Top 10 Blogs for MLIS Students to Add to RSS Feeds

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Published: Friday, August 5, 2016 by Kate M. Spaulding

When I first started the iSchool MLIS program, I was kind of overwhelmed by the sheer amount of new information coming at me – and not just in my classes. I’m a career transition student, so I didn’t start with years of (or any) library experience. This meant that my learning curve was quite steep. The LIS profession has its own acronyms, people of note, corners of the internet, and values that my new-student-self wanted to take in. One step was aligning my social media diet to my new career/life plans and goals.

Another (relatively easy) step I took was setting up an RSS feed. I’d followed various blogs for years, but I had always just visited each site as part of my internet reading routine. I’d go to each my favorites, see if there was anything new, read (or save for later), and move on to the next one. I was super resistant to RSS and I have no idea why. But I set up my free Feedly account, and since then, I’ve not once regretted it, and there’s no way I’m giving it up. It saves me so, so, so much time, and these days I’ll take all the time-saving tricks I can.

Now, without further ado, here are the top 10 blogs I recommend you add to your RSS feed. What others would you suggest?

  1. Tame the Web http://tametheweb.com/
    TTW is Dr. Michael Stephens’ home on the web. You should be familiar with him for a couple of reasons. One, he’s a professor here; he teaches INFO 200 and 287: The Hyperlinked Library regularly. Two, he’s just released a book, and he writes and presents all over the library world.
  2. David Lee King http://www.davidleeking.com/
    David Lee King is another big name in the library world. He posts regularly on his own site about libraries+technology/social media. He also writes and presents in a lot of interesting places.
  3. Hack Library School https://hacklibraryschool.com/
    HLS is written by library school students (or recent grads) for library school students, so their content is generally pretty relevant. The topics are wide-ranging, so it’s a nice, broad look at being a student in the LIS world.
  4. iStudent Blog http://ischool.sjsu.edu/istudent-blog
    The iStudent Blog is run by the iSchool, but written by a current student, Allison Randall Gatt. Allison has been posting for about two years now, and she writes about everything from tips for new students to where to get bumper stickers to how Dr. Sandra Hirsh spends her days.
  5. iSchool Curriculum Center http://ischoolapps.sjsu.edu/blogs/icc/
    I admit, the title is not scintillating, and, if I’m being really honest, the content isn’t either. BUT. Dr. Main provides timely, hyper-useful information about class schedules, registration information, and everything related. She also (fairly quickly) answers questions in the comments, so it’s a good resource for iSchool students to keep an eye on.
  6. iSchool Career Blog http://ischool.sjsu.edu/career-blog
    While we’re on an iSchool run here, let me oh-so-coolly slip in this humble space. I’m Kate, an iSchool student, and I write here most of the time. Jill Klees also puts in her two cents. We’ve been on a light posting schedule this summer, but we are ramping up for the school year and definitely want to be sure to post about things you want to read about. So, please, send us your requests! In the upcoming months, I’ll share some more about social media and stuff on the web, professional organizations, and student groups. Basically, I want to help you network, build your career, and find jobs you love.
  7. Entrepreneur: Networking https://www.entrepreneur.com/topic/networking
    So when it comes to networking, do you, like so many students, think of it as a dirty word? It’s not, not really, and Entrepreneur’s networking articles make it feel much more approachable. Obviously, the information isn’t LIS-specific, but the topics covered are applicable to most career paths.
  8. Librarian in Black http://librarianinblack.net
    Sarah Houghton is a public library director in California, and she writes about technology, libraries, web+digital services and where and how they all intersect. She only posts about once a month, so you won’t be overwhelmed, but you will learn.
  9. Library Journal http://lj.libraryjournal.com/
    LJ is one of THE publications for the library community, and its web content is robust and wide-ranging. Per the website, Built on more than a century of quality journalism and reviews, LJ provides groundbreaking features and analytical news reports covering technology, management, policy and other professional concerns to public, academic and institutional libraries. Its contributors also write a lot of reviews.
  10. The Adventures of Library Girl http://www.librarygirl.net/
    Another relatively light poster, Library Girl (AKA Jennifer LaGuard) is a school librarian, teacher, and advocate. She writes thought-provoking posts around those themes and also cohosts a Twitter book club.
  11. Bonus!
    A Librarian By Any Other Name
    https://librarianhats.net/
    Sally Gore writes “musings and stories and thoughts and ideas related to libraries, information and knowledge management, health sciences, and now, evaluation and translational science.” Sally’s archives are wide-ranging and her posts are always though-provoking. I’ve even referred to one before.
    As a bonus on the bonus, we get to hear her speak this fall during a Career Webcast! Keep an eye on your inbox for more information.

When I was in INFO 200, I set up a category with all of my classmates’ blogs because much of the course discussion centered around their content. And you may remember in INFO 203 that your section’s brand-new iSchool blogs were all aggregated on your course homepage. So you probably already know how valuable it is to monitor others’ ideas and not just those focused on the profession. My Feedly has several categories totally unrelated to libraries (hello, yummy recipe blogs). But by integrating LIS reading into my regular routine, I started to soak up some of the information that’s out there. I know I’ll never be done, but at least something is managing the flow for me!

What’s in your RSS feed? What are your favorite sources for school or LIS news? Tell us in the comments!

Comments

This is a great list of sites and I highly recommend them to all MLIS students. Although it's not updating anymore, I would recommend https://hiringlibrarians.com/, as it shows what hiring information professionals are seeking in applicants.
I appreciate the comment, Lisa! You're right - HiringLibrarians has a ton of useful information. Thanks!
This is a great list for some of who have been out of LIS school for a while! Thank you!
Glad it's helpful! Thanks, Deirdre!

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