Keeping up with the Blogs Anna Van Scoyoc Hopewell Branch, MCLS [email_address]
This Evening’s Agenda <ul><li>Defining/Identifying Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Looking at Examples of Blogs </li></ul><ul><ul>...
This Evening’s Agenda  (cont’d) <ul><li>Defining RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Locating/Identifying RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Getting ...
Defining/Identifying Blogs <ul><li>Web + Log = Weblog [Blog for short] </li></ul><ul><li>Type of website </li></ul><ul><li...
Defining/Identifying Blogs  (cont’d) <ul><li>Blogs tend to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be organized in reverse chronological or...
Blogs Explained  (in under 3 minutes) Blogs in Plain English  created by Common Craft at http://www.commoncraft.com/
Looking at Examples of Blogs <ul><li>News (via NYT) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/ </li></ul></u...
MCL-Related Blogs
Locating Blogs of Interest <ul><li>Google Blog Search </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://blogsearch.google.com/ </li></ul></ul><...
Defining/Identifying RSS <ul><li>RSS =  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>R eally  S imply  S yndication; or  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><...
Defining/Identifying RSS (cont’d) http://www.rssboard.org/rss-icon-collection
RSS Explained  (in 3 minutes) RSS in Plain English  created by Common Craft at http://www.commoncraft.com/
MCL-Related Blogs
Getting Started <ul><li>Choose a feed reader </li></ul><ul><li>Set up an account </li></ul><ul><li>Locate, subscribe to, a...
Choose a News/Feed Reader <ul><li>Desktop  </li></ul><ul><li>Online </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bloglines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul...
Set up an Account <ul><li>Step-by-Step Handouts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bloglines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Reader <...
Locate, Subscribe, Organize <ul><li>Demo w/ MCL Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Hands-On </li></ul>
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  • Allows users to subscribe to sites with continually updated content Blog posts Podcast episodes News headlines Etc.
  • Choose a feed reader -- handout with comparison chart Set up an account -- handouts w/ step by step process; time permitting we’ll practice Locate, subscribe to, and organize feeds of interest -- time permitting we’ll practice
  • Bloglines Can change your username at any time Validate setup, new e-mail address or passwords Google Reader Email addy you set up = username Validate setup, new e-mail addy or password
  • Set up an account -- handouts w/ step by step process; time permitting we’ll practice
  • Locate, subscribe to, and organize feeds of interest -- time permitting we’ll practice
  • Keeping Up with the Blogs

    1. 1. Keeping up with the Blogs Anna Van Scoyoc Hopewell Branch, MCLS [email_address]
    2. 2. This Evening’s Agenda <ul><li>Defining/Identifying Blogs </li></ul><ul><li>Looking at Examples of Blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>News </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Subject </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fun </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MCL-Related </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Locating Blogs of Interest </li></ul>
    3. 3. This Evening’s Agenda (cont’d) <ul><li>Defining RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Locating/Identifying RSS </li></ul><ul><li>Getting Started </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose a News/Feed Reader </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set up an Account </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Locate, Subscribe, and Organize Feeds </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Defining/Identifying Blogs <ul><li>Web + Log = Weblog [Blog for short] </li></ul><ul><li>Type of website </li></ul><ul><li>Continually updated with new entries/posts </li></ul><ul><li>Self-archive their entries/posts </li></ul>
    5. 5. Defining/Identifying Blogs (cont’d) <ul><li>Blogs tend to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Be organized in reverse chronological order; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Allow comments from readers; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provide commentary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Specific subjects </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Personal thoughts [e.g., online diary] </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>News-related </li></ul></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Blogs Explained (in under 3 minutes) Blogs in Plain English created by Common Craft at http://www.commoncraft.com/
    7. 7. Looking at Examples of Blogs <ul><li>News (via NYT) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Subject (Food) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://cakewrecks.blogspot.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Fun (Photo) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.cuteoverload.com/ </li></ul></ul>
    8. 8. MCL-Related Blogs
    9. 9. Locating Blogs of Interest <ul><li>Google Blog Search </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://blogsearch.google.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Technorati </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://technorati.com/blogs/directory/ </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. Defining/Identifying RSS <ul><li>RSS = </li></ul><ul><ul><li>R eally S imply S yndication; or </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>R ich S ite S ummary </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Allows users to subscribe to sites with continually updated content </li></ul>
    11. 11. Defining/Identifying RSS (cont’d) http://www.rssboard.org/rss-icon-collection
    12. 12. RSS Explained (in 3 minutes) RSS in Plain English created by Common Craft at http://www.commoncraft.com/
    13. 13. MCL-Related Blogs
    14. 14. Getting Started <ul><li>Choose a feed reader </li></ul><ul><li>Set up an account </li></ul><ul><li>Locate, subscribe to, and organize feeds of interest </li></ul>
    15. 15. Choose a News/Feed Reader <ul><li>Desktop </li></ul><ul><li>Online </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bloglines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://www. bloglines .com/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Reader </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>http://reader. google .com/ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Note: See http://bit.ly/dwXnN for more criteria re: Desktop vs. Online </li></ul>
    16. 16. Set up an Account <ul><li>Step-by-Step Handouts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bloglines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Reader </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Demo/Hands-On </li></ul>
    17. 17. Locate, Subscribe, Organize <ul><li>Demo w/ MCL Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Hands-On </li></ul>

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