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  • 1. BLOGs & RSS Eiman Elnoshokaty E-Resources Unit
  • 2. Source: Encyclopedia Britannica Online
      • Short for  Web log  or   Weblog   online journal where an individual, group, or corporation presents a record of activities, thoughts, or beliefs.
    What Is a Blog?
  • 3. “ Push-button publishing for the people” .. Blogger changed the face of the web!
  • 4. TIME person of the year Published: 13 Dec 2006 URL:,9171,1569514,00.html
  • 5. Jargon! Blog blogging blogger post publish Bloggrolling Archive Permalink Widgets Feeds Aggregator Follower Blogsphere
  • 6. Components of a Typical Blog
      • Title of Blog – Unique Name for your blog
      • Title of Individual Entry or Posting
      • Date Stamp for each entry – This is the time the entry is posted to the blog.
      • Main Body of individual entry - Sentence, paragraph or essay with links and names and current news
  • 7. Components of a Typical Blog Cont.
      • Author - Blogger!
      • Archives – Listing of past posts either by category or date
      • Permalink – Reference link to a permanent page just for one post.
      • Comments (optional) – Allows readers to react to post
      • Tags (optional) – Allows the blogger to describe posts
  • 8. Components of a Typical Blog Cont.
      • Other Links (optional) – Links to related pages, author ’ s favorite pages etc. 
      • Widgets (AKA features) – examples are: RSS feeds, calendar of events, ilike, polls, chat, search, share, others.
  • 9. Blog Page Example 1 3 2 4 5 6
  • 10. Typical Kinds of Blogs
      • Political Blogs
    • Ex.: Demaghy, Nora Younis, etc
      • Personal Diaries of life-changing experiences
      • Proffesional Blogs
    • Ex. Public Library Association blog, Libworm–ALA, LOC blog, etc
  • 11. Why Should Our Library Have a Blog?
      • Marketing: Promote Library events and programs, list new movies, books and links to their reviews.
      • News: Keep patrons informed of new collections, events, and more
      • Staff Picks: Great for community building, share music, books, movies that are favorites. This is also a great help for Reader’s Advisory.
    Online Book Discussions: Let readers post comments Staff Development: Share tips and tricks with software, search engines etc. Knowledge Sharing: Post difficult reference questions and resources used to answer them. In addition to sharing new, worthwhile sites.
  • 12. Pause Before You Blog to consider…
      • Purpose of the blog
      • Who will be in charge of setting up and maintaining the blog?
      • How will you train your staff to post/use blog?
      • Ease of use
      • Features needed/required on blog
  • 13. Blogging Software: Hosting Services
      • Blogger:
      • Pitas:
      • Live Journal:
      • WordPress:
      • Easy Journal:
  • 14. Things to Look for in Hosting Services :
      • How many authors/contributors are allowed on each blog?
      • How many blogs are allowed for the price?
      • Are they strictly for personal use or may they be used by organizations?
      • Is there good documentation and support?
      • Do they include all of the features you need/desire? (RSS, comments, graphics etc.)
  • 15. Library Blogs
      • Library of Congress Blog
      • The New York Public Library Blog
      • Teen Services at the LFPL
      • The Lubin Files
      • Les blogs de la BnF
      • .. And more!
  • 16. Library & Information Science Blogs
      • VIP2 – - For visually impaired persons and librarians who serve them
      • Resource Shelf – - Resources and news for Information Professionals
      • A Librarian ’ s Guide to Etiquette
      • i librarian - - Online Education Database (OEDB) blog directed for librarians
      • Library Weblogs -
  • 17. Blogs by Individual Librarians
      • Free Range Librarian - - Karen Schneider ’ s Postcards from the Edge of Librarianship
      • The Shifted Librarian – - Jenny Levine ’ s webpage – also has one for Moblogging!
      • Library Stuff – - Library weblog “ dedicated to resources for keeping current and professional development ” by Steven Cohen
  • 18. Finding Blogs on the Internet
      • Peter Scott’s List of Library Weblogs : International in scope, this list is broken down by country.
      • OR:
    • Check recommendations through your aggregator
      • Google Blogsearch
      • Technorati Blog Finder
      • IceRocket Blog Search
      • Feedster Blog Search
  • 19. Blogs as a Source of Information ?
      • Format ideal for current awareness
      • Knowledge/expertise sharing
      • Check quality blogs from selections/recommendations/awards
  • 20. Creating a Blog Using Blogger
      • Go to
      • Set up an account with username and password (you can use your Google account)
      • Select a name for your blog
      • Select a template (Can be changed later)
      • Pick and choose features
  • 21.
      • RSS means various things – “Really Simple Syndication” or “Rich Site Summary”
      • Often called an “Internet headline Service”
      • Using a RSS reader (aggregator) you can subscribe to various blogs and have headlines and/or abstracts delivered to your reader.
      • Saves time since it all goes to one spot.
  • 22. Feed Aggregators
      • Also known as feed readers.
      • Software that tracks a list of feeds and displays new articles.
      • If you use the Firefox or Internet Explorer web browsers, a website with a feed will be shown in the address bar with a feed icon similar to this one:
      • Many web pages now publish a feed of their content. Usually, they’ll use a graphic to show readers that a feed is available.
      • Feed readers can be downloaded to your computer , or you can use an online feed reader .
    •        Examples are: BlogLines, Google Reader          , My Yahoo!, and others
      • For a list of available desktop and web-based feed readers, see
  • 23. 1. Copy the URL for the blog/website/alert you want to follow
  • 24. 2. Go to OR Cont ’ d
  • 25. 3. Login to Google 4. Paste the URL Cont ’ d
  • 26. 5. Browse feeds Cont ’ d
  • 27. RSS in Databases
      • Search Feeds
      • Journal articles Feeds
      • New titles: topic
  • 28. RSS in Databases – General Onefile
  • 29. RSS in Databases - EBSCOhost
  • 30. RSS in Databases – ScienceDirect
  • 31. Wrapping Up….
      • Be sure you really want a blog.
      • Start simple. Then consider upgrading if necessary.
      • Keep it current or remove it!
      • Careful before you consider a blog an information source
  • 32. Check out useful articles, blogs, and websites:
  • 33. Thank you! Eiman Elnoshokaty Ext. 1860