BLOGs & RSS Eiman Elnoshokaty E-Resources Unit
Source:  Encyclopedia Britannica Online <ul><ul><li>Short for  Web log   or   Weblog    online journal where an individual...
“ Push-button publishing for the people” ..  Blogger changed the face of the web!
TIME person of the year Published: 13 Dec 2006 URL: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1569514,00.html
Jargon! Blog  blogging  blogger  post  publish  Bloggrolling  Archive   Permalink  Widgets Feeds   Aggregator  Follower Bl...
Components of a Typical Blog <ul><ul><li>Title of Blog – Unique Name for your blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Title of Ind...
Components of a Typical Blog  Cont. <ul><ul><li>Author - Blogger! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Archives – Listing of past po...
Components of a Typical Blog  Cont. <ul><ul><li>Other Links (optional)  –  Links to related pages, author ’ s favorite pag...
Blog Page Example 1 3 2 4 5 6
Typical Kinds of Blogs <ul><ul><li>Political Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ex.: Demaghy, Nora Younis, etc </li></ul><ul><li...
Why Should  Our  Library Have a Blog? <ul><ul><li>Marketing:  Promote Library events and programs, list new movies, books ...
Pause   Before You Blog to consider… <ul><ul><li>Purpose of the blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who will be in charge of s...
Blogging Software: Hosting Services <ul><ul><li>Blogger:  http://www.blogger.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pitas:  http:/...
Things to Look for in  Hosting Services : <ul><ul><li>How many authors/contributors are allowed on each blog? </li></ul></...
Library Blogs <ul><ul><li>Library of Congress Blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The New York Public Library Blog </li></ul><...
Library & Information Science Blogs <ul><ul><li>VIP2  –   http://vip2.blogspot.com  - For visually impaired persons and li...
Blogs by Individual Librarians <ul><ul><li>Free Range Librarian -  http://freerangelibrarian.com/ -  Karen Schneider ’ s P...
Finding Blogs on the Internet <ul><ul><li>Peter Scott’s List of Library Weblogs : International in scope, this list is bro...
Blogs as a Source of Information ? <ul><ul><li>Format ideal for current awareness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge/exp...
Creating a Blog Using Blogger <ul><ul><li>Go to  http://blogger.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set up an account with user...
<ul><ul><li>RSS means various things – “Really Simple Syndication” or “Rich Site Summary”  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ofte...
Feed Aggregators <ul><ul><li>Also known as feed readers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Software that tracks a list of feeds a...
1. Copy the URL for the blog/website/alert you want to follow
2. Go to  https://www.google.com/reader  OR Cont ’ d
3. Login to Google 4. Paste the URL Cont ’ d
5. Browse feeds Cont ’ d
RSS in Databases <ul><ul><li>Search Feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Journal articles Feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New...
RSS in Databases  –  General Onefile
RSS in Databases  -  EBSCOhost
RSS in Databases  –  ScienceDirect
Wrapping Up…. <ul><ul><li>Be sure you really want a blog. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Start simple. Then consider upgrading...
Check out useful articles, blogs, and websites: http://delicious.com/e_resources
Thank you! Eiman Elnoshokaty Ext. 1860
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  1. 1. BLOGs & RSS Eiman Elnoshokaty E-Resources Unit
  2. 2. Source: Encyclopedia Britannica Online <ul><ul><li>Short for  Web log  or   Weblog   online journal where an individual, group, or corporation presents a record of activities, thoughts, or beliefs. </li></ul></ul>What Is a Blog?
  3. 3. “ Push-button publishing for the people” .. Blogger changed the face of the web!
