We Have a Library Blog! Now What?

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Staring at a blank screen trying to think of something for the library blog? We'll review great blog examples that inspire ideas for blog content, and we'll discuss how you can organize those ideas …

Staring at a blank screen trying to think of something for the library blog? We'll review great blog examples that inspire ideas for blog content, and we'll discuss how you can organize those ideas and plan ahead for timely, relevant blog topics.

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  • Who has a library blog?Who writes for the library blog?Who is solely responsible for blog?
  • The idea for this presentation came while I was searching for ideas for news posts.I had a feeling I couldn’t be alone in this.Today, I wanted to discuss ideas for posts and give all of you an opportunity to share your ideas.
  • We’ll discuss where to start with thinking about writing for a library blog, look at examples for inspiration, and then talk about how to organize ideas and plan for blogging.
  • First question to ask:What’s the purpose of your library’s blog?What is your vision or mission for it?http://www.flickr.com/photos/courtneymcgough/2704127195/
  • Next question:Who is your audience?
  • What kind of tone do you want to set?How do you want to represent your library?A new blog, a new writer, or a new post offers a blank slate, but it helps to think about this as you start or change over time.
  • How much time and effort do you have to put into this?Think about how often you want to post and the length of the posts you want to put up.
  • So, let’s talk about some ideas for posts.I wanted to take this opportunity to share great ideas that have inspired me and to also share the great things I see happening in other libraries, particularly Georgia libraries.
  • Help with ResearchNorth Georgia College and State University Libraryhttp://ngcsulibrary.edublogs.org/2012/09/12/help-with-research-2/Need Help? You Can Text Us.Georgia State University Library Bloghttp://homer.gsu.edu/blogs/library/2011/02/28/need-help-you-can-text-us/
  • From the blog of the Digital Library of Georgiahttp://blog.dlg.galileo.usg.edu/Death and the Civil Warhttp://blog.dlg.galileo.usg.edu/?p=3740Morril Land-Grant Act Sesquicentennialhttp://blog.dlg.galileo.usg.edu/?p=3589
  • GALILEO is a Powerful ToolMCCLS Bookworm (Moultrie-Colquitt County Library System)http://mcclsbookworm.blogspot.com/2012/08/galileo-at-library-is-powerful-tool.htmlYes, I included this because they are promoting GALILEO, but I appreciate their friendly approach to sharing with patrons by letting them know what they can do with particular resources.
  • Waiting for the Great PumpkinView from the LibraryChattahoochee Technical Collegehttp://northmetrotechlibraryatacworth.blogspot.com/2011/10/waiting-for-great-pumpkin.htmlLeaping AboutView from the Libraryhttp://northmetrotechlibraryatacworth.blogspot.com/2012/02/leaping-about.html
  • Financial Literary Resources in GPC LibrariesGeorgia Perimeter Collegehttp://gpclibraries.wordpress.com/2012/08/21/financial-literacy-resources-at-the-gpc-libraries/
  • How to Prepare for the Zombie ApocalypseGeorgia State University Library Bloghttp://homer.gsu.edu/blogs/library/2011/05/20/how-to-prepare-for-the-zombie-apocalypse/
  • Hot Document in SeptemberTarver Library NewsMercer University, Maconhttp://tarverlibrarynews.blogspot.com/2010/09/hot-document-in-september.htmlhttp://tarverlibrarynews.blogspot.com/search/label/government%20documentshttp://tarverlibrarynews.blogspot.com/search/label/government%20informationHot Doc: White House Apphttp://blogs.georgiasouthern.edu/zachsnews/2012/09/13/hot-doc-white-house-app/http://blogs.georgiasouthern.edu/zachsnews/tag/government-documents-2/
