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Increase your readers' advisory knowledge with book blogs

  1. 1. Increase your readers’ advisory knowledge with book blogs! Alexandra Yarrow Librarian, St. Laurent Branch Ottawa Public Library
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  3. 3. Plan for today <ul><li>Definitions: Web 2.0, Library 2.0, RA 2.0 </li></ul><ul><li>What makes a great blog? </li></ul><ul><li>Great blogs by institutions and organisations </li></ul><ul><li>Great blogs by real people! </li></ul><ul><li>Great library blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Great children’s and YA blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Microblogging </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is Web 2.0? <ul><li>Web 2.0: A “second generation of the World Wide Web […] focused on the ability for people to collaborate and share information online.” Characteristics of Web 2.0: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Dynamic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Organized </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Open source software </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fosters open communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interactive / collaborative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>User centered: Anyone can add content or contribute! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Examples of web 2.0 tools: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogging and mircoblogging (eg. Twitter) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social networking sites (eg. Facebook, MySpace) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Photo or video sharing (eg. Flickr, YouTube) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Podcasting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social bookmarking (eg. Delicious) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual worlds (eg. Second Life) </li></ul></ul>Some web 2.0 tools!
  5. 5. Tim O’Reilly and Web 2.0 <ul><li>“ The Web as platform” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Harnessing collective intelligence” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Rich user experiences” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Leveraging the long tail through customer self-service.” </li></ul>Source: RA_background_reading on Delicious
  6. 6. The flip side? <ul><li>The Annoyed Librarian : &quot;All the twopointoh stuff makes it so easy for users to generate idiocy. Just think, back in the old days, one had to find a publisher willing to put up with your idiocy, but the twopointoh publishers depend upon it. Without a lot of user-generated idiocy, Blogger, Wordpress, Livejournal, and the like would be barren wastelands. But now, there's an endless supply of idiocy to read!&quot; </li></ul>
  7. 7. What is Library 2.0? <ul><li>“ The application of Web 2.0 thinking and technologies to library services and collections.” -Jack M. Maness. &quot;Library 2.0 Theory: Web 2.0 and Its Implications for Libraries.&quot; Webology 3.2: June, 2006 </li></ul><ul><li>Wikipedia: “a loosely defined model for a modernized form of library service that reflects a transition within the library world in the way that services are delivered to users. The focus is on user-centered change and participation in the creation of content and community . […] This includes online services like the use of OPAC systems and an increased flow of information from the user back to the library .” </li></ul><ul><li>Not a new version of the library or its services, but a response to the impact that Web 2.0 technologies have had. - Toward Academic Library 2.0: Development and Application of a Library 2.0 Methodology by Michael C. Habib </li></ul>
  8. 8. Implications of Library 2.0 <ul><li>Small libraries can rival big libraries! </li></ul><ul><li>Users have new expectations! </li></ul><ul><li>New sense of the word “community” </li></ul><ul><li>Tagging in a new way: sad, happy, good, bad, etc. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Reader’s Advisory 2.0 <ul><li>“ RA 2.0 is the art of using digital tools not only to share information with and advise readers on finding the right book for the right mood, but to collaborate with both colleagues and patrons/readers to create, enhance, and use old and new readers' resources and forums; RA 2.0 helps us create community and address the social aspects of reading by going to where the readers are , as well as inviting them into our organizing, reviewing, and publicizing processes .” </li></ul><ul><li>Source: Laura Calderone, Diana Herald, and Sarah Cords on the RA in a Day 2008 wiki: </li></ul>RA_background_reading on Delicious
