Exercise 2: Professional Development Blogs

23 Sep

Each of the required subscription blogs had very different content focuses and directions.  Librarian by Day and the Distant Librarian had a considerable degree of personal reflection and feelings included.  All of the blogs use their personal lives and thoughts as a segue into librarian-related topics, with some going off on little “tangents” along the way.

As far as enjoyment goes, In the Library with the Lead Pipe made me smile repeatedly.  The humor was very relatable and utilized in an effective manner to convey the intended point of the article from the librarian.

Required Blogs Discussion

When going through the required blogs, I noticed David Lee King’s post about Starbucks “free” cards.  His innovative thinking is really engaging.  It seems in every post, he has come up with a new and different way of thinking about libraries or services that can be added to a current library.  In fact, the first three posts you see when visiting his blog all include some creative approach to an existing corner of librarianship (or the Internet, for that matter).

In addition to the Starbucks post referenced above, his September 6 post discusses blogging and the language we use when blogging.  King recommends “writing like you talk”, which is something I hadn’t considered when writing my posts, but is an excellent point.  Who wants to visit a blog that reads like a term paper?

These are the kinds of blogs we should be following, and those I find most appealing — blogs with enterprising visions for the advancement of our respective professions.  Another appetizing aspect of King’s blog was the concise nature of most of his posts.  If his posts are lengthy, they are broken up into short, succinct paragraphs, with enthusiastic “lead-ins”.

Personal Choice Blog Subscriptions

For a long while, I was a reader of The Lipstick Librarian.  Unfortunately, last year she gave up blogging, but is a frequent Facebooker.  I feel like I should include her because she is representative of a lot of my feelings about my generation and of the frustrations of Portland.  Even though she’s not actively blogging anymore, she is still writing.

  1. John Dupuis’s Confessions of a Science Librarian
    Dupuis’s enthusiastic posts about all-things-science are fun and interesting. He allows himself to “nerd-out” quite regularly, and as a person who spends a great deal of time with the stereotypical “nerd”, I enjoyed his writing.
  2. Michelle Kraft’s The Krafty Librarian
    Kraft is a medical librarian, but writes about technology-related librarianship.  As a student who plans to stick very heavily to the technology side of the aisle of librarian-specialities, I find her writing relevant and interesting.  Her recent post discussing the iPhone 5 was excellent.
  3. J. Vance’s A Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette
    Lastly is possibly my favorite of this list.  Though the blog hasn’t been updated since August, the blog has featured posts on its Facebook from the past quite regularly, so newcomers can easily see the last seven years worth of fun, one random post at a time.


I know I raved about King’s blog above, but I found his posts to be the most engaging, the one blog that really drew the attention of this scatterbrained, easily distracted student to his writing.

Incidentally, I also found it a bit difficult to find blogs that were attention-grabbing.  I wonder if this is symptomatic of the relevancy of library blogging, as brought up in this week’s blogpost prompt

One Response to “Exercise 2: Professional Development Blogs”


  1. Week 4: Do you think blogs have become old hat or old social technology for libraries or do you think they are still effective? Why? « The Internet-Sojourning Future-Librarian - 24 September 2012

    […] keep things succinct and well-organized (unlike this blog post from myself).  As mentioned in my exercise 2 post, David Lee King’s blog does an excellent job of setting an example of what blogs should be, […]

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