  4. 4. TIME person of the year Published: 13 Dec 2006 URL: http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1569514,00.html
  5. 5. Jargon! Blog blogging blogger post publish Bloggrolling Archive Permalink Widgets Feeds Aggregator Follower Blogsphere
  6. 6. Components of a Typical Blog <ul><ul><li>Title of Blog – Unique Name for your blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Title of Individual Entry or Posting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Date Stamp for each entry – This is the time the entry is posted to the blog. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Main Body of individual entry - Sentence, paragraph or essay with links and names and current news </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Components of a Typical Blog Cont. <ul><ul><li>Author - Blogger! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Archives – Listing of past posts either by category or date </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Permalink – Reference link to a permanent page just for one post. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comments (optional) – Allows readers to react to post </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tags (optional) – Allows the blogger to describe posts </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Components of a Typical Blog Cont. <ul><ul><li>Other Links (optional) – Links to related pages, author ’ s favorite pages etc.  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Widgets (AKA features) – examples are: RSS feeds, calendar of events, ilike, polls, chat, search, share, others. </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Blog Page Example 1 3 2 4 5 6
  10. 10. Typical Kinds of Blogs <ul><ul><li>Political Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ex.: Demaghy, Nora Younis, etc </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Personal Diaries of life-changing experiences </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proffesional Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ex. Public Library Association blog, Libworm–ALA, LOC blog, etc </li></ul>
  11. 11. Why Should Our Library Have a Blog? <ul><ul><li>Marketing: Promote Library events and programs, list new movies, books and links to their reviews. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>News: Keep patrons informed of new collections, events, and more </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff Picks: Great for community building, share music, books, movies that are favorites. This is also a great help for Reader’s Advisory. </li></ul></ul>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. 12. Pause Before You Blog to consider… <ul><ul><li>Purpose of the blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who will be in charge of setting up and maintaining the blog? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How will you train your staff to post/use blog? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ease of use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Features needed/required on blog </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Blogging Software: Hosting Services <ul><ul><li>Blogger: http://www.blogger.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pitas: http://www.pitas.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Live Journal: http://www.livejournal.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>WordPress: http://wordpress.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Easy Journal: http://www.easyjournal.com/ </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Things to Look for in Hosting Services : <ul><ul><li>How many authors/contributors are allowed on each blog? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How many blogs are allowed for the price? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Are they strictly for personal use or may they be used by organizations? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Is there good documentation and support? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do they include all of the features you need/desire? (RSS, comments, graphics etc.) </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Library Blogs <ul><ul><li>Library of Congress Blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The New York Public Library Blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teen Services at the LFPL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Lubin Files </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Les blogs de la BnF </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>.. And more! </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Library & Information Science Blogs <ul><ul><li>VIP2 – http://vip2.blogspot.com - For visually impaired persons and librarians who serve them </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Resource Shelf – http://resourceshelf.freepint.com/ - Resources and news for Information Professionals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A Librarian ’ s Guide to Etiquette </li></ul></ul><ul><li>http://libetiquette.blogspot.com/ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>i librarian - http://oedb.org/blogs/ilibrarian/ - Online Education Database (OEDB) blog directed for librarians </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Weblogs - http://www.libdex.com/weblogs.html </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Blogs by Individual Librarians <ul><ul><li>Free Range Librarian - http://freerangelibrarian.com/ - Karen Schneider ’ s Postcards from the Edge of Librarianship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The Shifted Librarian – http://www.theshiftedlibrarian.com - Jenny Levine ’ s webpage – also has one for Moblogging! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Library Stuff – http://www.librarystuff.net - Library weblog “ dedicated to resources for keeping current and professional development ” by Steven Cohen </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Finding Blogs on the Internet <ul><ul><li>Peter Scott’s List of Library Weblogs : International in scope, this list is broken down by country. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>OR: </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Check recommendations through your aggregator </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Blogsearch </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technorati Blog Finder </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IceRocket Blog Search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feedster Blog Search </li></ul></ul>
  19. 19. Blogs as a Source of Information ? <ul><ul><li>Format ideal for current awareness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Knowledge/expertise sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Check quality blogs from selections/recommendations/awards </li></ul></ul>
  20. 20. Creating a Blog Using Blogger <ul><ul><li>Go to http://blogger.com </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set up an account with username and password (you can use your Google account) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Select a name for your blog </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Select a template (Can be changed later) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pick and choose features </li></ul></ul>
  21. 21. <ul><ul><li>RSS means various things – “Really Simple Syndication” or “Rich Site Summary” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Often called an “Internet headline Service” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using a RSS reader (aggregator) you can subscribe to various blogs and have headlines and/or abstracts delivered to your reader. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Saves time since it all goes to one spot. </li></ul></ul>RSS
  22. 22. Feed Aggregators <ul><ul><li>Also known as feed readers. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Software that tracks a list of feeds and displays new articles. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>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: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many web pages now publish a feed of their content. Usually, they’ll use a graphic to show readers that a feed is available. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Feed readers can be downloaded to your computer , or you can use an online feed reader . </li></ul></ul><ul><li>       Examples are: BlogLines, Google Reader          , My Yahoo!, and others </li></ul><ul><ul><li>For a list of available desktop and web-based feed readers, see http://www.newsonfeeds.com/faq/aggregators </li></ul></ul>
  23. 23. 1. Copy the URL for the blog/website/alert you want to follow
  24. 24. 2. Go to https://www.google.com/reader OR Cont ’ d
  25. 25. 3. Login to Google 4. Paste the URL Cont ’ d
  26. 26. 5. Browse feeds Cont ’ d
  27. 27. RSS in Databases <ul><ul><li>Search Feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Journal articles Feeds </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New titles: topic </li></ul></ul>
  28. 28. RSS in Databases – General Onefile
  29. 29. RSS in Databases - EBSCOhost
  30. 30. RSS in Databases – ScienceDirect
  31. 31. Wrapping Up…. <ul><ul><li>Be sure you really want a blog. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Start simple. Then consider upgrading if necessary. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep it current or remove it! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Careful before you consider a blog an information source </li></ul></ul>
  32. 32. Check out useful articles, blogs, and websites: http://delicious.com/e_resources
  33. 33. Thank you! Eiman Elnoshokaty Ext. 1860
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