How Do You Keep "Up To Date"?
With so much information appearing daily, weekly and monthly, I am curious as to how each of you "keeps up to date" and "filters" the information you need to run your libraries effectively. I am interested to learn what web sites, journals (print and/or electronic; scholarly and/or "newsy"), blogs, discussion lists, etc., you find most useful, and to which of these you regularly turn to for information. (Naturally, I am assuming that the PAM list is one such resource!) Specifically, I want to learn what resources you turn to for:Michael received a number of replies, and with his permission, we are posting his e-mail with the results, which are quite interesting, and while specific to PAMNET members, most likely apply in principle to most of us suffering from massive information overload in these times:
1) keeping up to date for librarian/practitioner info, especially trends in the profession, new services, and emerging technology;
2) keeping up with the current scientific research that your library supports.
Below is a summary of the replies I received to my posting on "Keeping up to date" with our fields. I thank the many of you who provided lists and comments, which I condensed below.
A few notes:
1) It appears that use of blogs are on the increase, especially those blogs with aggregate information from a number of resources.
2) Many complained about the signal-to-noise ratio on many lists, and about email spam in general.
3) Finally, many noted the need to read more, but time constraints and the ever increasing volume of materials make this difficult. It is clear we will need better tools and resources in the future to deal with these issues.
Perhaps PAM should examine and then consider the possibility of creating an information aggregator for the Division membership. RSS feeds and blogs are certainly two IT mediums to consider for such a project, after a user needs study is conducted. Although, perhaps, blogs like STLQ already fulfill this niche for members.
The summary is broken down into two sections: I) LIS Resources, and II) PAM-SciTech Resources. Within each section, resources are grouped by medium type. Items with an asterisk (*) indicate a resource recommended by numerous folks. If you did not respond originally, but would like to send your suggestions along to me now, please do so. Thanks.
Physics Research Library, Harvard University
I) LIS Resources
Confessions of a Science Librarian * (http://jdupuis.blogspot.com/)
EngLib * (http://www.englib.info/)
Information Literacy weblog (http://ciquest.shef.ac.uk/infolit/)
Internet Scout weblog * (http://scout.wisc.edu/Weblog/)
Lessig Blog (http://www.lessig.org/blog/)
Librarians' Index to the Internet (http://lii.org/)
LISNews * (http://www.lisnews.com/)
Open Access News * (http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/fosblog.html)
Peter Scott's Library Blog (http://blog.xrefer.com/)
ResearchBuzz * (http://www.researchbuzz.com/)
ResourceShelf * (http://www.resourceshelf.com/)
SEPW - Scholarly Electronic Publishing Weblog
Shifted Librarian (http://www.theshiftedlibrarian.com/)
STLQ - The SciTech Library Question * (http://stlq.info/)
TVC Alert - Research News (http://www.virtualchase.com/tvcalert/)
D-Lib Magazine * (http://www.dlib.org/)
High Energy Physics Libraries Webzine (http://library.cern.ch/HEPLW/)
Information Research: an international electronic journal
Internet Resources Newsletter * (http://www.hw.ac.uk/libWWW/irn/irn.html)
Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship * (http://www.istl.org/)
JoDI: Journal of Digital Information (http://jodi.ecs.soton.ac.uk/)
Journal of Academic Librarianship
Journal of the American Society for Information Science & Technology
Portal: Libraries and the Academy
Science & Technology Libraries
Scout Report (http://scout.wisc.edu/Reports/ScoutReport/Current/)
CLIS List (University of Maryland College of Library & Information Science
II) PAM-SciTech Resources
Annals of Improbable Research (http://www.improbable.com/)Lists:
Chemical & Engineering News
Communications of the ACM
Newspapers (a number of different ones, including New York Times)
Physical Review Focus (http://focus.aps.org/)
Physics Today *
Scientific American *
Technology Review (http://www.techreview.com/) (also has a blog service)
National Academies (US) What's New (http://www.nas.edu/mail.html)Other:
EEVL - Internet Guide to Engineering, Mathematics, and Computing
LTSN- Learning and Teaching Support Network (http://www.ltsn.ac.uk/) (See
various "Subject Centres" for specific resources)
PSIgate - Physical Sciences Information Gateway
Science Daily (http://www.sciencedaily.com/)
Topix.net (Science/Technology News)
Wired News Technology (http://www.wired.com/news/technology/)