Eugene Barsky - Blogging in UBC Library


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    1. 1. 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]
    2. 2. what’s it all about? <ul><li>what are blogs </li></ul><ul><li>what we do with blogs </li></ul><ul><li>how other UBC Librarians use blogs </li></ul>
    3. 3. what are blogs? <ul><li>defining blogs… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>think online journal about a subject </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>arranged in reverse chronological order </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>updated frequently </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>short posts, usually containing personal commentary and links </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. what are blogs? <ul><li>“ the blog concept is about three things: Frequency, Brevity, and Personality” </li></ul><ul><li>evan williams </li></ul><ul><li>creator, Blogger software </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
    5. 5. UBC Physio Info-Blog
    6. 6. UBC Physio Info-Blog – why blogging? <ul><li>the Physio Outreach Librarian is working with 1,700 practicing physiotherapists in BC, who belong to Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia </li></ul><ul><li>the physios are located anywhere in the province from Terrace to Cranbrook to Nanaimo </li></ul><ul><li>the challenge is to serve information needs of practicing health professionals </li></ul>
    7. 7. UBC Physio Info-Blog – why? <ul><li>provide immediate information services </li></ul><ul><li>keep up with community interests </li></ul><ul><li>keep the community informed of itself </li></ul><ul><li>share community’s interests with others </li></ul>
    8. 8. provide immediate information services <ul><li>immediate reference service by the librarian via Instant Messaging (using MeeboMe gadget) </li></ul><ul><li>no need for personal IM account </li></ul>
    9. 9. provide immediate information services <ul><li>specialized physiotherapy search engine (using Google interface) </li></ul><ul><li>searches only for high quality physio info on the web </li></ul>
    10. 10. provide immediate information services <ul><li>Library workshops’ registration and materials across BC are available from the blog </li></ul>
    11. 11. provide immediate information services <ul><li>In-depth health info is provided via “how to” section on the blog </li></ul>
    12. 12. keeps up with community interests <ul><li>RSS feeds for up-to-the-minute physiotherapy research from major biomedical databases (PubMed, CINAHL) </li></ul>
    13. 13. keeps up with community interests <ul><li>RSS feeds for up-to-the-minute general science and health information from various sources </li></ul>
    14. 14. keeps a community informed of itself <ul><li>work of community members is highlighted </li></ul>
    15. 15. keeps a community informed of itself <ul><li>local authors publications are highlighted </li></ul>
    16. 16. shares community’s interests with others <ul><li>Audiocasts of UBC Physio events are recorded and distributed (UBC IR) </li></ul>
    17. 17. shares community’s interests with others <ul><li>Audiocasts of local physio workshops and seminars are recorded and distributed (please be aware of copyright!) </li></ul>
    18. 18. the result? <ul><li>Our users LOVE it! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Thank you for moving the profession into the 21st century” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ Great service you are offering the physio community” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ 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.” </li></ul></ul>
    19. 19. stats, graphs… <ul><li>keeps the stats from visits </li></ul><ul><li>distribution of visitors </li></ul>
    20. 20. a story…. <ul><li>physio in Smithers using IM via the blog </li></ul><ul><li>patient with a neck pain </li></ul><ul><li>using therapeutic exercise </li></ul><ul><li>whether effective? </li></ul><ul><li>best practices / best evidence </li></ul><ul><li>answer found and provided in five minutes </li></ul>
    21. 21. More UBC Library blogs <ul><li>Law Library blog - </li></ul><ul><li>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. “ </li></ul>
    22. 22. More UBC Library blogs <ul><li>UBC Academic Search – Google Scholar blog - http:// / </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;To observe, document & comment on the evolution of academic-scholarly searching&quot; </li></ul>
    23. 23. More UBC Library blogs <ul><li>the Social Library blog - </li></ul><ul><li>Discusses how librarians are using social software at UBC </li></ul>
    24. 24. More UBC Library blogs <ul><li>Linguistics and Language Resources blog - </li></ul><ul><li>library weblog for linguistics faculty and students at UBC </li></ul>
    25. 25. More UBC Library blogs <ul><li>psychology resources blog - </li></ul><ul><li>name says it all </li></ul>
    26. 26. Managing UBC Library blogs <ul><li>it is easy to co-author more than one blog, collaboration is the nature of blogging </li></ul>
    27. 27. Contact info <ul><li>Eugene Barsky, MLIS </li></ul><ul><li>Physiotherapy Outreach Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Irving K. Barber Learning Centre </li></ul><ul><li>University of British Columbia </li></ul><ul><li>Phone: (604) 827-4088 </li></ul><ul><li>Fax: (604) 822-9122 </li></ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>MSN/Meebo: [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Blog: </li></ul><ul><li>Web: </li></ul>