5 Fun and Interesting Blogs to Follow

by Kiersten Bryant, Head Editor, INALJ California

5 Fun and Interesting Blogs to Follow

Kiersten_BryantNeed to lighten up your blog reading? Here are five blogs to check out when you need a break from the job hunt, or temporary relief from work doldrums.

Reel Librarians

Reel Librarians was created by academic librarian Jennifer Snoek-Brown who channels her passion for movies and her interest in the portrayal of librarians in the media into a blog that discusses and analyzes how films represent librarians. Snoek-Brown hunts down librarians in movies from all periods of film history: obscure and mainstream (a recent post talks about the librarian character in the new movie Monster’s University), and examines the significance (or insignificance) of the character to the plot. Reel Librarian is an intelligently written, comprehensive look at film portrayals of librarians.


Library Shenanigans

Library Shenanigans was started by a librarian as a way track “streaking, singing, and other funny stuff people have done in and about libraries.” Most of the short and entertaining posts feature “library shenanigans” submitted by readers. The Library Shenanigans blog is a good place to visit when you need a quick laugh to brighten up your day!


Librarian Wardrobe

The Librarian Wardrobe blog features photographs of real librarians and information professionals in their work clothes with captions that list what type of librarian they are and their geographical location. While it’s fun to look at the pictures of librarian fashion, the blog is also a valuable resource for someone that might have an interview at one of these institutions and wants to know how the employees dress. Librarian Wardrobe also includes photos from various conferences, providing useful insight on what attendees wear to these events.


Book Patrol

Most librarians and information professionals are book lovers. Book Patrol promotes book culture by showcasing interesting book related things for us to enjoy. Book Patrol celebrates the book with posts about book art, book news, books in pop culture, books in advertising, and more.


Atlas Obscura

Atlas Obscura is a gem for history buffs and other curious folks. The purpose of Atlas Obscura is to help people discover new places and points of interest that are hidden or are easily overlooked, including natural wonders and man-made attractions. The blog lists events and field trips that chapters of the Obscura Society in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles organize to encourage discovery of local places and people of obscure note.

Naomi House

Naomi House, MLIS, is the founder and publisher of the popular LIS jobs resource INALJ.com (formerly I Need a Library Job). Founded in October 2010 with the assistance of her fellow Rutgers classmate, Elizabeth Leonard, INALJ’s social media presence has grown to include Facebook (retired in 2016), Twitter and a LinkedIn group, in addition to the interviews, articles and jobs found on INALJ.com. INALJ has had over 20 Million page views and helped thousands of librarians and LIS folk find employment! Through grassroots marketing, word of mouth and a real focus on exploring unconventional resources for job leads, INALJ grew from a subscription base of 20 friends to a website with over 500,000 visits in a month. Naomi believes that well-sourced quantity is quality in this narrow job market and INALJ reflects this many new jobs published daily. She was a 2013 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and has served on the University of Maryland iSchool Board from 2014-2017. Naomi was a Reference, Marketing and Acquisitions Librarian for a contractor at a federal library outside Washington, DC, and now lives part time in Western NY and Budapest, Hungary. She has heard of spare time but hasn’t encountered it lately. She pronounces INALJ as eye-na-elle-jay. 


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