Saturday 9 May 2015

Expand your knowledge

There are so many ways to expand your professional knowledge but I'm going to look at one of the easiest. Blogs are one of my favourite ways to keep up to date with topics and trends in the library world, both in Australia and the rest of the world. Here are my top seven favourite blogs (aside from this one of course!):

  • Annoyed Librarian is an American blogger who discusses issues facing the library world at large from closures in the UK to sex shows in libraries and everything in between. No one knows who she is but her quick wit and timely commentary on current library events makes her blog a fun and educational read!

  • In the Library with the Lead Pipe is an International, open access open peer reviewed journal who believe that libraries and their staff can change the world! Their articles cover a range of topics that influence the library world as well as provide a different way to present original research.

  • International Librarians Network. The blog for the ILN is a great way to participate in the program without the commitment of the email buddy. Each week the ILN discuss a number of both serious and lighthearted topics surrounding the industry and give s you an insight to librarians around the world.

  • Circulating Ideas is an American podcast where library folk are  interviewed about their work, their lives and the issues facing libraries.  

  • Heroes Mingle is a Kiwi blog by Sally Pewhairangi and Megan Ingle. Their blog encourages readers to look at the world differently and explore the possibilities that their work spaces can create. Sally and Megan's latest adventure is Weave, part blog, part journal, it inspires creativity, communication, facilitation collaboration and innovation in libraries. 

  • Library as Incubator blog highlights the different ways that libraries and artists can work together. The blog showcases projects that show the importance that libraries have in our communities and cultures. Its also a great way to get inspiration for your own library's creativity. 

  • Library Problems is a fun look at the problems we all face as part of our work. Users share GIFs that show the way we wish we could react when certain situations arise. Its not at all intellectual but it does make me smile and reminds me that I'm not the only one to have THAT kind of day!  
Share your favourite library blogs below!

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