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This meme started with Rachel Singer Gordon, but Helene Blowers was the one who tagged me, so here I am with my non-biblioblogs that I enjoy reading right now.
There’s a theme here: all of these’re concerned with online community building and/or social networking. Enjoy.

Smart Mobs – mobile, wireless, and pervasive computing for collective action. Giddy up.

Many 2 Many – a group blog on social software, including danah boyd and Clay Shirky. Crushable. Brain Candy. Yum.

Online Community Report – from my good friends at Forum One. Check out their online community jobs feed from del.icio.us. Who knew there were so many cool jobs out there (beyond LibraryLand)?

Full Circle – Seattle-based online interaction consultant Nancy White keeps me in the know on new social tools, as well as thoughtful commentary on their purpose, especially for non-profits. It’s also fun to stay connected to the local geek crowd, since most of my work is focused on the national scale. On these points I also read Social Signal (Vancouver) and Common Craft (Seattle).

A Whole Lotta Nothing – from Matt Haughey, the guy who started MetaFilter. Wikipedia says that he’s a “leader in online communities,” but I read his stuff because he’s super smart and I learn a lot from him. (One time he pointed to one of my posts and I was so very proud of myself!)
I agree with Rachel that we can all fall prey to the inbred, repetitive, patting of each other on the backs. It has been fun seeing what some of us are reading outside of our own worlds! So, thanks to Rachel for starting this one. Now, who shall I tag? I think I’ll go with my WJ/OCLC colleagues. (Apparently, we’re the poster-children for inbred, repetitive, patting of each others backs anyway, so why not?!) To my friends at Libraryman, The Pacific, BlogJunction, It’s All Good, and Mr. Lorcan Dempsey – you’re (all) ‘it’. Have fun.

Estonia

In the morning I’m headed out for a ten day trip to Estonia where my sister is studying jewelry design on her Fulbright scholarship. Yes, she is fancy! I am hoping to visit libraries during my time there, and will spend some time simply relaxing – and reading things I don’t seem to have the mental space for at home. For this project, I hope to finish How Libraries and Librarians Help, and also the pertinent sections of Slam Dunks and No-Brainers (which has a whole chapter on “community centered” language!). Because my flights are something like 24 hours (taken all together), maybe I’ll also pick up some trashy paperback in one of the many airports I’ll be touring on my way there.

Steven posted yesterday about the sirsi-dynix latest publication of Upstream. It’s all good stuff – and it’s great to hear from a number of library leaders on the subject of libraries building community. Cathy Wilt from PALINET talks about Joe Lucia at Falvey Memorial Library in her response to Steven’s question. “The social dimension of the library,” says Joe, “is almost as important as its physical and digital collections.” This belief has transformed their library programs, Web presence, and physical spaces – most likely engaging their community even further in the library’s collection. The key message here: collections are not our greatest asset if we can’t get people connected to them. Thanks to Cathy for pointing us to this great example of community building for academic libraries!

See you all in a coupla weeks!

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