Librarian Starter Kit

This is a collection of links related to librarianship I’ve slowly added to over my years in the field. Have a suggestion, addition, or correction? Email me at chad at chadcomello dot com. (All descriptions taken from their sources.)

Advocacy | Aggregates / Reviews | Blogs | Campaigns | Coding | Collections | DesignDIY | Events | GroupsHashtags | Jobs | Library / Information School | Marketing | NewslettersOrganizations (international) | Organizations (U.S.) | Organizations (state) | Podcasts | Publications | Readers Advisory | Training | Tumblrs | UX / Design | Youth


@ Your Library – the public website for ALA’s public awareness campaign, the Campaign for America’s Libraries, which promotes the value of libraries and librarians
The Awesome Foundation (Libraries Chapter) – a catalyst for prototyping both technical and non-technical library innovations that embody the principles of diversity, inclusivity, creativity, and risk-taking
Beyond Access – a movement of people and organizations committed to the idea that modern public libraries help drive economic and social development
District Dispatch – the official blog of ALA’s Washington office
EveryLibrary – the first and only national organization dedicated to building voter support for libraries
Geek The Library – a public awareness campaign aimed at spreading the word about the vital and growing role of your public library, and to raise awareness about the critical funding issues many U.S. public libraries face
ILoveLibraries – ALA’s website for the public, designed to keep America informed about what’s happening in today’s libraries
Library As Incubator Project – to promote and facilitate creative collaboration between libraries and artists of all types, and to advocate for libraries as incubators of the arts
Library Pipeline – opportunities, funding, and services for libraries and library professionals
Little Free Library – to promote literacy and the love of reading by building free book exchanges worldwide
Open Books – a nonprofit social venture that provides literacy experiences for thousands of readers each year through inspiring programs and creative capitalization of books
READ (Rural Education and Development) Global – partners with rural villages to establish community library and resource centers as vehicles for social and economic transformation

Aggregates / Reviews

A&L Daily – links to periodicals and book reviews
Book Marks – the book review aggregator from LitHub
The Complete Review – links to literary blogs, publishers, and periodicals
Map Librarians’ Index – resources related to Map Librarianship
The Researching Librarian – web resources helpful for librarians doing research


5 Minute Librarian
Abby the Librarian
(Abby Johnson)
ACRLog – blogging by and for academic and research librarians
Awful Library Books
BeerBrarian (Jacob Berg)
Book Riot
Confessions of a Science Librarian (John Dupuis)
David Lee King
Digital Koans
Hafobuti (Rebecca McCorkindale)
Krafty Librarian
(Michelle Kraft) – things of interest to a medical librarian
Letters to a Young Librarian (Jessica Olin) (Jessamyn West)
Library History Buff (Larry Nix)
Library Juice
The Lifeguard Librarian
(Kate Tkacik)
Lorcan Dempsey (OCLC)
Reading the Past (Sarah Johnson)
Swiss Army Librarian (Brian Herzog)
Tame the Web (Michael Stephens)
Teen Librarian’s Toolbox


Banned Books Week (Sept) – an annual event celebrating the freedom to read
Coffee House Press: In The Stacks – an initiative to place writers and readers in residencies at various area institutional and community libraries
Get Caught Reading (May) – a nationwide campaign to remind people of all ages how much fun it is to read
iREAD – a coordinated, self-supporting effort to develop and provide high-quality, low-cost resources and products to enable local library staff to promote reading
Outside the Lines (Sept) – a week-long celebration demonstrating the creativity and innovation happening in libraries
Read Across America – a year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources
Teen Read Week (October – sponsored by YALSA) – to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users
Things We Read – to promote reading and education by giving you access to books that matter, recommended by people that matter to you
We Need Diverse Books – a grassroots organization created to address the lack of diverse, non-majority narratives in children’s literature


code4lib – a volunteer-driven collective of hackers, designers, architects, curators, catalogers, artists and instigators from around the world, who largely work for and with libraries, archives and museums on technology ‘stuff’
Influx – employs user-centered design techniques to help you create solutions for your library
LibGuides – curate knowledge and share information by creating online guides on any topic, subject, course
LibUX – design and user experience for libraries
W3Schools – the world’s largest web development site


The Beguiling Library Services – comics and graphic novel retail
– an experimental space for linked DDC data
Digital Public Library of America – brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world
HathiTrust – a partnership of major research institutions and libraries working to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future
Internet Archive – permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format
JSTOR – a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources
LibriVox – free public domain audiobooks
Open Library – an open, editable library catalog, building towards a web page for every book ever published
TeleRead – news and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics
Project Gutenberg – provider of free electronic books
Public Domain Review – an online journal and not-for-profit project dedicated to promoting and celebrating the public domain in all its richness and variety
World Digital Library – makes available on the Internet, free of charge and in multilingual format, significant primary materials from all countries and cultures
WorldCat – the world’s largest network of library content and services


