Blogging the Outback : The GWAHS Libraries Blog Don Keast Research Librarian Far West Health Library Broken Hill
The GWAHS Libraries Blog www.gwahslibrariesblog.blogspot . com
 
Greater Western Area Health Service (GWAHS) <ul><li>55.52 % of  New South Wales </li></ul><ul><li>444900 sq km </li></ul><...
GREATER WESTERN AHS
GWAHS LIBRARIES <ul><li>Far West Health Library, Broken Hill (University of Sydney) </li></ul><ul><li>Dubbo Base Hospital ...
ORIGINS OF THE GWAHS LIBRARIES BLOG <ul><li>Need to give better services to remote users </li></ul><ul><li>Need for the GW...
AIMS AND PHILOSOPHY <ul><li>Focuses on resources which may be useful to health staff in rural locations </li></ul><ul><li>...
CREATION OF THE BLOG <ul><li>Select a host </li></ul><ul><li>Open public access software (Blogger) used so that staff of a...
SOURCES OF BLOG POSTS <ul><li>List serves </li></ul><ul><li>Newsletters </li></ul><ul><li>Emails </li></ul><ul><li>Library...
FEATURES  <ul><li>Monthly summaries sent to GWAHS staff via email </li></ul><ul><li>Links to GWAHS libraries from blog </l...
BLOG STATISTICS <ul><li>Began February 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Average posts 12-15 per month </li></ul><ul><li>Average hits...
RESULTS AND FEEDBACK <ul><li>Good feedback from users (including remote areas) </li></ul><ul><li>Much of feedback from are...
ADVANTAGES <ul><li>Great way to reach isolated users </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent method of collating stray emails and misc...
DISADVANTAGES AND PROBLEMS <ul><li>Poor internet access throughout GWAHS (40% staff on network) </li></ul><ul><li>Often di...
GWAHS LIBRARIES BLOG   www.gwahslibrariesblog.blogspot.com
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Blogging the Outback :The GWAHS Libraries Blog (Don Keast)

  1. 1. Blogging the Outback : The GWAHS Libraries Blog Don Keast Research Librarian Far West Health Library Broken Hill
  2. 2. The GWAHS Libraries Blog www.gwahslibrariesblog.blogspot . com
  3. 4. Greater Western Area Health Service (GWAHS) <ul><li>55.52 % of New South Wales </li></ul><ul><li>444900 sq km </li></ul><ul><li>1.5 times the size of Italy </li></ul><ul><li>2.05 times the size of the British Isles </li></ul><ul><li>6.53 times the size of Tasmania </li></ul><ul><li>Some distances </li></ul><ul><li>Broken Hill – Bathurst 960 km </li></ul><ul><li>Collarenebri – Wentworth 1186 km </li></ul><ul><li>Broken Hill – Gosford 1194 km </li></ul>
  4. 5. GREATER WESTERN AHS
  5. 6. GWAHS LIBRARIES <ul><li>Far West Health Library, Broken Hill (University of Sydney) </li></ul><ul><li>Dubbo Base Hospital Library </li></ul><ul><li>Orange Base Hospital Library </li></ul><ul><li>Centre for Rural & Remote Mental Health, Orange (Uni. of Newcastle) </li></ul><ul><li>Health Information Service, Bathurst </li></ul>
  6. 7. ORIGINS OF THE GWAHS LIBRARIES BLOG <ul><li>Need to give better services to remote users </li></ul><ul><li>Need for the GWAHS Libraries to strengthen their networked services </li></ul><ul><li>Need to seek alternatives to an inadequate email server </li></ul><ul><li>Inspired by Online 2007 !! </li></ul>
  7. 8. AIMS AND PHILOSOPHY <ul><li>Focuses on resources which may be useful to health staff in rural locations </li></ul><ul><li>An emphasis on free material available both on the web and elsewhere </li></ul><ul><li>An emphasis on rural health and indigenous health </li></ul><ul><li>All library staff (and interested others) invited to become authors </li></ul>
  8. 9. CREATION OF THE BLOG <ul><li>Select a host </li></ul><ul><li>Open public access software (Blogger) used so that staff of all libraries can post </li></ul><ul><li>Choose template </li></ul><ul><li>Begin posting </li></ul>
  9. 10. SOURCES OF BLOG POSTS <ul><li>List serves </li></ul><ul><li>Newsletters </li></ul><ul><li>Emails </li></ul><ul><li>Library acquisitions of special interest </li></ul><ul><li>Some contributions from library users </li></ul><ul><li>Most important of all …. Serendipity !! </li></ul><ul><li>No RSS feeds …. We’re still beginners ! </li></ul>
  10. 11. FEATURES <ul><li>Monthly summaries sent to GWAHS staff via email </li></ul><ul><li>Links to GWAHS libraries from blog </li></ul><ul><li>Comments invited on posts </li></ul><ul><li>All GWAHS libraries invited to post </li></ul><ul><li>Concentrates on useful resources rather than a traditional library blog </li></ul>
  11. 12. BLOG STATISTICS <ul><li>Began February 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Average posts 12-15 per month </li></ul><ul><li>Average hits now 600 + per month </li></ul>
  12. 13. RESULTS AND FEEDBACK <ul><li>Good feedback from users (including remote areas) </li></ul><ul><li>Much of feedback from areas without libraries (Grenfell, Coonamble, Mudgee, Menindee, Gilgandra, Goodooga etc) </li></ul><ul><li>Monthly email summaries lead to increase in hits </li></ul>
  13. 14. ADVANTAGES <ul><li>Great way to reach isolated users </li></ul><ul><li>Excellent method of collating stray emails and miscellaneous information </li></ul><ul><li>Free software including archiving </li></ul><ul><li>Encourages a team approach to information sharing between libraries </li></ul><ul><li>Promotes a unified library service to users </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces overcrowding on email servers </li></ul>
  14. 15. DISADVANTAGES AND PROBLEMS <ul><li>Poor internet access throughout GWAHS (40% staff on network) </li></ul><ul><li>Often difficult to obtain useful posts </li></ul><ul><li>Some pressure to keep adding new posts </li></ul><ul><li>Rural library staff inexperienced bloggers </li></ul><ul><li>User unfamiliarity with the technology (not so much a new resource as a culture change !) </li></ul>
  15. 16. GWAHS LIBRARIES BLOG www.gwahslibrariesblog.blogspot.com

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