by Kiersten Bryant, Head Editor, INALJ California
5 Fun and Interesting Blogs to Follow
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 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!
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.
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 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.