Obviously I want you to read libr* stuff, since that's what this blog is. But we need to fight the insularity and get outside the echo chamber. This isn't the first time I've brought this up. Back in April, I wrote a post about the reading I do outside of library science, but that was all about books. This time I want to talk about some of the non-libr* blogs and websites I read for professional development purposes, so here they are:
- Harvard Business Review (blog network). I'll bet you're wondering how something with "business" in the title could provide professional development reading for an instruction/information literacy/outreach librarian like me, and I felt the same way a couple of years ago. Now, though, this is one of my favorite blogs. It's full of short articles that are useful to a broad range of people. Example: "If You're Too Busy to Meditate, Read This."
- 99u. This blog's name comes from the oft quoted Edison line about inspiration, and its tagline is: "Ideas on Making Ideas Happen." Who doesn't need that kind of help? In the library field, we're all about making ideas happen. Here's a recent gem: "Grin and Bear It: How to Tackle Your Tougher Tasks."
- Wired. Whether we like it or not, libraries are in the technology business, and Wired Magazine and it's associated website are a great source of this kind of information. This recent piece about Big Data is pretty interesting.
What about you? What kinds of non-library oriented blogs do you read?