06 August 2009

Three Lists of Must Reads

100 Best Blogs for Librarians of the Future
The folks at Bachelor’s Degree Online (whoever they are) have compiled of list of blogs to follow. Divided into Technology and Education, School and Academic Librarians, Library Issues and Advocacy, Research and Reference, Innovation and Information, Reading and Literature, and Professional categories, they include most of the ones I follow and some I have to look at. A good place to start if you’re looking to keep up with the ever-changing library world. (Find more at http://globeofblogs.com by searching on “library.”)

URL: http://www.bachelorsdegreeonline.com/blog/2009/100-best-blogs-for-librarians-of-the-future/

25 Predictions for the University of the Future
On Associate Degree (which seems to be a site similar to Bachelor’s Degree Online), site administrator Emily Thomas goes out on a limb to predict “how the university of the future will operate.” The ones focusing on libraries:
“Libraries will continue to become more tech-focused”
“Learning resources will shift online”
“There will be an increase in the variety of educational resources and materials”
and many interesting predictions for other facets of higher education.

Definitely worth a read.

URL: http://associatedegree.org/2009/07/29/25-predictions-for-the-university-of-the-future/

Best Practices for Government Libraries 2009. Change: Managing it, Surviving it and Thriving on it.
LexisNexis’s Marie Kaddel has compiled over 60 articles by librarians, association leaders, and LexisNexis consultants. Included are federal standards, actual library case studies, LexisNexis presentations, press releases, and think pieces. And all this is available for free! Download it and learn. (PS. Not just for government librarians….)

URL: http://www.lexisnexis.com/tsg/gov/Best_Practices_2009.pdf


ellie said...

FYI about the first 2 sites - they're affiliate linking sites. http://ellieheartslibraries.wordpress.com/2009/08/06/affiliate-sites/

Ms. OPL said...

This is what Ellie was referring to:
"Both this site (http://associatedegree.org) and Learn-gasm – who has the top 100 blogs post going around currently (www.bachelorsdegreeonline.com) are sites designed solely to earn revenue through click-throughs."

That notwithstanding, these are good lists and worth reading.

Anonymous said...

I'm really curious how they come up with such lists.

I would say they are just picking well known blogs, maybe start with one well known say "information wants to be free" then follow blog rolls, except....

My own blog appeared in 2 such lists, and my new blog is less than 6 months old and is pretty unknown.

And unlike say "In the Library with the Lead Pipe News", I'm an unknown librarian from the backwaters of Singapore.

I'll leave it to others to decide whether my blog deserves a place in the top 100, but I'm guessing they are not really making a decision by reading the blogs but rather they are using some algorithm that my blog ranks well on. I suspect they are using Postrank, where it seems my blog does relatively well due to the number of delicious bookmarks.