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I'm Susan Herzog, Information Literacy Librarian @ Eastern Connecticut State University. This blog is part of my blogging presentations.

Nota Bene: This blog is NOT a comprehensive collection of academic library blogs and bloggers. It will be used for presentations about blogging in academic libraries. If you stumble across this blog and would like to suggest a link, please e-mail Susan Herzog.

ACRLog is the official blog of the Association of College & Research Libraries. The blog is authored by a group of academic librarians referred as the BAB (Blog Advisory Board). The BAB has a simple mission for this blog: ACRLog is a blog that aims to discuss the issues of the day in the field of academic librarianship. It will strive to get you thinking about what you do, why you do it, and how it fits into this enterprise we call higher education. We are passionate about academic librarianship so we will call it the way we see it. You may not always agree with us - and when you do or don’t - let us know - but if we get you thinking about the issues that impact on academic librarianship then we are doing our job. We look forward to your involvement, at whatever level you choose, from reader, to commentor, to contributor.

Aron, Guy. “eprintblog.”
Maintained by Aron, an academic librarian in Melbourne, Australia, this blog focuses on E-print archives in universities and colleges.

Baumgart, Jessica. “j's scratchpad.”
Baumgart, one of the Harvard bloggers, is Information Resources Specialist at the Harvard News Office, Cambridge, MA. While her blog is of particular interest to special librarians, she blogs on a wide range of library issues.

Bell, Steven J. “The Kept-Up Academic Librarian.”
Bell, Director, Gutman Library, Philadelphia University (PA) and Adjunct Professor at the Drexel University College of Information Science and Technology, started a blog “Helping Academic Librarians ‘Keep Up’ With News and Developments In Higher Education: One of my passions is ‘keeping up.’ This means finding sources that will help me and professional colleagues to have access to sources of news, developments, trends, and more - about librarianship and related fields. It also means exploring and discovering technologies that will make keeping up easier and more efficient.”

Chudnov, Dan. “oss4lib.”
Chudnov, Systems Architect, Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT: “Our mission is to cultivate the collaborative power of open source software engineering to build better and free systems for use in libraries. Toward this end, we maintain a listing of free software and systems designed for libraries (the physical, books-on-shelves kind), and we track news about project updates or related issues of interest.”

Clyde, L. Anne. “The Internet Courses: Weblogs.”
Professor and Chair of the Library and Information Science Department at the University of Iceland, Reykjavík, where she taught courses related to information technology in libraries and information agencies, Clyde was the most prolific European writer and presenter on blogging and libraries. This web site includes information and articles about weblogs, directories and guides to Weblogs, and a huge list of links to library and non-library weblogs. The library world lost a leading light when Dr. Clyde passed away in October 2005 (link no longer available).

Coleman, Anita. “ASC Online.”
Coleman, Assistant Professor, School of Information Resources & Library Science, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, uses her blog for Information Science & Technology education and mentoring for LIS graduates.

Coombs, Karen A. “Library Web Chic.”
Coombs, Electronic Services Librarian, SUNY Cortland, blogs about web design and technology in libraries; she has a section, “On the BLeading Edge,” where she experiments with various web technologies.

Dennie, Danielle. “LibrarianActivist.org.”
Dennie, Science Librarian, Université du Québec, Montréal, Canada, started this blog in order to “offer resources to librarians who want to be active in political and social issues surrounding libraries and librarianship” and “to offer a forum where librarians can let others know of events that they have organized or of resolutions they have passed in their organizations relating to political or social issues.”

Dobbs, Arta. "UConn Information Community at the L.M.Stowe Library * E-Resource News and Problems." http://uchclibrary.blogspot.com/

"The UCHC weblog archives begin [sic] with Monday, November 24, 2003 and continue to be updated daily. Scanning this weblog will allow UCHC library users to keep up with the daily happenings in the UCHC library’s electronic resources world. Look for announcements of newly activated electronic resources for users, changes in e-journal holdings and URL’s, technical glitches with established e-resources and their respective platforms and subsequent resolutions of glitches, as well as new developments at each e-resource publisher’s sites."

