MLS Student Summer Reading

It’s pretty common for incoming (and returning) MLS students to ask if there are books, articles, journals, etc that they should be reading to prepare for the upcoming Fall semester. While there is no right answer, we took the liberty of compiled a list of some specific and general recommendations to help keep/get you into the swing of things this fall or just keep you amused over the summer.

Blogs, blogs, blogs, blogs…

There are so many library-centric blogs and sites that it can be daunting to decide which is right for you. Some of us are pretty fond of:

Hack Library School
Written by and for library school students, this blog is essential for MLS students. They even compiled their own “Summer Reading List.”

In the Library with the Lead Pipe
Leadpipe is an open access peer-reviewed journal that publishes every 2 weeks. Reviewers and authors come from a huge variety of backgrounds and cover an array of topics from “Soliciting Performance, Hiding Bias: Whiteness and Librarianship,” to “Becoming a Writer Librarian,” to “Reclaiming your Inbox.”

Attempting Elegance by Jenica Rogers
Jenica is the Director of Libraries at SUNY Potsdam. The word rockstar comes to mind when you think about Jenica, who writes about an array of issues from “The Torment of Terrible Cover Letters” to “On Being Gracious and Owning your S*it,” to “Killing Fear.” She has a lot to say and we have a lot to learn from her.

WalkingPaper by Aaron Schmidt
Interested in user experience? No idea what that term actually means? This is essential reading.

Librarian By Day By Bobbi Newman
Bobbi Newman is a bit of a rockstar in libraryland and writes on an array of issues from “Thinking Out Loud About Patron Privacy and Libraries #nisoprivacy” to  “So You Want to be a Librarian? A Guide For Those Considering an MLS, Current Students & Job Seekers.”

Around the Web…

I Need A Library Job (INALJ) Founded by Naomi House
Founded by Naomi House it has job postings and a great blog where editors conduct interviews and publish on topics like “Avoiding the Resume Blackhole” or “Conflict in the Job Interview: How to Approach the Tricky Questions.”

EveryLibrary is the first and only political action committee for libraries. Their blog includes the weekly “Library Politics Rodeo,” updates on their political campaigns, and a call for writing for the forthcoming journal “The Political Librarian.”

61 Non-Librarian Jobs for LIS Grads By Syracuse University
Recommended by Dr. Beth St. Jean  

Alternative LIS Job Titles by Kim Dority
Recommended by Dr. Beth St. Jean 


Seeking Meaning: A Process Approach to Library and Information Services
by Carol Kuhltau
This is a canonical text for anyone interested in working in LIS and especially anyone wanting to do instruction.

Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren’t the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room By David Weinberger
Recommended by Dr. Katie Shilton

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore! By Robin Sloan
Recommended by Dr. Katie Shilton
A fun summer read and an exploration of all kinds of forms of documents/knowledge representations, from rare books to warehouses of museum artifacts to big data.

So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed By Jon Ronson
Recommended by Lindsay Sarin
While it may seem like an odd choice for a list like this, Ron’s exploration of three instances of viral Internet shaming has real implications for those in the field of information. It provides a unique perspective on privacy and the social dynamics of the Internet.

Coding & Technology…

“It is 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.”

Computers Are The Future, But Does Everyone Need To Code? By NPR Staff
Recommended by Dr. Erik Mitchell

Obama Says Everyone Should Know How to Hack By Klint Finley
Recommended by Dr. Erik Mitchell

Required disclaimer: inclusion on this list does not indicate endorsement by the University of Maryland. 


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