Links provided by David Hughes from his session at New Professionals Day Ireland #npdi2013
@Libfocus Librarians in Ireland
@PhilBradley Various Librarian Lists – UK, US other
@libraryfuture 10+ Librarian Lists
125 librarians to follow on Twitter (no Irish librarians, sadly)
LAI – If still a student – check the student rate & the membership application form is in your #npdi2013 Welcome Pack. Please join the LAI and attend their section networking events, these are advertised on their website
Keep an eye on @LibraryEvents
Library Blogs and other sites
Library Blogs Ireland wiki (doesn’t look like it’s been updated in a while)
iLibrarian (News and resources on Library 2.0 and the information revolution).
Musings about Librarianship (Keeping track of interesting and cool ideas that might be used by libraries for benefit of users)
What I Learned Today (Library /Open Source blog)
The open source software that formed one of Saturday’s exercises:
Drupal Content management system for organising your website.
Koha Library management systems
MRBS Meeting room booking system
VuFind Discovery Service (bring together all your resources & collections in one place)
Zotero Reference management system – available as a stand-alone package or as an add-on for Firefox
While these form viable alternatives to commercial-off-the-shelf systems, they may require some assistance from your IT department to get started.
The accidental systems librarian / Nicole Engard & Rachel Singer Gordon Medford, N.J.: Information Today, Inc (2012)
Library mashups : exploring new ways to deliver library data. / ed. Nicole Engard London: Facet Publishing. (2009)
Crash course in web design for libraries / Charles P. Rubinstein Westport, Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, (2007)
Members of the A&SL section of the LAI can join their mailing list by sending an e-mail to
Members can post to the list by sending an e-mail to
Web4lib is a good list that deals with web systems in libraries. It’s a bit techie at times
MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) are a fairly recent and welcome web development. There’s an extensive list linked to from here which includes a section on engineering and computer science.
Code Academy is a great place to start dipping your toes into the ocean of computer programming. I heartily recommend this site.
Web 2.0 tools and applications
The five tools & applications mentioned in one of the exercises were:
delicious A social bookmarking site.
Flickr Photo curation
Google Calendar Time management application
Issu Online publishing service
Pinterest Object sharing: “pin” things to your pinboard