The Best of iLibrarian 2013: Top 20 Posts Part II

This is part two of a two-part post to present the top 20 most viewed and tweeted articles on iLibrarian in 2013. (See part one here!) The statistics represent page views and tweets from the week the post was published, not from the entire year. In the spirit of the holidays, this is arranged countdown style, and since this is the second post, this one starts with number 10.

Note: The abbreviation UPV’s stands for unique page views, meaning that if someone visits a post 20 times, it’s still only counted as 1 *unique* page view.

10) The Best of Internet Librarian 2013


Every year there are two amazing conferences focusing on information technology and libraries hosted by Information Today – Computers in Libraries and Internet Librarian. They feature the field’s top innovators sharing their insights, recent project experiences, and practical tips. If you couldn’t make this year’s event, here are 10 stellar presentations that will catch you up:

  • This popular post received: 1,092 UPVs, 48 total tweets


9) A Librarian’s Guide to Makerspaces: 16 Resources


Makerspaces, sometimes also referred to as hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs are creative, DIY spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. In libraries they often have 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, and more. Here are some excellent resources for anyone thinking about setting up a makerspace in their organization.

  • This popular post received: 1,219 UPVs 207 total tweets


8) 10 Online Privacy Tips for Librarians


It’s the new year and I’m determined to start it off right by becoming more savvy and attentive to my online security. Last year my email was hijacked and my Walmart account was hacked by someone who bought a $700 tablet device using my stored credit card – thankfully they weren’t smart enough to change the purchase notification email so I knew right away – incidentally I thought it interesting that they chose to save a few dimes by going with the free shipping option rather than next or same day delivery. Although I consider myself pretty vigilant about privacy, I’ve found that there’s still a lot to be learned about protecting myself and my data online. I’ve been doing a lot of research on this topic, hopefully you’ll find these tips helpful:

  • This popular post received: 1332 UPVs, 107 total tweets

7) 101 Web 2.0 Teaching Tools

cloudlearnOnline tools and resources have made it easier for teachers to instruct students, and for students to collaborate with those teachers and with other students and parents. These “Web 2.0″ teaching tools aren’t magical, but they may seem to defy definition at times since they save time, help you to stay organized, and often take up little space on a computer. Some of these applications are Web-based, which means that they can be accessed from any computer.

  • This popular post received: 1,941 UPVs,  8 total tweets


6) 7 Things Libraries Can Do With Google Glass 

Google Glass has been getting a lot of attention lately. It was recently demo’d at the SXSW conference and it just finished up its Explorer Edition contest which challenged would-be early adopters willing to pay $1,500 for a pair of the glasses to state what they would do if they had Google Glass in 50 words or less. Google Glass is in essence a wearable computer in the form of a pair of eyeglasses that are voice activated. According to the New York Times:

  • This popular post received: 2054 UPVs and 163 total tweets 


5) 6 Bookless Libraries


As space and budget concerns continue to grow, many libraries are opting to forego building their print collections in favor of providing electronic resources. This new trend toward building digital libraries has been developing over the past several years in spite of the controversy over eliminating print materials. Many people have spoken out against bookless libraries, especially with regard to public libraries, stating that the digital divide will keep many from using library resources and as well as the fact that many publishers won’t sell their publications to libraries in eBook format. What are your opinions about bookless libraries in the public and academic sectors? Here are six bookless libraries to start the conversation.

  • This popular post received: 2268 UPVs and 156 total tweets


4) 10 Ugly Christmas Sweaters for Librarians


It’s the Christmas season and time to drag out that ugly-but-festive sweater that lets everyone know you’ve gotten into the holiday spirit. What makes an ugly Christmas sweater particularly suited for librarians you may ask?  Well it has cats on it, of course!  So, while you’re checking people off your holiday gift list and attending those Christmas and holiday parties, why not don one of these joyously ugly tops?

  • This popular post received: 2,128 UPVs, 50 total tweets


3) 10,000 Free Courses Listed in a Massive Open Courses Directory 

I’m very excited to announce that the OEDb has just launched a massive Free Online Open Courses Directory organizing nearly 10,000 free courses in the liberal arts and sciences. The courses are available in a variety of formats including full courses, video lectures, audio lectures, text articles, and mixed media.  The courses are searchable and cover everything from Adobe Photoshop to 20th Century Literature in the following subject areas:

  • This popular post received: 2,813 UPVs, 187 total tweets


2) 10 Fictional Libraries I’d Love to Visit




Sunnydale High School Library : Although this high school library was located directly on top of a Hellmouth, it had some amazing special collections not to mention an incredibly knowledgeable Head Librarian, Rupert Giles who was also a member of the Watchers Council. This cozy library’s occult collection held titles such as Vampyr, The Writings of Dramius, Blood Rites and Sacrifices, and The Legends of Vishnu as well as a book cage which held an armory of weapons and occasionally restrained a transforming werewolf. This headquarters of Buffy’s “Scooby Gang” is one I’d definitely like to visit! Read more about this library here.

  • This popular post received: 3,426 UPVs, 271 total tweets


1) The Ultimate Guide to the Invisible Web

Search engines are, in a sense, the heartbeat of the internet; “googling” has become a part of everyday speech and is even recognized by Merriam-Webster as a grammatically correct verb. It’s a common misconception, however, that googling a search term will reveal every site out there that addresses your search. In fact, typical search engines like Google, Yahoo, or Bing actually access only a tiny fraction – estimated at 0.03% – of the internet. The sites that traditional searches yield are part of what’s known as the Surface Web, which is comprised of indexed pages that a search engine’s web crawlers are programmed to retrieve.

  • This popular post received: 4,485 UPVs, 138 total tweets