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Ten Useful Websites for Techie Librarians and Social Media for Libraries

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on August 22, 2013

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1) Codecademy - http://www.codecademy.com/
Need to learn JavaScript, Ruby or HTML?  Codecademy provides free interactive online tutorials that will help you learn these languages and more.  It’s great for visual learners, such as myself, and let’s be honest – who doesn’t like earning badges for completing a task?

2) Lifehacker - http://lifehacker.com/
Lifehacker posts about tips and hacks to make your life easier.  I frequently learn about tweaks or new software from this blog.

3) The Librarian in Black - http://librarianinblack.net/
If you haven’t read Sarah Houghton’s blog, you really should.  Sarah posts about issues in libraries and frequently touches on technology.  She is not afraid to voice controversial opinions.

4) Teleread - http://www.teleread.com/
Teleread covers news related to ebooks and online publishing.  The blog also includes a section specific to libraries, so you can easily find relevant library news and stories.

5) Mashable - http://mashable.com/social-media/
Mashable posts news about social media and other Web 2.0 systems.  Click on the Social Media tag to bypass the entertainment stories.

6) Not Safe! [for Libraries] - http://ns4lib.com/
Michael Schofield posts about web design specifically with libraries in mind.

7) In the Library with the Lead Pipe - http://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org
Although not specific to technology issues, In the Library with the Lead Pipe posts peer reviewed journal articles that challenge many preconceptions of librarianship.

8) ReadWrite - http://readwrite.com/
Formerly ReadWriteWeb, ReadWrite posts the latest tech news in a highly digestible way that is friendly towards non-techies.

9) Agnostic, Maybe - http://agnosticmaybe.wordpress.com/
Andy Woodworth blogs about libraries, technology and life as a librarian in New Jersey.  I especially enjoy reading his opinions on ebooks and licensing.

10} ALA Techsource - http://www.alatechsource.org/blog
Last, but not least, the ALA Techsource blog provides updates on technology news and initiatives that are occurring in other libraries.

I hope that this list gave you some new reading material!  Which technology blogs do you recommend?  Join the conversation on LinkedIn:  http://www.linkedin.com/groupItem?view=&gid=4112382&type=member&item=215928370

3 Responses to “Ten Useful Websites for Techie Librarians and Social Media for Libraries”

  1.   Plamen Miltenoff Says:

    Zohoorian Fooladi, N., & Abrizah, A. (2013). Academic librarians and their social media presence: a story of motivations and deterrents. Retrieved from https://www.researchgate.net/publication/258289584_Academic_librarians_and_their_social_media_presence_a_story_of_motivations_and_deterrents?ev=srch_pub&_sg=%2Bnm%2FohueFAtyWsEYHWCoK%2B9wmxn5Y6iP81XCjYkV7VEWZ6%2BRPdJb0cAVU3Wy1Q2F_K1KS%2Fj1%2BoyHUPu%2Fy4yJn2k3LEH5I2Lzd%2B%2FOFIPvce7vrCotFsvJxgDaqnLnVfDpD

  2.   Plamen Miltenoff Says:

    Kim, K., Sin, S., & Tsai, T. (2014). Individual Differences in Social Media Use for Information Seeking. Journal Of Academic Librarianship, 40(2), 171-178. doi:10.1016/j.acalib.2014.03.001
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    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/260995921_Individual_Differences_in_Social_Media_Use_for_Information_Seeking?ev=srch_pub&_sg=lNqFzGdOfaJKIXYgre0DnZIms8U3NT8wQRefZth5xoXWf9Eh8WJeapg46RdGuD1R_zlBvMYMaraXCtSiw35nplgZ4MLKq7mcFaqZP%2FellcfssvxHj%2BrUP7dyEL4wkE0EF

  3.   Plamen Miltenoff Says:

    The Librarian’s Nitty-Gritty Guide to Social Media, L. Solomon. American Library Association (2013), ISBN: 9780838911600

    One of the book’s strongest sections focuses on persuading reluctant managers and staff to see the value of social media. It includes arguments that hold true no matter what sort of library you work for: that social media is not going anywhere; that individual tools may be ephemeral but the concepts behind them are not.

    Nicholas, D., Watkinson, A., Rowlands, I., & Jubb, M. (2011). Social Media, Academic Research and the Role of University Libraries. Journal Of Academic Librarianship, 37(5), 373-375.
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