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On keeping up with search

During my presentations I always try to provide a little update on the world of search.  And folks often ask, how did you discover that?

One of several things that separates TLs from other techie types in our buildings is our interest in things searchy.  I want to function as a scout in that arena.

In order to be a scout, I have to stretch, to read the discoveries of experts outside of my lovely #tlchat and #edtech networks, which are both exciting and comfy.

And though I don’t really care about all the details of the business of search and SEO (search engine optimization), I find myself scanning blogs, sites, and Twitter feeds, of the broader world of search.

So how does a librarian keep up with the dynamic landscape of the world of search?

Here are a few sites and Twitter feeds to consider following in no particular order:

pandia 300x44 On keeping up with searchPandia is a portal that links to a wide variety of search blogs, as well as Search Engine News. @pandianews labels its Twitter feed everything search and social.

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Google offers a bunch of fascinating blogs, many are must-reads for any information professional.  Among them:

googlesystem 300x63 On keeping up with search @googleos Not affiliated with Google, and often a bit edgy, this site and its feed often break news and tips before many other sources.

mashable On keeping up with search

@mashable is the largest independent news source dedicated to covering digital culture, social media and technology. Mashable reports on the importance of digital innovation and how it empowers and inspires people around the world.

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@RWW This widely read blog has been around since 2003 and is one of the most popular technology blogs in the world, known for offering insightful analysis about each day’s Internet industry news. Consider also following RWW’s lead writer or @marshallk

techcrunch On keeping up with search@techcrunch is a leading technology media property, dedicated to obsessively profiling startups, reviewing new Internet products, and breaking tech news

searchenginewatch On keeping up with search

@sewatch provides tips and information about searching the web, and analysis of the search engine industry.

radar oreilly 300x34 On keeping up with search@OReillyMedia Perhaps best known for its technology books, O’Reilly’s portal and feeds focus on technology trends that really matter and galvanizing their adoption by amplifying “faint signals” from the alpha geeks who are creating the future. An active participant in the technology community, the company has a long history of advocacy, meme-making, and evangelism.

seroundtable On keeping up with search@seroundtable calls itself the Pulse of the Search Marketing Community

searchengineland On keeping up with search@sengineland Led by search authorities Danny Sullivan (@dannysullivan) and Chris Sherman (@cjsherman), Search Engine Land is the industry’s leading online publication for the latest search news, research and anaylsis, commentary and expert advice.

infotoday On keeping up with search

@infotoday offers journal and books for the information technology and library professionals. Our goal is to provide users and producers of information, knowledge and content management products and services with the information they need to do their jobs as effectively as possible. Among the many available blogs are Library Stuff @librarystuff and Online Insider.

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Joyce Valenza About Joyce Valenza

Joyce is the teacher-librarian at Springfield Township High School, a technology writer, and a blogger. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza


  1. Martha says:

    Great list … thanks, as always, for sharing!

  2. oinorton says:

    Thanks for that list. Look forward to the info.

  3. Kristi Dement says:

    I am one of the school librarians at Wake Christian Academy in Raleigh, NC. I would like to subscribe to your blog. How can I do that? Also, what other blogs do you recommend/read regularly? I am one of your fans. I use the Power Tools Recharged binder often. Also, can you provide the link to your school’s website? I have used that before and found it to be very helpful. I can tell that you love being a school librarian. Your blog has been nominated for several distinguished awards. Keep up the good work!

    Kristi Dement


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