A blog is in many ways a continuing conversation – Andrew Sullivan
It has been a little over two decades since the first blog was created by Justin Hall in 1994. You can read a short history on blogging here. The universe of blogs, bloggers and commenters contributing specifically to the Library & Information Science (LIS) blogs encompass the LIS Blogosphere. Lists of LIS blogs are available at sites such as LIZEN, LISWiki and the blog Walt at Random.
Early obituaries written on the demise of the blog as a medium of sharing content exists with market surveys still stating the trends in blogging for 2016. The Nieman Lab Series 2014 has Jason Kottke predicting that “The Stream might be on the wane but still it dominates. All media on the web and in mobile apps has blog DNA in it and will continue to for a long while.” In this two part series on LIS blogs, I will present some of the libraries and library associations who have active blogs and in the second post I will look at the some of the oldest blogs on the LIS blogosphere written by library professionals and academics.
- The British Library (BL) has 19 blogs on different collections and topics. If you scroll down the page a complete list of BL blogs is given arranged in an alphabetical list with a short annotation. These blogs are written by curators, subject specialists and guest bloggers. The topics highlight collections such as American, Asian and African studies to definite topics such as science, social science, music, digital scholarship, collection care and others. These blogs also offer you updates on courses offered and videos of actual preservation work being done behind the scenes at the British Library.
- Library of Congress has 16 blogs on different topics ranging from preservation, music, geography, folk life, and literature among others. Each blog has a scope note and posts categorized alphabetically for ease of access.
- National Library of Australia– The library has two blogs: Behind the Scenes and the Trove Blog. Both these blogs give an unconventional format of archived posts displayed graphically (Typically a blog post would show post archives arranged in a reverse chronological order on the right side of the webpage).
- Some examples of digital libraries with blogs include Europeana, and Digital Public Library of America.
- American Library Association (ALA) Blogs provides a Real Simple Syndication (RSS) feed aggregated blog service for all of its blogs from its various divisions. Each blog gives information about the authors contributing to the blog, about, and style guide to contribute to the blog. The blogs reflect the scope of each of the divisions – thus there is something for every type of librarian- academic and research librarians (ACRLog), School librarians (AASLblog), public librarians (PLAblog), technology (LITAblog) and many more. CILIP (UK) and IFLA (CPDWL Blog, School Libraries Blog, Bibliography Blog, etc.) have various blogs to promote their activities.
- OCLC hosts multiple blogs including the Lorcan Dempsey’s Weblog, 025.431: The Dewey Blog and Data Liberate among others.
The ILN blog is another example of an excellent platform for global voices.
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–Bhakti Gala, ILN Content Officer