  • Squirrell Wars!!!DCPL LiveDeKalb County Public Libraryhttp://dcplive.dekalblibrary.org/2012/05/16/squirrel-wars/
  • 225 Years of the ConstitutionOdum Library BlogValdosta State Universityhttp://www.valdosta.edu/library/blog/2012/09/15/225-years-of-the-constitution/Online exhibithttp://www.valdosta.edu/library/find/gov/ConstitutionDay2012.shtml
  • Almost Daily Photo (tooth brushing model)Odum Library Blog, Valdosta State Universityhttp://www.valdosta.edu/library/blog/2011/11/17/almost-daily-photo-73/(Almost) Daily Photo (puppet collection)Odum Library Blog, Valdosta State Universityhttp://www.valdosta.edu/library/blog/2009/07/15/almost-daily-photo-34/
  • Great Paper Topics in ScienceAgnes Scott College, McCain Libraryhttp://asclibrary.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/great-paper-topics-in-science/
  • CitationsView from the LibraryChattahoochee Technical Collegehttp://northmetrotechlibraryatacworth.blogspot.com/2012/05/citations.htmlZotero to Replace RefWorksTarver Library NewsMercer University, Maconhttp://libraries.mercer.edu/news-events/jack-tarver-library-news/zotero-to-replace-refworksZotero Workshop VideoJason Puckett Librarian Xhttp://jasonpuckett.net/2012/05/07/zotero-workshop-video/
  • SCTC Library Blog (Southern Crescent Technical College)http://sctclibrary.blogspot.com/2012/09/send-us-your-tasteful-crazy-websites.html
  • GHC Student CenterGeorgia Highlands Collegehttp://ghclibraries.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/ghc-student-center/(Almost) Daily PhotoOdum Library BlogValdosta State Universityhttp://www.valdosta.edu/library/blog/2011/08/03/almost-daily-photo-72/
  • Library on Duck TourClayton State Library Bloghttp://claytonstatelibrary.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/casaduck2012/
  • Get Caught ReadingDalton State Roberts Libraryhttp://dscrobertslibrary.blogspot.com/2012/05/get-caught-reading-roberts-library_08.html
  • Culinary Travel GuideCobb County Public Library Systemhttp://www.cobbcat.org/blog/?p=543
  • Spotted at the Library!Columbus State University Library Bloghttp://csulibraries.blogspot.com/2012/09/spotted-at-library.html
  • Honors Dean Larry Berman Reading New Book at Carter LibraryGeorgia State University Library Bloghttp://homer.gsu.edu/blogs/library/2012/10/02/dean-berman-reading-new-book-at-carter-library-109/
  • Not AmusedAtlanta History Center Tumblrhttp://atlantahistorycenter.tumblr.com/post/30589316396/carousels-are-too-mainstream-browse-and-order1910 view of downtown Atlanta from the corner of Marietta and Peachtree StreetsAtlanta History Center Tumblrhttp://atlantahistorycenter.tumblr.com/post/30932291073/1910-view-of-downtown-atlanta-from-the-corner-of
  • Atlanta History Center TumblrBaltimore BlockMashuphttp://atlantahistorycenter.tumblr.com/post/22392370623/ghost-image-mash-up-photo-of-atlantas-baltimoreDr. King Birthplacehttp://atlantahistorycenter.tumblr.com/post/18608384653/1975-view-of-the-birthplace-of-dr-martin-lutherhttp://atlantahistorycenter.tumblr.com/search/then+and+now
  • Cheer Up! Bacon Long Dreamed of Is Coming SoonThis Day in Athens Historyhttp://accheritage.blogspot.com/2011/11/29-november-1945-cheer-up-bacon-long.html
  • Photo of the Week: Unidentified Intersection, Atlanta, 1966Georgia State University Library Bloghttp://homer.gsu.edu/blogs/library/2010/11/22/photo-of-the-week-unidentified-intersection-atlanta-1966/Photo of the Week: Aerial of Unknown Georgia TownGeorgia State University Library Bloghttp://homer.gsu.edu/blogs/library/2012/06/14/photo-of-the-week-aerial-of-unknown-georgia-town/http://homer.gsu.edu/blogs/library/tag/unidentified/
  • Questions? Comments?

