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Blogging, RSS & Academic Libraries

Blogging, RSS & Academic Libraries



An overview of blogging and RSS in academic libraries.

An overview of blogging and RSS in academic libraries.



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  • Are you looking for a more effective way to communicate within your library, and with your library patrons? This presentation starts with an overview of blogging in academic libraries. It uses real world examples from academic libraries to illustrate applications and best practices, and wraps up with a discussion of RSS – what it is and its use in the academic environment

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  • Blogging, RSS & Academic Libraries Applications & Technology
    • Why Blog?
    • A quick , easy and affordable way to market your library’s services, interact with users, and collaborate with staff.
    • Finding Academic Library Blogs
    • Google search ‘blog university library’
    • Wiki of academic library blogs
    • Blogging libraries wiki
    • Library Weblogs
    • Blogging presentations at conferences
    • Types of Academic Library Blogs
    • Library news
    • Public relations
    • Staff communication / intranet
    • Special projects
    • Subject resources
    • Library instruction
    • Library Director blogs
  • Starting a Library Blog
    • Consider purpose & audience
    • Choose blogging software
    • Develop a blogging policy
    • Select a theme or template for the blog
    • Consider staffing issues
    • Post content
    • Market your blog
  • Popular Blogging Software
    • Enhance Your Blog
    • Use Flickr and LibraryThing to add photos.
    • Let users subscribe with Feedburner .
    • Allow other sites to syndicate your content .
    • Interact with patrons using Meebo.
    • Make it del.icio.us .
    • Include Pages – ‘Top Posts’, ‘About Us’.
    • Build a multi-lingual blog.
    • Managing Your Blog Reading List
    • There are so many blogs, how can you keep up?
      • RSS
      • Feedreaders, aggregators
    • RSS Compendium is a list with links to a variety of RSS readers categorized by different platforms:
      • http://allrss.com/rssreaders.html
    • Moving Forward with RSS
    • Start with a web-based aggregator like Bloglines , GoogleReader or NetVibes .
    • Find feeds of interest on LISFeeds, Google (subject + RSS), or an RSS search engine .
    • Read your aggregator daily.
    • Start a blog and provide feeds of your library’s news and events.
    • How Libraries are Using Feeds
    • Syndicating blog content (on Web sites – including Facebook, into online courseware, etc.).
    • Creating OPML packages for library patrons.
    • Subject guides , Podcast directories
    • RSS feeds from the ILS
      • New books feeds
      • Search feeds
      • Feeds of checked-out books and holds
    • RSS feeds from databases
      • News feeds
      • Search feeds
      • Subject bibliographies
    • More information on Blogging
      • Blogging in Academic Libraries ACRL/CNI/EDUCAUSE Virtual Conference
      • Blogs and Wikis Workshop by Kate Pitcher
      • Why and How to Use Blogs to Promote Your Library’s Services by Darlene Fichter
      • 10 Questions Every Blogger Should Ask Before Posting by Damien Van Vroenhoven
    • More information on RSS
      • RSS in Plain English (Video)
      • Bloglines for Librarians in Three (and a half) Easy Steps by Joy Weese Moll
      • Using RSS to increase user awareness of e-resources in academic libraries by Jat Bhatt. HigherEd BlogCon
      • more things you can do with RSS: 14 “Other” Ways to Use RSS , Things you can do with RSS wiki
      • RSS4Lib : Blog about innovative ways libraries use RSS
    • This presentation is available at:
    • http://www.slideshare.net
    • Denise O’Shea
    • Systems Librarian
    • Fairleigh Dickinson University & CoolCAT
    • [email_address]
  • Credits
    • Blogging Readiness by cambodia4kidsorg , available at:
      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/cambodia4kidsorg/267060150/
    • Through the eye of the needle by Viejito, available at:
      • http://www.flickr.com/photos/viejito/179747774/