After the flurry of year-end lists, you probably thought you were safe for a few months, didn’t you? Not so, my friend. Blake over at LISNews.org has posted 10 Blogs to Read in 2006, along with descriptions of the blogs and his reasons for including them. Somehow this approach seems more positive than the typical year-end best-of list.
As 2005 fades away and 2006 starts up in earnest, people post year-end lists (or they post reasons why they don’t post year-end lists). The New York Times examines the trend (Jan. 5, 2006), focusing on music critics’ lists.
As I mentioned when I posted the DIY Librarian top 5 library blogs of 2005, I see lists as more of a conversation starter than anything. List-making is very popular in the DIY household; we must run out of things to say to each other.
It’s also a little competitive, though. You know you’ve won the match when you name your top whatever and the other person just says, “Oooooh, why didn’t I think of that?”
Now quick! Name your top 10 songs to catalog to!
- 25 Minutes To Go (Johnny Cash)
- F*!#in’ Up (Neil Young + Crazy Horse)
- Folsom Prison Blues (Johnny Cash)
- I Wanna Be Sedated (The Ramones)
- Loser (Beck)
- Too Much Monkey Business (Chuck Berry)
- Whiskey River (Willie Nelson)
- Do Anything You Wanna Do (Eddie and the Hot Rods)
- It Doesn’t Matter Anymore (Wanda Jackson)
- I Want To Be A Cowboy’s Sweetheart (Patsy Montana)
’Tis the season for lists, and I love lists. Not as ends unto themselves, but as beginnings for conversation and debate. I thought I’d start by listing the library blogs that have stood out in my reading this year. I have a small list of blogs in the sidebar, which I do weed and reseed occasionally, but it remains more a collection of the blogs that originally inspired me than a current reading list. I also have a public Bloglines blogroll so you can see what I’m reading in RSS, but the categories may not make sense to anyone but me. (For instance, “News” is health and science stuff that I read for work.) So, without further ado, here is the short list. It doesn’t include everything that I read and enjoy, or even everything that I think is important. It is quite simply the
DIY Librarian Top 5 Library Blogs of 2005
librarian.net. One of my original inspirations, both for blogging and as a librarian. Jessamyn continues to offer unique insight, to bring attention to important issues in libraryland, and to be very gracious and helpful to the up-and-coming (including me).
Library Dust. The biblioblogosphere is blessed with many eloquent writers, but I enjoy Michael McGrorty’s prose the most. I save the Library Dust entries in my aggregator because they are almost invariably worthy of savoring rather than scanning. This is one of the few library blogs that I recommend to people who aren’t librarians.
Information Wants To Be Free. I’ve only started reading this blog fairly recently, but it’s quickly become one of my must-reads. Meredith has a calm and rational, yet simultaneously exuberant, take on library and technology issues.
Librarian Trading Cards.This one has only been around for a couple of months, but I hope Amy keeps it up. Lots of fun and good for the profession too.
Open Stacks. I have not been reading Open Stacks as much since the focus has turned to podcasting—something I’m sure is very cool and worthwhile that I just haven’t made time for yet. However, I am completely in love with the Carnival of the Infosciences that Greg started back in August.
Honorable Mention: Conference Blog
SLA 2005 Conference Blog. For the first time, I wished I had more Internet access at a conference. Not so I could check in at work or post to my blog (sorry!), but so that I could check in on SLA 2005 for program changes, session reports, and local restaurant and recreational tips. This was also my first time participating in a group blog.
Honorable Mention: Non-Library Blog
The Comics Curmudgeon. Kind of like Mystery Science Theater for the funny pages. Instead of taking a smoke break, I read The Comics Curmudgeon.