Transcript

  • 1. We Have a Library Blog! Now What ? Courtney McGoughGeorgia Council of Media Organizations 2012
  • 2. Poll
  • 3. Need Ideas?
  • 4. Inspiration and Organization
  • 5. Vision http://www.flickr.com/photos/courtneymcgough/2704127195/
  • 6. Audience
  • 7. Tone or Voice
  • 8. Time and Effort
  • 9. Ideas…You don’t have to reinvent the wheel
  • 10. Promote Your Serviceshttp://ngcsulibrary.edublogs.org/2012/09/12/help-with-research-2/ http://homer.gsu.edu/blogs/library/2011/02/28/need-help-you-can- text-us/
  • 11. Use a Topic to PromoteItems from Your Collectionhttp://blog.dlg.galileo.usg.edu/?p=3740 http://blog.dlg.galileo.usg.edu/?p=3589
  • 12. Promote Databasesand Database Features http://mcclsbookworm.blogspot.com/2012/08/galileo-at-library-is-powerful-tool.html
  • 13. Post Library Resources for CurrentEvents http://northmetrotechlibraryatacworth.blogspot.com/2011/10/waiting-for-great-pumpkin.html http://northmetrotechlibraryatacworth.blogspot.com/2012/02/leaping-about.html
  • 14. Offer Practical Information toStudents http://gpclibraries.wordpress.com/2012/08/21/financial-literacy-resources-at-the-gpc-libraries/
  • 15. Public Service Announcementshttp://homer.gsu.edu/blogs/library/2011/05/20/how-to-prepare-for-the-zombie-apocalypse/
  • 16. Highlight Government Resourceshttp://tarverlibrarynews.blogspot.com/2010/09/hot-document-in-september.html http://blogs.georgiasouthern.edu/zachsnews/2012/09/13/hot-doc-white-house-ap
  • 17. Show Off Your Collection…and your great sense of humor http://dcplive.dekalblibrary.org/2012/05/16/squirrel-wars/
  • 18. Offer an Online Exhibit http://www.valdosta.edu/library/blog/2012/09/15/225-years-of-the-constitution/
  • 19. Point Out Interesting Items in the Collectionhttp://www.valdosta.edu/library/blog/2011/11/17/almost-daily-photo-73/ http://www.valdosta.edu/library/blog/2009/07/15/almost-daily-photo-34/
  • 20. Help with Paper Topics http://asclibrary.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/great-paper-topics-in-science/
  • 21. Help with Citations http://northmetrotechlibraryatacworth.blogspot.com/2012/05/citations.htm http://libraries.mercer.edu/news-events/jack-tarver-library-news/zotero-to-replace-rehttp://jasonpuckett.net/2012/05/07/zotero-workshop-video/
  • 22. Crowdsourcing Instruction http://sctclibrary.blogspot.com/2012/09/send-us-your-tasteful-crazy-websites.html
  • 23. Post Photos from Your Areahttp://ghclibraries.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/ghc-student-center/ http://www.valdosta.edu/library/blog/2011/08/03/almost-daily-photo-72/
  • 24. Participate in Community Events(and post cute duck pictures!) http://claytonstatelibrary.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/casaduck2012/
  • 25. Get Caught Reading http://dscrobertslibrary.blogspot.com/2012/05/get-caught-reading-roberts-library_08.html
  • 26. Get Patron Participation http://www.cobbcat.org/blog/?p=543
  • 27. Let the Students Be the Stars http://csulibraries.blogspot.com/2012/09/spotted-at-library.html
  • 28. Highlight Faculty and StaffAccomplishmentshttp://homer.gsu.edu/blogs/library/2012/10/02/dean-berman-reading-new-book-at-carter-library-109/
  • 29. Share Historical Photoshttp://atlantahistorycenter.tumblr.com/post/30589316396/carousels-are-too-mainstream-browse-and-order
  • 30. Georgia History…Then and Nowhttp://atlantahistorycenter.tumblr.com/post/22392370623/ghost-image-mash-up-photo-of-atlantas-baltimore http://atlantahistorycenter.tumblr.com/post/18608384653/1975-view-of-the-birthplace-of-dr-martin-l
  • 31. Relive Local Historyhttp://accheritage.blogspot.com/2011/11/29-november-1945-cheer-up-bacon-long.html
  • 32. Quiz Your Readershttp://homer.gsu.edu/blogs/library/2010/11/22/photo-of-the-week-unidentified-intersection-atlanta-1966/http://homer.gsu.edu/blogs/library/2012/06/14/photo-of-the-week-aerial-of-unknown-georgia-town/
  • 33. Organizing Ideas Notebook Email folder Google Docs Evernote Calendar
  • 34. Planning Posts Think ahead for blog topics during the next month, semester, season, or year Think about the best timing for posts Decide who will post what Use a calendar Write ahead when/if you find time Use blog software to schedule posts to appear on future dates
  • 35. Tips Photos  Take them  Use your own image resources  Britannica  Digital Library of Georgia  Digitized special collections that you have  Find images online with a Creative Commons license Look at your blog’s feed in a feed reader Don’t be afraid to “upcycle” (update and recycle) old posts if they are still relevant
  • 36. Questions? Comments?
  • 37. ContactCourtney McGoughGALILEO Support Servicescourtney.mcgough@usg.edu