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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: 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 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: http://www.blogger.com
      • Pitas: http://www.pitas.com/
      • Live Journal: http://www.livejournal.com
      • WordPress: http://wordpress.com
      • Easy Journal: http://www.easyjournal.com/
  • 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 – http://vip2.blogspot.com - For visually impaired persons and librarians who serve them
    •  
      • Resource Shelf – http://resourceshelf.freepint.com/ - Resources and news for Information Professionals
      • A Librarian ’ s Guide to Etiquette
    • http://libetiquette.blogspot.com/
      • i librarian - http://oedb.org/blogs/ilibrarian/ - Online Education Database (OEDB) blog directed for librarians
      • Library Weblogs - http://www.libdex.com/weblogs.html
  • Blogs by Individual Librarians
      • Free Range Librarian - http://freerangelibrarian.com/ - Karen Schneider ’ s Postcards from the Edge of Librarianship
      • The Shifted Librarian – http://www.theshiftedlibrarian.com - Jenny Levine ’ s webpage – also has one for Moblogging!
    •  
      • Library Stuff – http://www.librarystuff.net - 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 http://blogger.com
      • 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.
    RSS
  • 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 http://www.newsonfeeds.com/faq/aggregators
  • 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
      • 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: http://delicious.com/e_resources
  • Thank you! Eiman Elnoshokaty Ext. 1860