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Eugene's presentation at the 2007 UBC Weblogger's Salon

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Eugene Barsky - Blogging in UBC Library Eugene Barsky - Blogging in UBC Library Presentation Transcript

  • Weblogger's Salon - UBC's Bloggers Sound Off Blogging in UBC Library By Eugene Barsky, Physio Outreach Librarian Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, UBC [email_address]
  • what’s it all about?
    • what are blogs
    • what we do with blogs
    • how other UBC Librarians use blogs
  • what are blogs?
    • defining blogs…
      • think online journal about a subject
      • arranged in reverse chronological order
      • updated frequently
      • short posts, usually containing personal commentary and links
  • what are blogs?
    • “ the blog concept is about three things: Frequency, Brevity, and Personality”
    • evan williams
    • creator, Blogger software
    • http://writetheweb.com/Members/gilest/old/107/
  • UBC Physio Info-Blog http://weblogs.elearning.ubc.ca/physio/
  • UBC Physio Info-Blog – why blogging?
    • the Physio Outreach Librarian is working with 1,700 practicing physiotherapists in BC, who belong to Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia
    • the physios are located anywhere in the province from Terrace to Cranbrook to Nanaimo
    • the challenge is to serve information needs of practicing health professionals
  • UBC Physio Info-Blog – why?
    • provide immediate information services
    • keep up with community interests
    • keep the community informed of itself
    • share community’s interests with others
  • provide immediate information services
    • immediate reference service by the librarian via Instant Messaging (using MeeboMe gadget)
    • no need for personal IM account
  • provide immediate information services
    • specialized physiotherapy search engine (using Google interface)
    • searches only for high quality physio info on the web
  • provide immediate information services
    • Library workshops’ registration and materials across BC are available from the blog
  • provide immediate information services
    • In-depth health info is provided via “how to” section on the blog
  • keeps up with community interests
    • RSS feeds for up-to-the-minute physiotherapy research from major biomedical databases (PubMed, CINAHL)
  • keeps up with community interests
    • RSS feeds for up-to-the-minute general science and health information from various sources
  • keeps a community informed of itself
    • work of community members is highlighted
  • keeps a community informed of itself
    • local authors publications are highlighted
  • shares community’s interests with others
    • Audiocasts of UBC Physio events are recorded and distributed (UBC IR)
  • shares community’s interests with others
    • Audiocasts of local physio workshops and seminars are recorded and distributed (please be aware of copyright!)
  • the result?
    • Our users LOVE it!
      • “ Thank you for moving the profession into the 21st century”
      • “ Great service you are offering the physio community”
      • “ Thank-you Eugene! I have been listening to these files with my .mp3 player and it's so convenient!  Thank-you for going to the effort to do this for us, especially those of us on the island that cannot attend some of the presentations.  I hope you will be doing more podcasts.”
  • stats, graphs…
    • keeps the stats from visits
    • distribution of visitors
  • a story….
    • physio in Smithers using IM via the blog
    • patient with a neck pain
    • using therapeutic exercise
    • whether effective?
    • best practices / best evidence
    • answer found and provided in five minutes
  • More UBC Library blogs
    • Law Library blog - http://weblogs.elearning.ubc.ca/lawlib/
    • Alive since summer 2004. Says Elim Wong – “this is a great way to announce new books and things of interest to generally the Law Faculty and students. “
  • More UBC Library blogs
    • UBC Academic Search – Google Scholar blog - http:// weblogs.elearning.ubc.ca/googlescholar /
    • "To observe, document & comment on the evolution of academic-scholarly searching"
  • More UBC Library blogs
    • the Social Library blog - http://weblogs.elearning.ubc.ca/lawlib/
    • Discusses how librarians are using social software at UBC
  • More UBC Library blogs
    • Linguistics and Language Resources blog - http://weblogs.elearning.ubc.ca/lingua/
    • library weblog for linguistics faculty and students at UBC
  • More UBC Library blogs
    • psychology resources blog - http://weblogs.elearning.ubc.ca/psychresources/
    • name says it all
  • Managing UBC Library blogs
    • it is easy to co-author more than one blog, collaboration is the nature of blogging
  • Contact info
    • Eugene Barsky, MLIS
    • Physiotherapy Outreach Librarian
    • Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
    • University of British Columbia
    • Phone: (604) 827-4088
    • Fax: (604) 822-9122
    • Email: [email_address]
    • MSN/Meebo: [email_address]
    • Blog: http://weblogs.elearning.ubc.ca/physio/
    • Web: http://www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca/