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Professional Development Resources for Librarians: Library Tech Blogs

Library Sparks

Created by Winnefox Library System in Wisconsin, Library Sparks, shares ideas from around the system and around the country, on programming, fundraising, grants, free stuff, and more.

Post categories include:

  • Advocacy
  • Circulation
  • Collaboration
  • Marketing
  • Programming

Examples of posts:

  • Getting Ready for Teen Tech Week.
  • Free Graphics for Displays and Posters
  • Celebrate National Gaming Day

The Ides

Staff at the Winnefox Library System previously maintained the blog, The Ides.  Sadly the last post was added in December 2015. The blog is being included in this guide because it still contains a lot of great information.

Examples of posts:

  • Facebook Groups for Librarians -- Connect with Peers Online
  • 25 YouTube Tips
  • How to Print Extra Large Posters on Your Regular Printer 

Musings about Librarianship

Musings about Librarianship is a blog by Aaron Tay, a librarian who works in Singapore and has a background in academic librarianship.

Examples of posts include:

  • 5 Services to Help Researchers Find Free Full Text Instantly & a Quick Assessment of Effectiveness
  • Using OpenRefine & Reconciliation Services - Learning the Ropes
  • A Quick Comparison of Online Infographics Makers - Infogram, Pikochart and Venngage

Swiss Army Librarian

Swiss Army Librarian is a blog by Brian Herzog, a reference librarian at a public library in Massachusetts 

Examples of posts include:

  • This One Weird Trick Will Increase Library Program Attendance!
  • Whose (First) Line Is It Book Display
  • Resources for Book Suggestions

TechBits

Created by the staff at South Central Library System made up of public libraries throughout Wisconsin, TechBits includes "bits of technology for your library."

Examples of posts include:

  • Low-tech Maker Fun
  • Test Your Cybersecurity Knowledge
  • Cleaning up Your Patron Database: Address Verification Tools