Design Thinking for Libraries – a toolkit for patron-centered design
Developing Clarity: Innovating in Library Systems – a report from the Knight Foundation on innovation in urban public libraries


Make It @ Your Library
– helping librarians realize makerspace projects in their communities


ALA Annual
Get it Loud in Libraries (UK)
Library 2.0 – the future of libraries in the digital age
The Library Collective – all about learning, networking, and kickstarting new ideas among next-generation librarians and library stakeholders.
Library Technology Conference – provides an opportunity for library professionals to come together to discuss the changing technologies that are affecting how users interact with libraries and to see how libraries are using technology to create new and better ways to manage their resources
National Book Festival (Library of Congress)



Adult Reading Round Table – developing Readers Advisory skills and promoting reading for pleasure through public libraries in the Chicago area
African American Literature Book Club (AALBC)
ArLiSNAP – an open forum for sharing ideas pertinent to art librarianship
Librarians Without Borders – a non-profit organization that strives to improve access to information resources regardless of language, geography, or religion, by forming partnerships with community organizations in developing regions
Programming Librarian – online resources for all things related to presenting cultural and community programs for all types and sizes of libraries
Recharge Committee (formerly RLACE) – providing continuing education for librarians in Chicagoland
Tinker Group – a networking group for library staff who work or want to work with children, teens, and technology
Visual Resources Emerging Professionals and Students (VREPS) – a supportive forum and resource for image management professionals with less than 10 years of experience


#TBR (to be read)


Library Job Postings
LibraryJobline (mostly Colorado)
RAILS (Illinois)

Library / Information School

Hack Library School – an invitation to participate in the redefinitions of library school using the web as a collaborative space outside of any specific university or organization
Library & Information Science Syllabi – a project dedicated to finding syllabus related to library and information science programs and linking to them from one site


Ad/Lib – a website created for the library community to share the output of their visual design efforts
Designing Libraries (UK) – a resource for library planning and design, a database of library buildings and a marketplace for services
Librarian Design Share – a community of creativity for librarians, people who work in libraries, and library students
The Library Marketing Toolkit – a whole website full of stuff to help you market your library
Super Library Marketing – all kinds of marketing ideas for all kinds of libraries


Recharge Committee
Today in Librarian Tabs (Jessamyn West)

Organizations (international)

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

Organizations (U.S.)

American Association of Law Librarians (AALL)
American Association of School Librarians (AASL)
American Library Association (ALA)
American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T)
American Theological Library Association (ATLA)
Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA)
Association of Christian Librarians (ACL)
Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)
Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE)
Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS)
Association for Library Services to Children (ALSC)
Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL)
Association of Specialized and Cooperative Library Agencies (ASCLA)
Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR)
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)
Jewish Book Council
Library Information Technology Association (LITA)
Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA)
Medical Library Association (MLA)
Music Library Association
Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG)
Public Library Association (PLA)
Reference & User Services Association (RUSA)
Special Libraries Association (SLA)
Substance Abuse Librarians & Information Specialists (SALIS)
United for Libraries (ALTAFF)
Urban Libraries Council
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

Organizations (state)

List of state libraries (via IMLS)

Chicago Books to Women in Prison
Illinois Library Association (ILA)
Illinois School Library Media Association (ISLMA)
Illinois Talking Book Outreach Center – free library service for anyone unable to read regular print because of low vision, blindness, or a physical disability
Library Administrators Conference of Northern Illinois (LACONI)
Read/Write Library (Chicago) – an all-inclusive collection of Chicago-specific media, produced by and for the community
Young Adult Services Forum (via ILA)


Banned Library – contains information about the worst books that have been challenged or banned from schools, libraries, or your own backyard.
Book Riot
 – a weekly news and talk show about what’s new, cool, and worth talking about in the world of books and reading
Bookrageous – a podcast about books and why they’re awesome
Books on the Nightstand – illuminating conversations about books and reading
Cardigan Rippers – two librarians who love romance
Circulating Ideas – the librarian interview podcast
Cyberpunk Librarian – bringing you the ultimate in talk about high tech and low budget
Dear Book Nerd – a bi-weekly advice show about life, love, and literature
Evil Librarians – a podcast focusing on everyday librarians and their libraries
Librarians Assemble – a bi-weekly podcast featuring librarians who are passionate about comics
Library Chat – conversations about the library world with professionals working in and around libraries
Libraryland – libraries, literature & geekery
Lost in the Stacks – The one and only Research Library Rock’n’Roll show!
Open paren – a podcast about libraries, librarians, and code
Pint & Click – A roundtable review and discussion of recommended media from the Des Plaines Public Library
The Spindown – a semi-monthly variety and storytelling podcast by Julie Jurgens about what she hates, what she loves, and everything in between
T Is For Training – a podcast about but not obsessed with training in libraries
Withdrawn – two boring librarians making libraries less boring
The Worst Bestsellers – Kait, Renata, and a guest talk about popular books of questionable quality


