In the last three week I have been jumping from webinar to short course and enjoying the wide range of conversations and information I find there. However, there has been one point mentioned in various places that I would like to explore here.
I have encountered many people who (without even realising they do half the time) still believe that scholarly literature or information found in books to be the most correct information they could find on any given topic. The thing is, not all information is peer reviewed or goes into print these days. How many of you follow blogs? How many of you have found a titbit of information on a blog, that has led you to discover something fabulous?
In OCLC’s WebJuction webinars everyone has a blog, in the Library Journal’s webinars participants get directed to various blogs for additional information, and in Open 2 Study short courses the blog is explored as a form of connection and information. It seems that blogs are getting a push into the limelight, and I wanted to add in my two cents on how this grey literature contains a wealth of knowledge that most people aren’t using.
- Blogs contain more than information, they contain people’s personal experience and insight.
- Blogs connect people through humour, shared interests and information.
- Blogs can be a formal or informal platform to generate awareness of advocacy issues.
- Blogs can be a fun way to keep up-to-date of opinions in the profession.
So with all the great ways blogs can be used why aren’t they given the same acclaim as a peer reviewed paper or textbook? Blogs are a way of connecting people to people and people to information, which is one of the major goals of the Library and Information industry! I greatly approve of what some webinars and short courses have done to raise people’s awareness of blogs as a resource and I hope they continue to do so.
On that note I will leave you all with a list of my personal favourite blogs which I find informative, insightful and a pleasure to read:
- The Other Librarian
- International Librarians Network
- In the Library with the Lead Pipe
- Recordkeeping Roundtable
- Hack Library School