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LIS 401: Foundations of Library and Information Science: Blogs and Listservs

What is the Difference Between a Blog and a Listserv?



The word "blog" comes from a contraction of the words, "web log", and a blog in its most basic form is just that: a log of whatever the author chooses to write about. With blogs, one person (the blog's author, or "blogger") has control over the content. They can post whatever they want, when they want. Most blogs allow other users to post comments, but the blogger still has control over what gets posted and can choose to delete any comments they want.


The term "LISTSERV" refers to the specific computer software developed to help create and manage mailing lists. The way a mailing list works is simple: a user sends and e-mail to the mailing list address, and the listserv distributes the message to everyone who is subscribed to the mailing list.


Definitions found here.

LIS Listervs

Listervs are electronic mailing lists. Subscribing to one (or more) listervs is a great way to receive information on the LIS field. Click on the links below to find listervs that suit your LIS needs.

Library-Related Blogs

Blogs are a great way to stay informed and to learn more about LIS news and careers. There are many different LIS related blogs; click on the links below to find LIS blogs...

RSS feed and Subscriptions


Subscribing to an RSS feed saves you time by bringing blog posts, news articles and more to you, rather than you going out to each individual website or journal.  To really take advantage of RSS feeds you'll need an RSS Reader like Google Reader.  Watch RSS in Plain English (3 min) for more on how RSS saves you time. 

Want to get started? 

Step 1: Pick an RSS reader

Or compare different options using Wikipedia's list of aggregators.

Lifehacker has a list of alternatives to Google Reader: 


Step 2: Subscribe to news that is of interest to you

  • Pick from the blogs listed by topic on this page


Step 3: Sit back and watch the news come to you!


Check out our Journal Notifications Guides for detailed step-by-step instructions, including setting up notification from databases.