The Role of Blogs in the Library

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The Role of Blogs in the Library

  1. 1. The Role of Blogs in (the) Library : Pros & Cons Association of Special Librarians of the Philippines (ASLP) Manila International Book Fair 2006 August 31, 2006
  2. 2. Content Outline <ul><li>Group Dynamics </li></ul><ul><li>Content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Of blogs and librarians </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Why blogging? Why not? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ready? Get set? Blog! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Open Forum </li></ul>
  3. 3. Group Dynamics <ul><li>Get a piece of paper </li></ul><ul><li>Write your name </li></ul><ul><li>Answer the following questions: </li></ul><ul><li>What do you like most about being a librarian? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you dislike most about being a librarian? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you expect to “bring home” with you today? </li></ul><ul><li>Box of colors </li></ul><ul><li>Group yourselves according to color (10 colors) </li></ul><ul><li>Have you found your group? </li></ul><ul><li>Assign a facilitator, scribe & reporter </li></ul><ul><li>Buzz group sharing </li></ul><ul><li>Big group sharing </li></ul>
  4. 4. Of blogs & librarians <ul><li>Blogs may be… </li></ul><ul><li>- Phenomenal vs. Trivial </li></ul><ul><li>- Empowering vs. Confusing </li></ul><ul><li>… the Web has become more and more important as a medium of publishing and communication…Weblogs are very much apart of the Web, and likely to follow the development path that the Web itself has taken. </li></ul><ul><li>- Dr. Laurel Anne Clyde </li></ul>
  5. 5. Of blogs & librarians <ul><li>… a web page containing, brief, chronologically, arranged items of information (Scott, 2002) </li></ul><ul><li>… a website that contains brief entries arranged in reverse chronological order (Fichter, 2003) </li></ul><ul><li>“ The blog concept is about three things: Frequency . Brevity . Personality .” </li></ul><ul><li>- Evan Williams, Blogger Creator </li></ul>
  6. 6. Blograrians http://filipinolibrarian.blogspot.com http://filteachlibrarian.blogspot.com/ http://aczafra.com/ http://clair.free.net.ph/ http://www.baratillo.net/ http://lovealibrarian.blogspot.com/
  7. 7. Group Blogs, Lists & Directories Women Blogs & Bloggers http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/rihlib/ Library Blogs & Blograrians from All Over http://www.libdex.com/weblogs.html List of Law Library Blogs http://library.law.wisc.edu/wisblawg/blogslistpublic. htm Pinoy Teachers Network http://pinoyteachersnetwork.blog-city.com Pinoy Top Blogs www. pinoytopblogs .com/ http://www.yugatech.com/blogs/ http://pinoyblog.com/
  8. 8. Why blogging? Why not? <ul><li>Free or Inexpensive </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to use and learn </li></ul><ul><li>Archiving or database feature </li></ul><ul><li>Links and networking </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback and comments </li></ul><ul><li>Syndication & Copyright </li></ul><ul><li>PR & Marketing Tool </li></ul>
  9. 9. PR & Marketing Tool <ul><li>Promoting library events </li></ul><ul><li>Information Dissemination - CAS & SDI </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging & fostering support to the community </li></ul><ul><li>Building new ties & linkages </li></ul><ul><li>Enhancing leadership role & positive image </li></ul><ul><li>Every blog produced by librarians, no matter how casual, represents librarianship to the world. (Schneider, 2005) </li></ul>
  10. 10. Ready? Get set? Blog! <ul><li>Consider your strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Set your objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Know your audience & potential readers </li></ul><ul><li>Decide on the content & scope of your blog </li></ul><ul><li>Examine the available technology </li></ul><ul><li>(Fichter, 2003) </li></ul><ul><li>Learn! Unlearn! Relearn! </li></ul>
  11. 11. Responsible Blogging <ul><li>Be transparent </li></ul><ul><li>Be fair </li></ul><ul><li>Cite sources </li></ul><ul><li>Get it right </li></ul><ul><li>If you broke it, fix it  </li></ul><ul><li>(Stephens & Schneider, 2005) </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  12. 12. Open Forum & Some Ads  <ul><li>Blogs with Substance : A Blogging Workshop for Librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Sept. 9, 2006 / 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>628.26.20 / 09209602884 </li></ul><ul><li>Php 1,500.00 </li></ul><ul><li>Venue TBA (Quezon City, Aurora Ave.) </li></ul>

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