Resources for Librarians
This name of this page is somewhat of a misnomer, because every e-publication found within this site is potentially, a resource for a library. However, the singular focus of this this page is sources of information about librarianship - even though librarians are in need of more current awareness from beyond the profession. But there are some free and subscription e-publications that deserve a mention on this website. However, there are many more e-publications in the field of library and information science that may be of interest to you. If you'd like to explore that further, see the "other suggestions" section of this page.
LJ Academic Newswire
American Libraries/Library Journal (monitoring library journal home pages)
CLIR Issues (Council on Library and Information Resources)
Innovative Internet Applications in Libraries
Cites & Insights: Crawford at Large (see "computing" page)
UI Current Clips
Library Link of the Day
Library Technology Guides
Crossroads: Newsletter of Webjunction.org
MarketingProfs.Com (not library specific - just a good source for marketing ideas)
Google Librarian Newsletter
Recommended Blogs (for "keeping up" - plus links to extensive librarian blogs directories)
Published by the folks at Library Journal, this is an e-newsletter alert service. There is a free sign-up. I would recommend this to any librarian that wants to keep up with fast-breaking events in the library and information science world.
LISNews (Library and Information Science News)
A homegrown e-zine by two librarians, that really has a broader audience than academic librarians, but any librarian should find it well worth regular reading. The editors and contributors provide summaries of and links to stories about libraries, librarians and library-related issues from all over the place. It really is quite amazing how much news they find about libraries. It is free and is delivered to your e-mail once or sometimes more than once a week. It depends on how much news there is.
Suggested strategy: to subscribe go to the LISNews website at: http://www.lisnews.com. Click on "headlines by email" and then enter your e-mail address. You can check out the archive of past stories at the web site as well.
Yes, these are two distinct library journals, but probably the two most important ones for keeping up with library happenings. You probably subscribe to them, but if not - or if you want the news before it's published, you can follow the web pages for each of these publications. Use a Web page change detection service to monitor the pages for changes, and you'll be alerted by e-mail when a change occurs. One caution is that these pages are updated frequently, so unless you plan to visit them often, you may want to avoid this technique for keeping up. You can use this same strategy to monitor the home page of various library and information science-related journals. This could include titles such Online, Searcher, Computers in Libraries, and others.
Suggested strategy: Take at look at the web sites for both American Libaries and Library Journal to see if they appeal to you, and to determine if you need just one or both (maybe neither). Point your browser to:
American Libraries: http://www.ala.org/ala/alonline
Library Journal: http://www.libraryjournal.com
This is not for everyone. It's not a regular news update item, but falls more into the category of online e-journal. There are probably other examples, but I thought this was one worthwhile example of what's out there for librarians. D-Lib Magazine covers innovation and research in digital libraries, so there are usually good articles about cutting-edge technology and how it's being applied in libraries. There are also news items and reminders about conferences taking place. It is published 11 times a year and is free.
Suggested strategy: You can look at back issues at http://www.dlib.org/back.html and if you like what you see you can find subscription information on the page found at http://www.dlib.org/dlib/subscribe.html
This site is also pretty well known among librarians. Maintained by the Digital Library SunSITE at Berkeley, Current Cites, is an annotated bibliography of selected articles, books, and digital documents on information technology. Each month a list of 10-20 new, annotated citations is circulated to a mailing list. Not quite a newsletter, this mailing is simply a listing of new resources. The sources covered are quite diverse, so this is an excellent resource for keeping up with information technology from a number of sectors.
Suggested strategy: Go to the Current Cites home page at http://lists.webjunction.org/currentcites. There you will see a link to "mailing list." Click on that and complete the form to join the list.
Published every other month, the newsletter from the Council on Library and Information Resources contains stories on CLIR activities and reports. This provides an additional avenue to keep up with digital library and library preservation issues. Research and workshop opportunities for librarians interested in these areas are also featured new items.
Suggested strategy: Currently CLIR has no e-mail update. In order to be alerted whenever a new issue is available, use a Web page change detection service to receive an e-mail alert whenever the page changes. You can examine the CLIR Issues web page at: http://www.clir.org/pubs/issues/issues.html
This site is a listing of links to library web sites, of all types, that are considered (by the page developer) to offer innovative applications. The page is worth reviewing as there are many good resources listed. However, you may prefer to simply bookmark this site. For keeping up, you'll need to use a Web page change detection service to monitor the page. This will let you know when the page has been updated. One thing that is helpful, the page developer adds a "new" button to anything just added, so finding the new links will be easy.
Suggested strategy: Take a look at this site and determine how you want to proceed. The location is: http://www.wiltonlibrary.org/innovate.html.
A free weekly e-mail newsletter from Information Today Inc. that features news and resources for the information industry. Subscribe to this newsletter if you want to stay abreast of industry change and developments, such as which information producer is releasing or upgrading a product, stories on acquisitions, mergers and partnerships, and other items on new information services.
