Why Be Social? To add a Jewish point of view to the social media landscape!
At the Association of Jewish Libraries 2009 convention in Chicago this summer, podcaster Mark Blevis led a session on Social Media that opened the floodgates of people's curiosity. Convention attendees wanted to learn more about social media: what it is, what it means to participate, and how to get started. As a continuation of that conversation, The Book of Life is offering a series of podcast episodes called "Why Be Social?" Here's Part 1 and Part 2.
This is Why Be Social, Part 3. I hope the earlier episodes in this series have gotten you interested checking out some real live blogs and podcasts. There are zillions of blog and podcast websites online, so where do you get started? Here with some suggestions of blogs and podcasts relating to Jewish literature is Alx Block, Online Sales and Marketing Manager for the Jewish Publication Society. Scroll down for links to those suggestions, and to a list of blogs and other social media sites that are read by, and sometimes created by, individual members of the Association of Jewish Libraries. Have fun checking them out!
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Here are links to the blogs and podcasts we talk about in this episode (in order discussed):
- The Jewish Publication Society Blog at http://jpsblog.org/blog/
- The Book of Life podcast at http://bookoflifepodcast.com
- The Association of Jewish Libraries blog, "People of the Books," at http://jewishlibraries.org/blog
- The Association of Jewish Libraries Podcast at http://jewishlibraries.org/podcast
- The Jewish Book Council Blog at http://jewishbooks.wordpress.com
- Jewish Books for Children with Author Barbara Bietz’ blog at http://barbarabbookblog.blogspot.com
- Jewish Comics with Steven Bergson at http://jewishcomics.blogspot.com
- Comix Friday at Jweekly at http://www.jweekly.com/blog/the-art-scene
- A Big Jewish Blog (poetry) at http://abigjewishblog.blogspot.com
- The Jewish Literary Review at http://www.jewishliteraryreview.com
- Hagahot at http://manuscriptboy.blogspot.com
- Tablet (the new Nextbook) at http://www.tabletmag.com
- Vox Tablet podcast at http://www.tabletmag.com/category/podcasts
Social media recommendations by Association of Jewish Libraries members:
Barbara Bibel says: I like Karen Schneider's blog, "Free Range Librarian." I also like the blogs that Booklist Online has. I contribute to one of them, "Points of Reference."
Ezra Chwat suggests: Giluy Milta B’'alma
In this blog, we present primary publications, or announcements of new and interesting findings, in Hebrew manuscripts. Often, significant discoveries are not on the scale of a full-size periodical article, but are nonetheless worthy of knowing about. This department is also a good place to announce preliminary findings, in order to arouse discussion and input of fellow scholars, before the final and complete publication. Your short article, or announcement (subject to the discretion of the editors) will be posted on our blog and will be stored in the blogs retrievable archive, as well as in a hardcopy archive. The archive which will be stored in the stacks of the National Library of Israel, and each accepted post will be allotted a serial number for bibliographic citation (this post is numbered GMB0001). Post your discoveries, findings, and previews in a short article (3 printed pages or less), at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marie Cloutier says: I blog about books (Jewish and non-) at www.bostonbibliophile.com. I also blog about crafts at crafthour.blogspot.com, for Temple Israel at tisraelbostonsummerinthecity.blogspot.com (say that 3x fast) and Hello Kitty collecting at hellokittyboston.blogspot.com. I'm active on Twitter (@bostonbibliophl), LibraryThing, Delicious and other applications. I used to listen to a lot of podcasts but have tapered that off substantially and now listen to Book of Life and Books on the Nightstand.
Heidi Estrin (me): I host The Book of Life podcast and blog, and I helped AJL establish its blog and podcast. I also blog for AJL's South Florida chapter at www.sfajl.org, and occassionally for the Sydney Taylor Book Award at sydneytaylorbookaward.blogspot.com.
I love to listen to these great podcasts:
- Just One More Book, a podcast about children's books
- The Canadian Podcast Buffet (by and for podcasters)
- Books on the Nightstand
- Nancy Pearl's Book Lust
- Authors on Tour
- Grownups Read Things They Wrote As Kids
- Sounds Jewish (from The Guardian in the UK)
And a few of the blogs that I read are:
Val Morehouse says: My personal blog called HoopDance [poetry, books, podcasts, etc.] is at www.valmorehouse.com.
- Teruah - Jewish Music
- Follow the Reader
- Chasing Ray
- I'm Here, I'm Queer, What the Hell Do I Read?
- Jewish Books for Children with Author Barbara Bietz
- A Fuse #8 Production
- And I like to explore blogs on the list at Kidlitosphere Central
Linda Silver is the force behind the Jewish Values Finder database at www.ajljewishvalues.org. She says: I read many political blogs, esp. those having to do with Israel. I read some book-related stuff, such as the (mostly trivial) newsletters from SLJ, Kirkus, and PW that appear among my email messages.
Karen Ulric gave us two whole lists:
• Gargoyles loose in the library
• Google Librarian Central
• Google Librarian Newsletter Google Group
• Killin' time being lazy
• Librarians' Internet Index: New This Week
• Library Garden
• Library of Congress Blog
• Library of Congress: News
• NPR Blogs: As A Matter Of Fact
• People of the Books
• The Shifted Librarian
• A Fuse #8 Production
• Brooklyn Arden
• educating alice
• Hennepin County Library - Bookspace Blog
• Judge a Book by its Cover
• Muller In the Middle
• NPR Topics: Books
• Saints and Spinners
• The Longstockings
• Ypulse: Media for the Next Generation
Jane Zande says: Besides The Book of Life and the AJL blog, I regularly read Marie Cloutier's blog, The Boston Bibliophile. A part of her blog is just for Jewish books:
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