Interesting Websites
May 18, 2010 9:17 AM   Subscribe

I work as a librarian and am on desk for 25 hours a week. I spend much of it on library sites but am interested in sites you find as interesting reads whatever they might be. Anything decent for the workplace. And I know interesting is subjective...I'm all ears!
posted by snap_dragon to Technology (20 answers total) 64 users marked this as a favorite
Wordnik is a surprisingly deep site that any librarian is sure to love.
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis at 9:25 AM on May 18, 2010

For sheer variety of current affairs interestingness, Andrew Sullivan usually doesn't disappoint.

Usually only one post a day, but Letters of Note is sure to fascinate as well.
posted by midatlanticwanderer at 9:44 AM on May 18, 2010

How about Arts & Letters Daily?
posted by Mike1024 at 9:54 AM on May 18, 2010 [1 favorite]

Arts and Letters Daily frequently has links to interesting articles on a variety of topics aimed at folks with a college education.

I'm fond of international news sites. Die Spiegel, the BBC and Al Jazeera English are a few of my favourites.

No library desk jockey should go many days without skimming Snopes.

You also need something to leave up for whoever relieves you.
posted by QIbHom at 9:57 AM on May 18, 2010

Heh! Thanks for the Letters of Note nod, midatlanticwanderer. Much appreciated.

I must nominate BibliOdyssey for your perusal snap_dragon; it never fails to suck me in. Also, Strange Maps never disappoints.
posted by Usher at 10:00 AM on May 18, 2010

Some of the more lit-friendly links on my feed reader are:
Vintage Childrens Books My Kid Loves
The Millions
Good, and
Miss Information (from a tormented library clerk).
posted by FreezBoy at 10:18 AM on May 18, 2010 [1 favorite]

Sarah Weinman's siteis not updated as much as it has been, but the links to other book-related sites are excellent and you can follow her on Twitter.
posted by BibiRose at 10:19 AM on May 18, 2010

My librarian friend reads the entire newspaper when he's working because people ask about stuff that was in it.
posted by mkb at 10:19 AM on May 18, 2010 [1 favorite]

Quite welcome, Usher! Love the site.

For the OP and Usher: American Memory can keep you occupied for hours, as well.
posted by midatlanticwanderer at 10:51 AM on May 18, 2010

Previously. Not specific to librarians, except for the overlap of awesome.
posted by mondaygreens at 11:02 AM on May 18, 2010

New Scientist is great for science (duh) news. I find The Week helpful for getting an overview of international news.
posted by grapesaresour at 11:17 AM on May 18, 2010

Ta-Nehisi Coates and Crooked Timber.
posted by brainwane at 11:27 AM on May 18, 2010

I keep up with a lot of librarian-loved links by following some librarian lists on Twitter and clicking and reading links. Gets me from the meta straight to the content more quickly. My favorite blog-for-reading is Low Tech Magazine and partner site No Tech Magazine.
posted by jessamyn at 11:47 AM on May 18, 2010

I have a list of blog links on my own lit blog that I keep up with.
I also read Boing Boing! and on a daily basis.
posted by Zipf at 11:51 AM on May 18, 2010

Longform links to a lot of interesting (and longish) articles.

Give Me Something to Read does the same.

Not interesting sites, but I'll recommend the Instapaper Text Bookmarklet or Readability - handy browser bookmarklets that make the website/blog you're reading more readable.
posted by backwards guitar at 12:05 PM on May 18, 2010

i love maitresse
posted by raw sugar at 2:34 PM on May 18, 2010

from bookforum

You will never be without highbrow reading.
posted by lalochezia at 2:47 PM on May 18, 2010

Google News gets a visit every morning.
posted by talldean at 5:51 AM on May 19, 2010

Response by poster: Thanks all for your interesting posts. BTW, I also Twitter for the library and some of these sites may have some gold that can be mined. Will check back and see if any more MeFites have posted....again, Thanks!
posted by snap_dragon at 9:19 AM on May 19, 2010

No one with a link to A Working Library? Really?

It also has the best design on the web.
posted by blook at 5:30 PM on May 22, 2010

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