Blogs & Wikis (and what you can do with them)

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Blogs & Wikis (and what you can do with them)

  1. 1. blogs w it h t h e m wikis w hat yo u can do and Amanda Etches-Johnson, MLA2008
  2. 2. let’s start with blogs
  3. 3. Blog = • Content management system • Posts displayed reverse-chronologically • Comments • Permalinks • Archives • Categories and/or tags
  4. 4. Why blog?
  5. 5. share library news & events
  6. 6. reach out to your users
  7. 7. chronicle the library
  8. 8. be human
  9. 9. be human
  10. 10. syndicate, syndicate, syndicate
  11. 11. To sum up... • Blogs are a great way to publish your library’s news & events • Use your blog to chronicle the library & tell your story • Reach out to your users and don’t be afraid to be human • Take full advantage of your blog’s RSS feed and syndicate, syndicate, syndicate
  12. 12. Let’s talk about wikis
  13. 13. Wiki = • Content management system • Collaborative authoring • Version control • Easy/no markup
  14. 14. Why wiki?
  15. 15. create/collaborate on subject guides
  16. 16. collect internal documentation
  17. 17. organize internal resources
  18. 18. get your content out there
  19. 19. build that community resource
  20. 20. build a knowledge base
  21. 21. To sum up... • A wiki is a great tool for • Subject guides • Internal documentation • Collecting resources • Building knowledge bases • Seek out or build a community resource using a wiki
  22. 22. So, what’s the difference? BLOGS WIKIS Organized by date Organized by links Single-author posts Multi-author pages Edit own content Edit everyone’s content Posts rarely change Pages constantly change
  23. 23. Bottom line? • These are just 2 tools in your toolbox! • Assess your needs, evaluate the options, choose your tool accordingly. • …(don’t do that backwards)
  24. 24. Thanks! /aej. pdf ary.n et/talk/mla2008 http://b logwithoutalibr
  25. 25. Examples used: • davidrothman.net http://davidrothman.net • Hardin Library News http://www.lib.uiowa.edu/hardin/ • Science @Charles Darwin http://science.blog.library.cdu.edu.au/ • Medical Research Library Reno http://libforum.downstate.edu/reno/ • Ask Sassy Systems http://sassysystems.blogspot.com/ • K-State Libraries http://ksulib.typepad.com/talking/ • UCSD Libraries http://tinyurl.com/2fc5vc • Ohio University Libraries Biz Wiki http://www.library.ohiou.edu/subjects/bizwiki/ • Albany County PL Staff Wiki http://albystaff.pbwiki.com/ • Antioch Staff Training Wiki http://www.seedwiki.com/wiki/antioch_university_new_england_library_staff_training_and_support_wiki/ • Rochester Wiki http://rocwiki.org/ • Stevens County Wiki Project http://www.scrldwiki.org/ • EBM Librarian http://ebmlibrarian.wetpaint.com/ Image credits: • I’m blogging this: http://www.flickr.com/photos/si08han/111909558/ • Why wikis? http://www.flickr.com/photos/grahamstanley/231632346/

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