I don't have a blogroll in the margins of this blog. That reflects my beliefs about why people visit blogs: they come to read posts, not to click links in sidebars. That said, there's tons of cool stuff out there that I want you, the reader, to know about. So here's a brief roundup of my favorite blogs at the moment.
- ACRL Tech Connect: this blog has been killing it ever since it appeared in the middle of 2011. It's one of those rare blogs where every post is interesting, filled with usable ideas, & yet not too sophisticated for neophytes. Particular favorites of mine are Real World Semantic Web?: Facebook’s Open Graph Protocol, Glimpses into user behavior, & Workflow Automation in Technical Services Part 1.
- Walking Paper: Aaron Schmidt's blog covers design & usability in libraries. The posts are usually short & sweet, often with accompanying images, but always poignant. A must read for anyone who is interested in creating a positive user experience in their library.
- Confessions of a Community College Dean: "Dean Dad" on Inside Higher Ed is excellent because he brings an administrator's perspective to the toughest topics in education today. He has particular insight into the economics of education & the focus on community colleges is a special plus for me.
- Matthew Reidsma Talks: Besides giving the single best presentation at a library conference this year, Reidsma's blog is full of useful tips & reusable code samples. If you're a coder, you can learn how to automate logs for fun & tenure review, but anyone in libraries can learn from his two-part piece on usability testing in libraries. READ IT NOW! Seriously, I'm forcing people at my institution to read these.
- Visual Idiot: this last one's a fun one. Visual Idiot is a blog of web design parodies where each post has its own distinct style. Check out the HTML5 Version of Photoshop or Every Mobile Social App Site, Ever to get the gist. The designer is clearly quite talented & that that talent is spent so whimsically is just excellent.