Dupuis, John. “Confessions of a Science Librarian.”
Dupuis, Science & Electronic Resources Librarian at Steacie Science Library, York University, Toronto, ON, Canada, “features links and pointers to information of interest to academic science librarians.”

Eastman, Garrett. “Rowland Institute Library Blog.”
One of the Harvard blogs, “this is the weblog of the Rowland Institute at Harvard Library, maintained by Garrett Eastman, Librarian. Here I will post links to websites, articles and resources of interest to Rowland scientists as well as material about issues concerning science libraries.”

Etches-Johnson, Amanda. “blogwithoutalibrary.net.”
Etches-Johnson is a Reference Librarian at McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Her blog includes “discussion about and links to some of the very interesting and engaging ways libraries are making use of blogs, RSS, and other emerging technologies to serve their users.”

___. “
Blogging Libraries Wiki.”
Etches-Johnson’s list of library blogs, categorized by academic, public, school, special
and library associations.

___. “Blogs for Internal Library Communication.
Etches-Johnson’s list of internal library blogs.

___. “Library News & Events.”
Etches-Johnson is behind this new collaborative blog. Excellent features include ability to search the blog by keyword, ability to browse by category and month, and Library RSS Feeds:

  • All Library News
  • Mills (Humanities & Soc. Sci.)
  • Innis (Business)
  • Thode (Science & Engineering)
  • Health Sciences
  • Alerts
  • New Books
  • e-Resources
  • Trial e-Resources
  • Events
  • Instruction
  • Web Resources

Francoeur, Stephen. “Digital Reference.”
Francoeur, Information Services Librarian, Baruch College, NY, focuses on virtual reference: “Chat reference = virtual reference = live online reference = real-time reference =REFERENCE (a Teaching Librarian blog).”

Frost, Gary. “futureofthebook.com.”
Frost, Conservator for the Libraries, University of Iowa, is an educator in book art and book conservation. He has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Columbia University, NY, and the University of Texas, Austin. His blog focuses on “preservation and persistence of the changing book.”

Georgia State University Library. “Library News and Subject Blogs.” If there was a prize for the library with the most blogs, Georgia State University Library would win; this is an outstanding example of the value of blogs in an academic library.
Library RSS Feeds:

  • All Blogs - Feed Only
  • Library News
  • Library Career Opportunities
  • African American Studies News
  • Alpharetta Center Library
  • Behavioral Sciences News
  • Books and Libraries
  • Economics News
  • Education News
  • Government Information and Maps
  • History News
  • Issues in Scholarly Communication
  • Learning Commons Blog
  • Middle East News
  • Political Science News
  • Public Administration and Urban Studies News
  • Public Health
  • Science News
  • Special Collections News

Harwell, Jonathan. “Mesoj.”
Harwell, University of Alabama, Birmingham, decribes his blog as “an education blog from an education librarian. The Shqip word ‘mesoj’ from Albania, where your blogger was once a schoolteacher, has three alternate meanings: I learn, I study, or I teach.”

Hilyer, Lee Andrew. “Interlibrary Loan.”
Hilyer, Assistant Director, Photocopy and InterLibrary Loan, Houston Academy of Medicine - Texas Medical Center Library, and author of Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery in the Larger Academic Library: A Guide for University, Research and Larger Public Libraries, started a blog “to test out and see how I like this method of communication, and secondly, because I think there's a need for a blog on new resources for Interlibrary Loan Departments.”

Huwe, Terry and Lincoln Cushing. “Institute of Industrial Relations Library Labor Blog - Labor & Economic News.” http://janicelaborblog.blogspot.com/.
Huwe, Director of Library and Information Resources, and Cushing, Electronic Outreach Librarian, Institute of Industrial Relations Library, University of California, Berkeley are behind The Institute of Industrial Relations Library's Laborblog, “presented as a news and information service for the IIR community and other Internet users who may be interested in RSS news feeds, San Francisco Bay Area events, and related news covering labor and employment issues.”