ALA TechSource – the latest in library technology
American Libraries – the voice of the profession and the flagship magazine of the American Library Association
Booklist – book reviews for librarians, book groups, and book lovers
Computers in Libraries – a monthly magazine that provides complete coverage of the news and issues in the rapidly evolving field of library information technology
D-Lib – the magazine of digital library research
Electronic Librarian – exploring trends, technologies, e-resource management, and digital services in libraries
First Monday – one of the first openly accessible, peer-reviewed journals on the Internet, solely devoted to the Internet
The Horn Book – herald[ing] the best in children’s literature
In the Library with the Lead Pipe – an open access, open peer reviewed journal founded and run by an international team of librarians working in various types of libraries
Information Technology and Libraries – a publication of the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA), a division of ALA
Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication – a quarterly, peer-reviewed open-access publication for original articles, reviews and case studies that analyze or describe the strategies, partnerships and impact of library-led digital projects, online publishing and scholarly communication initiatives
Journal of Library Innovation – a peer-reviewed, open access journal publishing original research, literature reviews, commentaries, case studies, reports on innovative practices, and book, conference and product reviews
Journal of Library User Experience – an open-access, peer-reviewed journal for Library User Experience professionals published by Michigan Publishing
Journal of New Librarianship – an open journal within the field of library and information sciences
JSTOR Daily – provides insight, commentary, and analysis of ideas, research, and current events, tapping into the rich library of scholarship on JSTOR
Library Journal – provides groundbreaking features and analytical news reports covering technology, management, policy and other professional concerns to public, academic and institutional libraries
A Library Writer’s Blog – helps librarians identify publishing and presentation opportunities in library & information science
Marketing Libraries Journal – peer-reviewed, independently published, open access scholarly journal that focuses on innovative marketing activities libraries are engaged in
Public Libraries – the companion website to the bi-monthly print publication Public Libraries
Publishers Weekly – a weekly news magazine focused on the international book publishing business
School Library Journal – produces resources, services, and reviews that make library and education professionals savvier, and communities stronger
Teacher Librarian – for the library professional working with children and young adults
VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates) – dedicated to the needs of young adult librarians, the advocacy of young adults, and the promotion of young adult literature and reading
Weave (Journal Of Library User Experience) – an open-access, peer-reviewed journal for Library User Experience professionals

Readers Advisory

The Booklist Reader
The Book Report
Early Word
Forever Young Adult
The Fussy Librarian – free personalized book suggestions
Genre Blender
Junior Library Guild – a book review and collection development service helping thousands of school and public libraries acquire the best new children’s and young adult books
Land of Lost Books – a place to share a title that deserves some extra attention
Nerdy Book Club
RA For All

Shelf Awareness
Stacked Books
Whichbook – 
enables millions of combinations of factors and then suggests books which most closely match your needs


American Libraries Live – a free, streaming video broadcast about library issues and trends
Booklist webinars
Digital Learn (PLA/IMLA) – an online hub for digital literacy support and training
Infopeople – training open to all members of the library community
Library Consulting Network – library industry consulting firm serving and supporting the library and information community with a wide skill set and consulting experience
Library Journal webcasts
School Library Journal webcasts
TechSoup for Libraries – a nonprofit devoted to making technology and technology education available and affordable to nonprofits and libraries all over the world
WebJunction – to promote learning for all library staff by providing an open, affordable online learning community


Tumblarians – via thelifeguardlibrarian
I Work At A Public Library
Librarian Problems
Librarian Wardrobe
The Millions Literary Tumblr Index – 1, 2, 3


Design Kit (IDEO) 
Designing Better Libraries
 – exploring the intersection of design, user experience and creativity for better libraries
The Only UX Reading List Ever (Simon Pan)
UX in Libraries Resource List
 (Ned Potter) – a structured introduction to UX and ethnography
UX Matters – insights and inspiration for the user experience community


Jbrary – a library of storytime resources for those of us working with children


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