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To Read Tues: Recommended Reading Twitter Question

Card Catalog, Burrow Library

We got a question on Twitter over the weekend about reading material for LIS: 

RT @brandontlocke: Any recommended reads for aspiring/future MLIS students?

It is difficult to respond to such a question in 140 characters or less. I made the attempt by suggesting reputable blogs and e-news sources for LIS information and fiction for mind expansion (and fun!). Feeling that a little more was needed I have expanded with advice, links and resources.

There are some recommended books for LIS like “Library: An Unquiet History” and “Libraries in the Ancient World. Certainly you can start with the American Library Association’s Mission and History or even Wikipedia if you want some historical information. 

Honestly though I think the profession is undergoing such shifts that you’re better off reading via the Internet or the trade mags (if you are in school and can get free access – even better). I am first to admit that I am biased in that direction anyway yet these sources are going to give you the best picture of what is happening now and the foreseeable future. You’re surely going to get enough of the past in class so may as well spend other time researching the future.

As I tweeted Brandon, I also think it important for relaxation, inspiration and humor to balance out with some good fiction reading (whatever “good” means to you). The benefits of reading fiction for writing are obvious but the correlation to heightened emotional intelligence and even business savvy and success has been found in avid readers. If nothing else, we are, after all going to be librarians who should practice the literacy skills we preach (as well as having an awareness of what is out there). 

You cant read everything. (Duh!) This is my reminder to myself and you that this is OK. The important thing, especially if you are just exploring LIS, is that you are seeping yourself in the issues and language of the day as much as possible. Seeing what you read through to the end and what makes your eyes glaze over is a great culling tool for your intended concentration. You can always research or find more information about issues that interest you or things that you feel like you need to know.

There are some fine blog RSS links in the left sidebar to get you started. I find that having a wide range of people on my Twitter feed is helpful (from @buffyhamilton to @brainpicker to even @smartbitches and of course all my fellow hackers). Sometimes LIS articles come from unlikely places. Start following a few people and then see who is retweeted or followed by those to expand your list. If you have a few moments look for #LIS or #MLIS. It goes without saying that you need to check any links and sources for accuracy and, just as with articles, some might appeal more than others.

Thanks for the question Brandon! You’re already well on your way to being a good information professional by asking.

If you have a question about reading or LIS in general we are Twitter available @HackLibSchool or please comment/ask below. We want to help you hack!

[Image Credit: "Card Catalog, Burrow Library" via Flickr under CC license by Ed Uthman]

13 thoughts on “To Read Tues: Recommended Reading Twitter Question

    • Thanks Lesley for the link. I can’t look yet as my membership is “pending” but I will definitely check back and am thankful to have that contact made. (I should be better about my linkedin account)
      Hope both were helpful!

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  1. One of my favorites is a humorous take on going to grad school, called Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to go to Grad School, by Adam Ruben. It’s quite funny because is so true.

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  2. For a more academic take, I very much enjoy Bowker and Star’s “Sorting Things Out.” It talks about how classification is inherently political–something every information professional should be aware of.

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  3. Again great article! I do a lot of online reading to keep up with emerging library trends and changes to the industry. I also get caught up on the notion that I can’t read everything, although I do try :)

    Since I’m in the midst of applying to library school, I’m reading blogs written by librarians (to learn more about areas of interest) and current library students (to get an insider view of library school). Here’s my run down:

    LIBRARIANS:
    http://www.davidleeking.com (social media, emerging tech.)
    http://www.bibwild.wordpress.com (systems librarian, tech trends)
    http://www.nancypearl.com (the quintessential librarian)
    http://www.blogs.library.duke.edu/scholcomm (open-access content, digital content and copyright in the academic setting)

    LIBRARY STUDENTS:
    Hack Library School (duh!)
    http://www.sidelongcitation.com
    http://www.climbingthestacks.wordpress.com

    I also go to Library Journal and the ALA Magazine websites to learn more about current library-related news and check other websites outside the scope of libraries like ted.com (for inspiration), arstechnica.com, wired.com, and springwise.com (for ideas).

    I’d like to read “This Book is Overdue” so I’ll be adding that to my already exhaustive list, but what the hey, I love to read :)

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  4. Again great article! I do a lot of online reading to keep up with emerging library trends and changes to the industry. I also get caught up on the notion that I can’t read everything, although I do try :)

    Since I’m in the midst of applying to library school I’m reading blogs written by librarians (to learn more about areas of interest) and current library students (to get an insider view of library school). Here’s my run down:

    LIBRARIANS:
    http://www.davidleeking.com (social media, emerging tech.)
    http://www.bibwild.wordpress.com (systems librarian, tech trends)
    http://www.nancypearl.com (the quintessential librarian)
    http://www.blogs.library.duke.edu/scholcomm (open-access content, digital content and copyright in the academic setting)

    LIBRARY STUDENTS:
    Hack Library School (duh!)
    http://www.sidelongcitation.com
    http://www.climbingthestacks.wordpress.com

    I also go to Library Journal and the ALA Magazine websites to learn more about current library-related news and check other websites outside the scope of libraries like ted.com (for inspiration), arstechnica.com, wired.com, and springwise.com (for ideas).

    I’d like to read “This Book is Overdue” so I’ll need to add that to my already exhaustive list, but what the hey, I love to read :)

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    • Great resources! I had the opportunity to see David Leeking speak at FLA last year and he was fantastic, I particularly liked his interesting and engaging ideas about revolution in service and his anti-“read” campaign stance.
      Thank you for sharing (and your kind words)!

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  5. Thanks Greg! “The Master Switch” looks particularly interesting, adding that one to my list as well.
    I’ve been to lonewolf before but always a good reminder to circle back. My RSS reader is stock full and unless something really catches my eye they will sit for a while.
    Ahh the perils of information overload!

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