What I’m Reading Online This Spring: Fountains of Information, Insight, and Inspiration

I’d like to share with you some of my favorite online reading resources that have really been pushing my thinking this spring; while some of these have been in my “premium” folder in Google Reader or on my iGoogle page for some time, others are recent finds.  What these sources share in common is the steady stream of quality content that speaks to my interest in participatory learning and/or culture, digital/new media literacies, inquiry, content creation, the curation of information and knowledge, communities of learners/learning, embedded librarianship, and the effective use of technology to support teaching and learning in thoughtful, innovate ways.  I invite you not only to browse these resources, but to also share your favorite online sources of information in the comments.  Enjoy!

1.  DML Central:  this treasure trove of a resource has been my #1 “go to” place of online reading in recent months.  Read about their mission here:  “We think digital media practices are fundamentally reshaping society in far-reaching ways, especially in how people all around the world are learning and connecting with one another…Across the globe, an ever-expanding number of researchers, policy-makers, practitioners, industry, scholars and youth are exploring the boundaries and possibilities of digital media and the networked world of the twenty-first century…At DMLcentral.net, we want to do all we can to fuel that exploration – to enable break-through collaborations and evoke illuminating conversations that lead to innovations in learning and public participation.”

2.  Mindshift:  :  all things learning in this space!  “MindShift explores the future of learning in all its dimensions – covering cultural and technology trends, groundbreaking research, education policy and more.”

3.  ACRL College and Research Libraries (open access!):  you don’t have to be an academic librarian to appreciate the insightful articles in this official scholarly research journal of the Association of College & Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association.

4.  ACRL College and Research Libraries News:  this is a companion site to C & RL that “…provides articles on the latest trends and practices affecting academic and research libraries and serves as the official newsmagazine and publication of record of ACRL. Monthly columns include Internet Resources, Internet Reviews, Preservation News, Washington Hotline, Grants and Acquisitions, People in the News, and New Publications. Other regular features are Scholarly Communication, Job of a Lifetime, and The Way I See It. C&RL News is published 11 times per year.”

5. Teach Paperless:  this blog is a constant source of ideas and thought-provoking conversation–a must read for anyone interested in teaching and learning.  “TeachPaperless began in February 2009 as a blog detailing the experiences of one teacher in a paperless classroom. It has grown to be something much more than that. In January 2011, TeachPaperless became a collaboratively written blog dedicated to conversation and commentary about the intertwined worlds of digital technology, new media, and education.”

6.  Open Culture:  I discovered this fantastic website through my friend and colleague Jeff Johnson about two months ago, and I love the diversity of topics/articles in this learning space.  What is Open Culture?  “Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. Web 2.0 has given us great amounts of intelligent audio and video. It’s all free. It’s all enriching. But it’s also scattered across the web, and not easy to find. Our whole mission is to centralize this content, curate it, and give you access to this high quality content whenever and wherever you want it. Free audio books, free online courses, free movies, free language lessons, free ebooks and other enriching content — it’s all here. Open Culture was founded in 2006.”

7.  The Heart of Innovation:  this blog features creative and “outside the box” posts as well as quotes—I find this resource one that helps me see challenges through different eyes.  “Idea Champions is a consulting and training company dedicated to awakening and nurturing the spirit of innovation. We help individuals, teams and entire organizations tap into their innate ability to create, develop and implement ideas that make a difference.”

8.  Educause Quarterly:  although this resource is geared toward higher education, I find incredibly thoughtful articles here that I can apply to my practice as a teacher and school librarian.  “EDUCAUSE is a nonprofit association whose mission is to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. EDUCAUSE helps those who lead, manage, and use information resources to shape strategic decisions at every level.”

9.ALA TechSource:  the diversity of the posts on the ALA TechSource blog and featured publications highlighted on the website this spring have been enlightening and rich!  Although the focus is on library technology, I feel they emphasize their focus on learning technology, too (which is a win win!).

10.  Brian Solis:  The official website of Brian Solis, the “… principal at Altimeter Group, a research-based advisory firm. Solis is globally recognized as one of the most prominent thought leaders and published authors in new media. A digital analyst, sociologist, and futurist, Solis has studied and influenced the effects of emerging media on business, marketing, publishing, and culture.”  While the posts are targets toward business and corporate audiences, I find pearls of wisdom that can be applied to our practice as librarians and learning specialists.

5 thoughts on “What I’m Reading Online This Spring: Fountains of Information, Insight, and Inspiration

  1. Wow! Thanks for this great post, Buffy! You’ve definitely given me some great sources that I hadn’t seen before. As always, thanks for the inspiration. :)

  2. Thanks for sharing your list. I’m preparing to clean out my reader and find some new vibrant online reads so this helps. Plus, so wonderful about C&RL being open access now.

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