Jacobs, James R. “diglet.”
“diglet is a blog devoted to digital libraries. It is the frequently-updated online persona of the UCSD [University of California, San Diego] Digital Library Program Working Group's quarterly newsletter, Digital Letters, and is maintained by Jacobs, Government Information Librarian at UCSD's Social Sciences and Humanities Library. diglet posts contain links to digital library projects and organizations as well as to the ever-growing issues surrounding them -- digital rights management, copyright, and emerging technologies like xml etc.”

Leggott, Mark. “LoomWare.”
Leggott, University Librarian, University of Winnipeg, MB, Canada, has a blog subtitled Crafting New Libraries, “a place for thoughts and findings related to my experiences in Library administration and the development of academic library resources and services…. The LoomWare title stems from some presentations I have given on managing libraries in a time of significant technological change. Loom stands for Library Object-Oriented Management, and the Ware refers to tools and techniques for implementing change. The basic concept is that, like programming, one must try things without discussing them to death to move forward. If a programmer started writing code only after they had sketched out the entire cosebase and considered all things that could happen, they would never start. The same is true of trying new things in libraries and educational environments in general.”

Lorenzen, Michael. “The Information Literacy Land of Confusion.” Lorenzen, Head of Reference Services, Park Library, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI has a blog “discussing library user education, library instruction, librarianship, information literacy, and search engines.”

Moraine Valley Community College Library. “The Library's New Blogs (and, What's a Blog?).” This page introduces blogs to the Moraine Valley Community College Library (Palos Hills, IL) community, offering a definition of a blog and links to four library blogs (Library News, Resources & Search Tips, Construction Updates, and the Frankenstein Exhibit) and their most recent entries.

Nance, Mary Beth and Amy Hatfield. “IUSM PDA Weblog.” Nance and Hatfield’s blog contains “Information from the Indiana University Medical Library about Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) hardware and software.”

Orkiszewski, Paul. “The AcqWeblog: Web News for Acquiring Minds.” Paul Orkiszewski, Appalachian State University, has assumed editorial responsibility for AcqWeb, started by by Anna Belle Leiserson, Webmaster, Vanderbilt University Law School. This blog serves librarians and other professionals interested in acquisitions and collection development.

Pacifica Graduate Institute. “Graduate Research Library.” A good example of a collaborative library news blog.

Pate, Michael. “LibraryPlanet.com.”
Pate, librarian at Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, subtitles his blog “News With a Library Focus.” His top five categories are public libraries, technology, fair use, intellectual freedom, and biographies.

Pikas, Christina. “CHRISTINA'S LIS RANT.”
Pikas, Technical Librarian, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Laurel, MD, has a blog on “Sci/Tech libraries, special libraries, freedom of information, and open access publishing”. She is a librarian in a “physics, astronomy, math, computer science, and engineering library.”

___. “On Christina's Radar.”
Pikas’ “starter blog to post scitech stuff that I run across in my environmental scanning. The main subjects are: math, physics, astronomy, engineering, computer science, etc.”

Reichardt, Randy. “The SciTech Library Question.”
Reichardt, Public Service Librarian, Science and Technology Library, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada: “Occasional postings about issues and concerns of interest (but not restricted to) engineering and scitech librarians.”

Rhyno, Art. “LibraryCog.”
Rhyno, Systems Librarian, Leddy Library, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and author of Using Open Source Systems for Digital Libraries, has a blog on “like, you know, library systems and stuff...”

Seeman, Corey. “A Library Writer's Blog.”
Seeman, University of Toledo, OH, created a blog to alert fellow librarians to publishing and presentation opportunities in library and information science, as well as other related fields.

