Great Librarian Websites


There is a huge sea of library and library-related websites out there. The websites on this list are those that I consider useful (or pages that have linked to my site–hint, hint)


Next Generation Librarian’s List

Christine Bourne’s Next Generation Librarian’s List is a colorful and useful resource for people new to the library community. It cover topics such as the age issue, and intergenerational work styles; interview advice for finding new jobs; the social life of the librarian; and tips and advice for the new librarian. The list is open to all, regardless of age, but the focus of the list tends toward issues facing library folks in their 20s and 30’s. Message traffic tends to be moderate and focused on mostly on library issues. Next Gen is an excellent networking tool.

Next Gen also has a website located at Nexgenlibrarian.net

The list archive is at http://www.topica.com/lists/nexgenlib-l

Next Gen is also on Friendster, if you are in the library world feel free to add Next Gen as a friend.

To subscribe to the list send a message to nexgenlib-l-subscribe@topica.com

Library Underground

James Quinn’s Library Underground could be considered the big brother of Next Gen, and like a cool older brother the list tends toward larger topics. It is one of the best resource for progressive or activist librarians, unlike the more business-like and focused Publib list. Library Underground has a real human face to it. There is a passion and a fire to these people, well worth looking into. The list covers a wide ranging set of topics related to most aspects of the library world such as intellectual freedom, censorship concerns, and the nature of “Ken”. The list is open to all, regardless of age. Message traffic tends to be moderate, and on topic. Like Next Gen it is an excellent networking tool.

Library Underground also has a website located at Libraryunderground.org

The list archive is at http://www.topica.com/lists/libraryunderground

To subscribe to the list send a message to libraryunderground-subscribe@topica.com

ChattyLibrarians

Chatty is the island of misfit librarians. It is many things at once and hard to define, but ultimately it is a home for library folks that don’t fit on any other list. This is a list for librarians, and their allies who just want to socialize and converse with other librarians and information professionals. It is a family, in a way most other lists aren’t. Unlike other lists, chatty is not formal or strictly library related. There are no topics that are off-limits, but you should bring a sense of humor. Think of chatty as an online coffee-klatch. The list is open to all, regardless of age. Message traffic tends to be extremely high, over 70 messages a day–or more.

The list archive is at http://lists.topica.com/lists/chattylibrarians

To subscribe to the list send a message to chattylibrarians-subscribe@topica.com

Library Grrrls

While not a mail list, Library Grrrls is one of the most active library communities on Live Journal. This is a grrrl (but bois are welcome, too) focused arena for discussing library work issues, women’s evolving roles in libraries, and general library bitching or exalting. The community is friendly and open to new members, but does require a live journal membership to fully take part.

Library Grrrls is located at http://www.livejournal.com/community/library_grrls

LISNEWS

LISNEWS is the daily paper of the library community. With self-submitted articles from around the web and print sources, this site is a must read for anyone concerned about the happenings in the library world. The site also has quite an active journal community surrounding it with many interesting people and points of view. The journals can be quite opinionated, be ready to meet many with views vastly different from your own

The site’s webpage is at http://www.lisnews.com

The site’s RSS feed is http://www.lisnews.com/lisnews.rss

Librarian’s Rant

Librarian’s Rant is a sharp and topical library blog focusing on intelligent (or strange) issues for intelligent (or strange) people. Its author Louise is a good friend, but that doesn’t influence its placement on the list. She got here, because of all the blogs I read, hers assures me that maybe I’m not the only sane one left in the library biz.

The site’s webpage is at http://lblog.jalcorn.net

The site’s RSS feed is http://lblog.jalcorn.net/rss.php?version=1.0

Librarian.net

Jessamyn West is one of our leading lights in the library community, although she’s probably blush to hear that. In her words “I’m not trying to be a librarian rock star here.”

She just about founded the idea of the online librarian page back when the web was young, and she wrote a book Revolting Librarians Redux. If you haven’t read it, you should.

The site’s webpage is at http://www.librarian.net

The site’s RSS feed is http://www.librarian.net/index.rdf

Confessions of a Mad Librarian

Miss Eli’s Confessions of a Mad Librarian describes itself as “A forum for discussion of library and information topics and interests by a rank amateur, a dilettante and a gadabout. Until I graduate, at least …” Colorful and passionate, I would recomend giving it a look.

The site’s webpage is at http://edwards.orcas.net/~misseli/blog

The Laughing Librarian

What can I say, Brian Smith is a funny, funny man.

The Laughing Librarian is just full of interesting and off center ideas and commentary, including Koans of the Zen Librarian. If you find this site funny, check out Laughing because it is even more amusing. A fact that I would grumble about more, if Brian wasn’t such a cool guy.

The site’s webpage is at http://www.laughinglibrarian.com

Librarism.com

If the Laughing Librarian site wasn’t enough Brian also runs Librarism.com

Librarism is a good stopping point for links to other library sites, not to mention a great set of swag in his shop.

You should buy some.

The site’s webpage is at http://www.librarism.com