Suggested strategy: Point your browser to http://www.infotoday.com/newslink/default.htm to sign up to become a subscriber.
This free monthly newsletter is a joint project of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science and the Library and Information Science Library, at the University of llinois, Urbana-Champaign. It offers thoughtful, easy-to-read summaries of the key recent publications in the field, for practicing librarians, information professionals and academics. Each issue focuses on a topic of current concern to the Library and Information community. Recent issues have covered topics such as web searching, professional development, marketing, and recruiting. Unlike many of the sources on this page, Current Clips isn't a source of professional news and developments. But each issue does includes resources for "keeping current" on whatever issue is being covered, so ultimately it can help any librarian's keeping up strategy.
Suggested strategy: You can either use a Web Page Change Detection service to monitor the Current Clips Home Page for the addition of new issues or you can send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting to be added to the mailing list for notices of new issues. You can examine recent issues at: http://www.lis.uiuc.edu/clips/
This is a monthly e-mail newsletter from ALA Allied Professional Association. It claims to provide "HR E-news for Today's Leaders," but it seems like a good source for keeping up with trends and developments in the human resources and management arena. It provides abstracts from a variety of publications, articles, and news sources related to human resource management. Unfortunately, it is no longer free. However, if you supervise professional or support staff it may be worthwhile. It is still free to any institutional ALA member, but individual members must pay $35 annually.
Suggested Strategy: You can get more information about this newsletter at http://www.ala-apa.org/ and the subscription information is found at
This is a free daily e-mail message that includes a link to a single item of interest to the library profession. It could be be a newspaper article, a journal article, a source of data, or any other sort of web site. The links are presented without commentary. The service is run by John Hubbard, a librarian at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Suggested Strategy: Sign-up at the web site to receive the daily link e-mail message. If you use a news aggregator, there is also an RSS version of the daily link. For more information, to subscribe or to see archives, go to http://www.tk421.net/librarylink .
Subtitled "key resources and content related to library automation" this website aims to provide comprehensive and objective information related to the field of library automation. In addition to several useful resources and directories (e.g. lib-web-cats), interested parties can register to receive a monthly update listing new additions to the site and a listing of current news items. This source presents a way to keep up with the constant change among automation vendors and their systems.
Suggested strategy: Point your browser to http://www.librarytechnology.org and in the left frame on this home page you will find a link to the page that will allow you to register for the monthly update e-mail message.
WebJunction is a project spearheaded by OCLC, but in partnership with a variety of library organizations. It is an online community of libraries (though geared more to the publics) for sharing knowledge and experience. The newsletter covers the expected issues of the day, be it CIPA, censorship, computer security, or other technology issues. This monthly publication offer short, readable stories with many links to additional resources. It features a library of the month, and notices about upcoming conferences and professional development opportunities.
Suggested strategy: Point your browser to http://webjunction.org and you'll find a link for entering a subscription. This page also leads to the Crossroads archive.
This free weekly e-mail newsletter is a great source of ideas and information for any librarian whose job involves marketing services and resources. Granted, the stories are geared to corporate types, but some of the information can be applied to the library environment, especially the stories about what works and what doesn't when marketing or designing web sites. Since librarians - or some of them - are interested in improving their marketing know how, here is a source that can help. Note that sometimes the full-text of the story is unavailable, except to registered users. If you are looking for a publication that is more specific to marketing for libraries I recommend the Information Today Inc. publication, Marketing Library Services (MLS). There is no e-mail update when new issues are published, but if you use a Web Page Change Detection service, new issues are easy to monitor - and they usually have the full-text of several articles available for free. The URL of MLS is http://www.infotoday.com/mls/mls.htm
Suggested strategy: To subscribe to this newsletter point your browser to: http://www.marketingprofs.com There is a newsletter sign-up box on the home page.
There's no dearth of blogs written by librarians. I've even got one. But many of them will not support a "keeping up" regimen - though mine does - if you want to keep up with higher education news. A few do a good job. It depends on what your particular interests are. Most Web page change detection services will follow blogs nicely as will any of the Web-based aggregators (Bloglet, Bloglines, MyFeedster to name a few). Here are a few selected blogs, but if you want to locate more - and there are plenty of them - I provide links to several more extensive directories of librarian blogs:
Peter Scott's Library Blog
Beyond The Job
The ResourceShelf (Gary Price)
Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog
Walt At Random (Walt Crawford)
Library Weblogs (extensive directory listing of library blogs)
BlogWithoutALibrary.net (has a listing of libraries with blogs)
BlobBib: Select Librarian/Library Blogs (another good listing of librarian blogs)
DMOZ Listing of Librarian Blogs (another long list of librarian blogs)
Academic Library Blog Portal(a listing of academic librarian blogs)
Neat New Stuff - Marylaine Block's listing of cool new websites
Informed Librarian Online- Keep up with print and online library publications
E-LIS- Site for e-prints of library and information science papers
ERIL- Resource site for electronic resources for libraries