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We Have a Library Blog! Now What Do We Blog…?


Staring at a blank screen trying to think of something for the library blog? We'll review great blog examples that inspire ideas for content, and we'll discuss how you can organize those ideas and …

Staring at a blank screen trying to think of something for the library blog? We'll review great blog examples that inspire ideas for content, and we'll discuss how you can organize those ideas and plan ahead for timely, relevant blog topics. Presented at GaCOMO12 by Courtney McGough.

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  • Who has a library blog?Who writes for the library blog?Who is solely responsible for blog?
  • The idea for this presentation came while I was searching for ideas for news posts.I had a feeling I couldn’t be alone in this.Today, I wanted to discuss ideas for posts and give all of you an opportunity to share your ideas.
  • We’ll discuss where to start with thinking about writing for a library blog, look at examples for inspiration, and then talk about how to organize ideas and plan for blogging.
  • First question to ask:What’s the purpose of your library’s blog?What is your vision or mission for it?
  • Next question:Who is your audience?
  • What kind of tone do you want to set?How do you want to represent your library?A new blog, a new writer, or a new post offers a blank slate, but it helps to think about this as you start or change over time.
  • How much time and effort do you have to put into this?Think about how often you want to post and the length of the posts you want to put up.
  • So, let’s talk about some ideas for posts.I wanted to take this opportunity to share great ideas that have inspired me and to also share the great things I see happening in other libraries, particularly Georgia libraries.
  • Help with ResearchNorth Georgia College and State University Library Help? You Can Text Us.Georgia State University Library Blog
  • From the blog of the Digital Library of Georgia and the Civil War Land-Grant Act Sesquicentennial
  • GALILEO is a Powerful ToolMCCLS Bookworm (Moultrie-Colquitt County Library System), I included this because they are promoting GALILEO, but I appreciate their friendly approach to sharing with patrons by letting them know what they can do with particular resources.
  • Waiting for the Great PumpkinView from the LibraryChattahoochee Technical College AboutView from the Library
  • Financial Literary Resources in GPC LibrariesGeorgia Perimeter College
  • How to Prepare for the Zombie ApocalypseGeorgia State University Library Blog
  • Hot Document in SeptemberTarver Library NewsMercer University, Macon Doc: White House App
  • Squirrel Wars!!!DCPL LiveDeKalb County Public Library
  • 225 Years of the ConstitutionOdum Library BlogValdosta State University exhibit
  • Almost Daily Photo (tooth brushing model)Odum Library Blog, Valdosta State University Daily Photo (puppet collection)Odum Library Blog, Valdosta State University
  • Great Paper Topics in ScienceAgnes Scott College, McCain Library
  • CitationsView from the LibraryChattahoochee Technical College to Replace RefWorksTarver Library NewsMercer University, Macon Workshop VideoJason Puckett Librarian X
  • SCTC Library Blog (Southern Crescent Technical College)
  • GHC Student CenterGeorgia Highlands College Daily PhotoOdum Library BlogValdosta State University
  • Library on Duck TourClayton State Library Blog
  • Get Caught ReadingDalton State Roberts Library
  • Culinary Travel GuideCobb County Public Library System
  • Spotted at the Library!Columbus State University Library Blog
  • Honors Dean Larry Berman Reading New Book at Carter LibraryGeorgia State University Library Blog
  • Not AmusedAtlanta History Center Tumblr view of downtown Atlanta from the corner of Marietta and Peachtree StreetsAtlanta History Center Tumblr
  • Atlanta History Center TumblrBaltimore BlockMashup King Birthplace
  • Cheer Up! Bacon Long Dreamed of Is Coming SoonThis Day in Athens History
  • Photo of the Week: Unidentified Intersection, Atlanta, 1966Georgia State University Library Blog of the Week: Aerial of Unknown Georgia TownGeorgia State University Library Blog
  • Questions? Comments?


  • 1. We Have a Library Blog! Now What ? Courtney McGoughGeorgia Council of Media Organizations 2012
  • 2. Poll
  • 3. Need Ideas?
  • 4. Inspiration and Organization
  • 5. Vision
  • 6. Audience
  • 7. Tone or Voice
  • 8. Time and Effort
  • 9. Ideas…You don’t have to reinvent the wheel
  • 10. Promote Your Services text-us/
  • 11. Use a Topic to PromoteItems from Your Collection
  • 12. Promote Databasesand Database Features
  • 13. Post Library Resources for CurrentEvents
  • 14. Offer Practical Information toStudents
  • 15. Public Service Announcements
  • 16. Highlight Government Resources
  • 17. Show Off Your Collection…and your great sense of humor
  • 18. Offer an Online Exhibit
  • 19. Point Out Interesting Items in the Collection
  • 20. Help with Paper Topics
  • 21. Help with Citations
  • 22. Crowdsourcing Instruction
  • 23. Post Photos from Your Area
  • 24. Participate in Community Events(and post cute duck pictures!)
  • 25. Get Caught Reading
  • 26. Get Patron Participation
  • 27. Let the Students Be the Stars
  • 28. Highlight Faculty and StaffAccomplishments
  • 29. Share Historical Photos
  • 30. Georgia History…Then and Now
  • 31. Relive Local History
  • 32. Quiz Your Readers
  • 33. Organizing Ideas Notebook Email folder Google Docs Evernote Calendar
  • 34. Planning Posts Think ahead for blog topics during the next month, semester, season, or year Think about the best timing for posts Decide who will post what Use a calendar Write ahead when/if you find time Use blog software to schedule posts to appear on future dates
  • 35. Tips Photos  Take them  Use your own image resources  Britannica  Digital Library of Georgia  Digitized special collections that you have  Find images online with a Creative Commons license Look at your blog’s feed in a feed reader Don’t be afraid to “upcycle” (update and recycle) old posts if they are still relevant
  • 36. Questions? Comments?
  • 37. ContactCourtney McGoughGALILEO Support