Library professionals and academics have been blogging since more than a decade. In this second part of the two part series on LIS Blogosphere, I am presenting ten LIS blogs which have sustained themselves for over a decade. Some blogs are authored by individual bloggers, whereas there are others with collaborative contributors. Librarians and academics are using their blogs to promote their achievements, work interests and research outputs.
- beSpacific – Sabrina I. Pacifici the author of beSpacific, launched the blog in 2002 and presents research on Law, Technology and Knowledge Discovery from around the world. The blog has a searchable database of over 40,000 postings (as on July 20, 2016).
- Coyle’s InFormation – A blog by Karen Coyle active since 2006. Karen writes on various topics with more posts on cataloguing, FRBR, RDA and library catalogs.
- David Lee King – A blog on social media, emerging trends and libraries since September 2003.
- Information Literacy Weblog – The author of this blog Sheila Webber, is a faculty member at the Information School, University of Sheffield, UK. The tag line on the blog reads as ‘Curating information literacy stories from around the world since 2005’. This blog is a great resource for staying updated on webinars, conferences, developments on ‘information literacy’ worldwide.
- Information wants to be free – Meredith Farkas, the author of this blog is a faculty librarian at Portland Community College in Oregon. Meredith is also the founder and manager of Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki, with a knowledge base that has collected information from thousands of librarians. Blogging since 2004, she blogs on topics such as social software in libraries, embedded librarianship, and technology issues.
- Librarian.net – This is one of the first LIS blog out there as stated on the blog ‘the first single-editor library-oriented weblog’ started in April 1999. Jessamyn West, a library technologist writes about the digital divide and its effects on library services, legislation that affects libraries and rural libraries and their use of new technologies.
- LISNews – Started in November 1999 by Blake Carver, a librarian. LISNews is now a collaborative blog devoted to current events and news in the world of Library and Information Science.
- The ‘M’ Word – Marketing Libraries helps librarians learn about new marketing trends and ideas for non-profits and libraries.
- Tame the web – The author of this blog, Michael Stephens is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information at San José State University. The blog provides information on emerging technologies, socio-technological trends, the evolving hyperlinked library, LIS education, and human-centered services for LIS students and information professionals.
- Walt at Random – Walt Crawford, the author has studied LIS blogs extensively and publishes the e-journal Cites & Insights, on the intersections of libraries, policy, technology and media.
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–Bhakti Gala, ILN Content Officer