  10. 10. A note about RSS feeds <ul><li>RSS = Really simple syndication </li></ul><ul><li>Real-time updates to web content; all blogs have an RSS feed </li></ul><ul><li>2 components: RSS “feed” or channel (the site you want to tune into, coded for RSS) + RSS reader or aggregator (software that interprets the RSS feed for you and updates you with messages). </li></ul><ul><li>Sites with an RSS feed normally display this symbol </li></ul><ul><li>A great list of RSS readers available free online is here: </li></ul>RA_RSS on Delicious
  11. 11. What makes a great blog? Or, how to make your library’s blog great <ul><li>Posting frequency </li></ul><ul><li>Posts that engender conversation … and bloggers that participate in that conversation! </li></ul><ul><li>Passion for the topic and an authentic voice </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs that fill a niche </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs that develop of a sense of community </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs that foster engagement </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs that build on their own successes </li></ul><ul><li>Good design: scannable, colours, layout </li></ul><ul><li>… and it’s also subjective! </li></ul>RA_blog_criteria on Delicious
  12. 12. Great organizational blogs <ul><li>Quillblog </li></ul><ul><li>Overbooked </li></ul><ul><li>Shelf Life </li></ul><ul><li>The Afterward </li></ul><ul><li>Guardian Books </li></ul><ul><li>Reader’s Advisor Online Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Dewey Divas and Dudes </li></ul><ul><li>Likely Stories </li></ul><ul><li>Book Group Buzz </li></ul><ul><li>Audiobooker </li></ul><ul><li>In the Bookroom </li></ul><ul><li>CBC Canada Reads </li></ul><ul><li>ShelfTalker </li></ul><ul><li>Library Love Fest </li></ul>RA_org_blog on Delicious
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  16. 16. <ul><li>May feature = short fiction </li></ul><ul><li>“ Buy it or skip it” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Bookmarks” = news </li></ul><ul><li>“ What I’m reading” from staff </li></ul><ul><li>Philip Marchand’s Open Book </li></ul>
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  18. 18. Great b l o g s by real people <ul><li>Early Word </li></ul><ul><li>That Shakespearean Rag </li></ul><ul><li>Blog of a Bookslut </li></ul><ul><li>The Elegant Variation </li></ul><ul><li>Bookninja </li></ul><ul><li>Maud Newton </li></ul><ul><li>Conversational Reading </li></ul><ul><li>dovegreyreader scribbles </li></ul>RA_people_blog on Delicious
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  22. 22. Great library (institutional) blogs <ul><li>Ann Arbor Public Library Book Blog: </li></ul><ul><li>ShelfTalk (Seattle Public Library): </li></ul><ul><li>Waterboro Public Library (Maine): </li></ul><ul><li>Princeton Library Lounge (Princeton Public Library): </li></ul><ul><li>ABC Book Reviews (Twinsburg Public Library): </li></ul>RA_institutional_blog on Delicious
  23. 23. (Best) children’s and YA blogs <ul><li>Bookends </li></ul><ul><li>A Fuse #8 Production </li></ul><ul><li>Read Roger </li></ul><ul><li>Tea Time </li></ul><ul><li>Big A little a: </li></ul><ul><li>BookMoot: </li></ul><ul><li>Cynsations: </li></ul><ul><li>Orca Books </li></ul><ul><li>Mitali’s Fire Escape </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>RA_kids_blogs on Delicious </li></ul><ul><li>RA_teen_blogs on Delicious </li></ul>
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  25. 25. <ul><li>Kingston-Frontenac Public Library: </li></ul><ul><li>Cleveland Public Library: </li></ul><ul><li>Missouri River Regional Library: </li></ul><ul><li>Guardian Books: </li></ul><ul><li>Quill and Quire: </li></ul><ul><li>People: Neil Gaiman, Bookninja, Jessa Crispin, and more! </li></ul><ul><li>Same goals, different format! </li></ul><ul><li>Read more in Amanda Etches-Johnson’s column, “A little birdie told me,” in ola.access Spring 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>RA_twitter_examples </li></ul>Microblogging!
  26. 26. Shameless plugs <ul><li>OLA RA in a day: October 23, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  27. 27. Thank you! <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Contact me anytime: Alexandra Yarrow , Librarian, St Laurent Branch, Ottawa Public Library [email_address] </li></ul>
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