Friday, December 15, 2006

Techie blogs I "read"

Although I couldn't write code or install a server if my life depended on it, I do like to read blogs by librarians who can. Although a lot of what gets posted on these blogs goes right over my head, there is a residue of learning that takes place too. I aspire some day to better appreciate the content of these blogs below. (Please forgive my overly brief annotations for each blog, as I can't really do justice to what these folks cover in just a sentence of two.)

Blake's Journal
Blake Carver is an all-around great guy who happens to run LISNews and LISHost, the hosting service for this blog and many other library-themed blogs and sites. In his journal, he frequently discusses the challenges of running a hosting service.

Caveat Lector
Dorothea Salo's got a lot to say about open access, institutional repositories, and much more, and she's not afraid to put it in print.

Dilettante's Ball
Ross Singer from Georgia Tech helped create that library's umlaut project that (as much as I can understand it) improves on the functionality and user interface of SFX.

Disruptive Library Techology Jester
Peter Murray's blog talks, among other things extensively about SOA (service oriented architecture), which is still pretty fuzzy to me.

Ryan Eby writes often on issues related to the OPAC and to APIs.

Library Web Chic
Karen Coombs at the University of Houston focuses on web design issues primarily.

One Big Library
Dan Chudnov's blog also features a great series of podcasts that even a non-library-geek geek like me can enjoy and learn form.

OUseful Info
Tony Hirst from Open University authors this blog that mostly "aspirational" for a non-techie like me.

This blog does a better job of explaining itself than I can:
You're busy. You don't have time for a lot of jargon, techie posturing, or attitudes. You've come to the right place. We don't put you down, we don't talk down to you, we just give it to you straight. Come here for accurate, understandable explanations of important information technologies for libraries. Go elsewhere for the hype.



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