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    • BLOGs & RSS Eiman Elnoshokaty E-Resources Unit
    • 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?
    • “ Push-button publishing for the people” .. Blogger changed the face of the web!
    • TIME person of the year Published: 13 Dec 2006 URL:,9171,1569514,00.html
    • Jargon! Blog blogging blogger post publish Bloggrolling Archive Permalink Widgets Feeds Aggregator Follower Blogsphere
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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.
    • Blog Page Example 1 3 2 4 5 6
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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
    • Blogging Software: Hosting Services
        • Blogger:
        • Pitas:
        • Live Journal:
        • WordPress:
        • Easy Journal:
    • 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.)
    • 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!
    • 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 -
    • 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
    • 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
    • Blogs as a Source of Information ?
        • Format ideal for current awareness
        • Knowledge/expertise sharing
        • Check quality blogs from selections/recommendations/awards
    • 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
        • 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.
    • 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
    • 1. Copy the URL for the blog/website/alert you want to follow
    • 2. Go to OR Cont ’ d
    • 3. Login to Google 4. Paste the URL Cont ’ d
    • 5. Browse feeds Cont ’ d
    • RSS in Databases
        • Search Feeds
        • Journal articles Feeds
        • New titles: topic
    • RSS in Databases – General Onefile
    • RSS in Databases - EBSCOhost
    • RSS in Databases – ScienceDirect
    • 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
    • Check out useful articles, blogs, and websites:
    • Thank you! Eiman Elnoshokaty Ext. 1860