There are a number of interesting and funny library- and book-related blogs, comics, and other links available via RSS feed. Here are a few of my favorites:
Unshelved is the gold standard for library comics, alternating librarian humor with book reviews and weekly illustrated booktalks.
A Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette is a delightfully wry, short blog turning the frustrations — and stereotypes — of librarianship into humor. A recent sample, posted under the heading “Popular, Being”: “Librarians should make pop culture references in library instruction classes to connect with younger audiences. Today’s youth are all about the Lady Gogga, Justin Bibber, and New Jersey Shore, so pretend that you are too.”
PhD Comics isn’t about librarianship, but about graduate school — and for those of us in graduate school, it can strike some painfully familiar notes.
Dispatches from a Public Librarian Scott Douglas’s periodic contribution to McSweeney’s humor site. Douglas promises — and delivers — “stories about strange patrons, strange patrons, strange tales, and otherwise just strange things.”
My private email account is through Gmail, as is my university account. The school where I work as the library assistant is a K-12 laboratory school on the university campus. Many of my students and all of my coworkers have Gmail accounts, either through the school or privately.
I have been using Google Reader to subscribe to blogs and webcomics via RSS feed for some time. More recently, with the advent of Google Buzz, I have taken to using that technology to share posts from my RSS with friends on my contacts list. It seems that this could be an advantageous tool for librarians as well: if students are using Buzz, they can access posts made there via the library email account.