Sen-Roy, Mita. “Leddy Library News.”
Sen-Roy, Science Librarian, Reference Department, Leddy Library, University of Windsor, ON, Canada, maintains this blog, which started September 15, 2000 as “an experiment in a local current awareness service….Since then it has evolved as a means to connect the Leddy Library to the lives of its users.”

Smart, Laura J. “RFID in Libraries.”
Smart, Electronic Resources Cataloger, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona: “Tracking technology applications and patron privacy implications of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID).”

Sondermann, T.J. “On Google Scholar.”
Sondermann, Research and Instruction Librarian, Wheaton College, Norton, MA, has created a blog about Schoogle, the “affectionate” name coined for Google’s new enterprise: “wherein a librarian tracks a paradigm shift. Love it or hate it, the effect will be profound.”

University of Minnesota. “Uthink: Blogs at the University Libraries.” University of Minnesota’s University Libraries provide blogs for faculty, staff, and students of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, “intended to support teaching and learning, scholarly communication, and individual expression for the U of M community.” Exceptional example of blogs in academic libraries empowering faculty and students to publish their research and ideas and work collaboratively.

University of Saskatchewan. “Health News.”
Up-to-date health news from the Health Sciences Library, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

The University of Tennessee Libraries. “Alpha Channel: The Studio @ Hodges Library.” This is one of four “news channels” from The University of Tennessee Libraries. Maintained by Troy Davis, Michelle Brannen, and Matt Denton of the Media Center and Studio, “in addition to serving as an electronic newsletter for library multimedia services, Alpha Channel will also provide information of value and commentary relating to the multimedia universe, digital culture and research, library collections, and media arts.”

___. “SciTech News @ the UTS Libraries.” Maintained by the Library's SciTech librarians (Donna Braquet, Ron Gilmour, Jeaninne Williamson, Lana Dixon, Teresa Berry, Ann Viera, Sandra Leach, and Kay Johnson) “to provide information about scientific resources and science related library news to the science departments at UT.” Additional channels are Electronic Resources Channel, maintained by Gayle Baker, “to provide our users with up-to-date news and information about databases, electronic journals and other electronic resources at the UT Libraries” and Scholarly Communication @ UT Libraries, maintained by Donna Braquet, to provide “news, commentary, and links about scholarly communications issues in the academy. As suggested by the University of Tennessee Library Representatives, the channel will also publicize actions that UT faculty are taking to promote maximum access to scholarly resources produced by and for the academic community.”
Library RSS Feeds:

  • University Libraries: News
  • Alpha Channel: The Studio
  • Electronic Resources News
  • Scholarly Communication Issues
  • Sci-Tech News
  • Summary of all Library News

of Toronto
. “Inforumed - The FIS Inforum Blog.”
The Integrated Library and Information Studies Laboratory Blog at the Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto, ON, Canada.

Vogel, Teri M.
SD Librarian - Webfeeds, Blogs & More.”
Chemistry Librarian, UCSD, provides News and commentary about tools and articles for library and information professionals, including--but not limited to--blogs and webfeeds (RSS).”

Webber, Sheila and Stuart Boon. “Information Literacy Weblog.”
“The focus of our Information Literacy Weblog is to facilitate the dissemination and sharing of relevant items and information relating to information literacy worldwide…the place to visit if you want to find out about what's going on in the world of information literacy, including upcoming events, recent publications, or new websites on the topic.” Sheila Webber is
Senior Lecturer, Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield, UK. Stuart Boon is a research associate in information literacy, Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield, UK.

Libraries. “Sawyer Library Web Team.”
An excellent example of an intranet blog, this is a collaborative blog used by the web team at Williams College Libraries.

Wilson, Thomas Daniel. “Information Research.”
Wilson, Professor Emeritus in Information Management, University of Sheffield, UK, is Publisher of Information Research, “an open access, refereed, electronic journal covering the information field generally, that is, information management, information science,information systems, records management, and librarianship…The aim of this Weblog is to enable readers of Information Research to exchange information on publications, Web sites, or whatever, that they've come across that may be of interest to others.”