeff Scott (Gather No Dust) has some thoughts about print versus e-books.

John Miedema ( has a four-part series about audiobooks.

This Week in LibraryBlogLand (October 29, 2007)

Submitted by bentley on Mon, 10/29/2007 - 17:02

This Week in LibraryBlogLand
week ending October 28, 2007

Online learning and its impact on public libraries: Carleen (woody+wired), then Meredith Farkas (Information Wants to Be Free), then Carleen again.

lislemck (Biblioblather) just finished one of those 23 Things Challenges. Angel Rivera (Gypsy Librarian) on blogging about the library experience.

Ken Varnum (RSS4Lib) is compiling a directory of experimental library tool sites. John Miedema posted his Eight laws of library technology.

Daniel Chudnov (One Big Library) points to two articles about the World Digital Library.

K. G. Schneider (Free Range Librarian) reports on OCLC's report on sharing, privacy, and trust.


Back in August, Sarah Houghton-Jan (LibrarianInBlack had some thoughts about library literature. Angel Rivera (Gypsy Librarian) responds.

Lazygal (Killin' time being lazy) has some thoughts about what it means to be a "real" school librarian.

Krafty Librarian writes about the difference between academic medical librarians and hospital librarians. Krafty Librarian also notes that librarians can help decrease hospital length of stay.

John Miedema has some thoughts as he finds himself halfway through a part-time MLIS.

A volunteer's first encounter with AACR2. (via)


Survey on middle management in libraries.

Survey on library use of and relations with mega-internet sites such as Google, Yahoo, Ebay, My Space, YouTube and others.

Survey of academic websites. (via)


From Meredith Farkas, more about 2.0 subject guides.


Krafty Librarian with a reminder to check your domain name expiration date. [Ed.: but watch out for fake renewal emails]

T-shirt of the week (via)

The story of the superhero librarian who rescued the children from the scary monster.


ASIS&T 2007 (October 19-24)
- Christina Pikas (Christina's LIS Rant).
- Ken Varnum (RSS4Lib).

Internet Librarian 2007 (October 29-31)
- Lots o' bloggers
- Twitter.

AASL 2007 (October 24-28)
- Christopher Harris (Infomancy).

Strategic Thinking and Planning (with Larry Seaquist) (October 19-21)
- Duane McCollum (The Information Auditor)

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This Week in LibraryBlogLand (October 22, 2007)

Submitted by bentley on Mon, 10/22/2007 - 16:38

This Week in LibraryBlogLand
week ending October 21, 2007

(Sorry if some of this is old news. I didn't read library blogs while I was otherwise occupied, so everything I'm seeing in blogs this week is new to me.)

While preparing a speech on social media, Shel Israel (Global Neighbourhoods) asked, What should I tell the librarians? Many answers in the comments. Another comment from BrandToBeDetermined.

Christine Schwartz (Cataloging Futures) points to an article by Alan Danskin about perceived threats to the future of cataloguing. Comments from Karen Coyle (Coyle's InFormation). Nicole C. Engard (What I Learned Today) has a few comments about cataloguing for the users.

Mary Carmen Chimato (Circ and Serve) wrote a couple of posts about A Day in the Life of an access services librarian.

Cynthia Taylor (Nebraska Library Commission Blog) points to the Library Career Resource Center.

Agnese Caruso (Slaw) reports on a NE2007 session that listed ways to communicate the value of special librarians to management (via)

New York Times: several research libraries say no to Google/Microsoft and yes to the Open Content Alliance for their book scanning projects.


Adrienne Furness (Homeschooling and Libraries) has posted the contents of her library's subject kits for homeschoolers.

From iLibrarian, a librarian's guide to creating 2.0 subject guides.


Michael Stephens points to an interview with John Blyberg

Eight librarians were interviewed by the Chronicle of Higher Education about the future of the library profession. via, here's a temporary free link to the article. For the complete interviews: the questions are here; the answers are in the podcasts: Joe Sanchez; Susan Gibbons; Nick Baker; Casey Bisson; Jessamyn West; Sarah Kostelecky; Char Booth; Brian Mathews.


Meredith Farkas (Information Wants To Be Free) has posted the results of her 2007 Survey of the Biblioblogosphere.

Walt Crawford (Walt at Random) has been thinking about blogging. Meredith Farkas (Information Wants To Be Free) has been thinking about anonymous blogging.


Stephen Abram (Stephen's Lighthouse) lists three library comic strips (plus another two).


Probably the prettiest library t-shirt: Online Medieval & Classical Library.

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This Week in LibraryBlogLand (October 15, 2007)

Submitted by bentley on Mon, 10/15/2007 - 17:30

This Week in LibraryBlogLand
week ending October 15, 2007

First off, apologies for being away so long. What was supposed to be a one-week distraction stretched to six weeks. I'm about caught up on things I neglected in that time, so today's TWiL consists mostly of odds and ends I hadn't used yet. I expect next week's to be more like a normal TWiL. Thanks again for your patience.


David Shedden (Poynter Online) wrote a history of digital news from 1969 to the present.

Speaking of space-age firsts: the Gail Borden Library (Elgin, Ill.) became the first public library to host a live chat with International Space Station astronauts.

T-shirt of the Week.

- Questionable Content: "Have you ever seen a gaggle of drunken librarians?"

- Real Life Comics: think before you give books as gifts (language warning).

- "If you were giving the scholarship to an intellectually brilliant kid who happens to play a sport, that's fine. But they give it to a functional illiterate who can't read a cereal box, and then make him spend 50 hours a week on physical skills. That's not opportunity. If you want to give financial help to minorities, go find the ones who are at the library after school." William Dowling, Confessions of a Spoilsport. (via)