5 Popular Library Science Blogs and Organizations
- Association for Library Service to Children
- No Shelf Required
- Mr. Library Dude
- Librarian by Day
- Library Juice
Librarians and those interested in library services or the causes of intellectual freedom can enjoy any of these blogs to further their education. It helps to stay involved in the causes and priorities of library services. This is especially true when you’re involved in educating yourself in the library sciences field.
Association for Library Service to Children
This organization is dedicated to supporting library services for children as well as the librarians who service those childrens’ needs. ALSC requires membership and includes youth librarians, literature experts for children, publishers of childrens’ books and educators. There are over 4,000 members. They provide professional connections, news and related governance as well as committees and discussion groups for advocacy and legislation, early childhood programs and public awareness just to name a few.
No Shelf Required
The blog is managed by Mirela Roncevic, but has had other writers and blog managers. For years, Sue Polanka oversaw the blog. It’s become a site where librarians can find anything they need in the form of ebooks and blog posts. Whether it’s public, academic or school related, there are dozens of posts from information science professionals around the United States and beyond. They take pieces from writers, editors, librarians and publishers on the blog, but interested parties must submit a proposal.
Mr. Library Dude
While some blogs covering library topics involve the overarching idea of literacy or government legislation, this one is a variety of topics that students might find interesting if they are in college to be a librarian. The blog is written by Joe Hardenbrook who works at a reference library in Wisconsin. He has posts about how to rock your library interview, interview pitfalls, job hunting and marketing for libraries.
Librarian by Day
Many of the blogs on this list are written by librarians who are passionate about library initiatives around the country. Bobbi Newman is the voice behind the blog, and she has been involved in a variety of projects that deal with digital literacy, innovation and change as well as the future of libraries. The blog covers topics from a variety of angles like her packing and travel tips for library conferences as well as projects like “This is What a Librarian Looks Like” that involved pictures of librarians doing things they love.
The blog was founded by Rory Litwin, who contributed on a solo basis until 2011 before adding a team to the blog. He had a web presence and an ezine for librarians until starting the blog. It covers issues related to the idea that information is a public good, the role of government and corporate secrecy in disinformation and intellectual freedoms. The space covers print and web culture as well as the state of libraries currently.
These blogs, websites and associations are all great places to learn more about libraries and all the information that library services have to offer patrons. These are popular blogs that deal with library science and the world of librarians and what they’re passionate about on a daily basis.