Blog That Bibliography

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Presentation at the October 2006 Nelinet Technology Conference. Covers best practices for blogging.

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Blog That Bibliography

  1. 1. Blog that Bibliography Gary S. Atwood Babson Library – Springfield College Social Networking: Plugging New England Libraries into Web 2.0 October 13, 2006
  2. 2. Springfield College <ul><li>Private, coeducation college </li></ul><ul><li>Approximately 210 faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Approximately 5,000 students </li></ul>SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE
  3. 3. Research by Topic Guide SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE
  4. 4. Research Guide Limitations <ul><li>No mechanism to highlight new sites </li></ul><ul><li>Site management is time consuming </li></ul><ul><li>No alert system </li></ul>SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE
  5. 5. Blog Software - Pros <ul><li>New sites featured at the top of the page. </li></ul><ul><li>Site management is largely automated. </li></ul><ul><li>RSS feeds </li></ul>SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE
  6. 6. Let’s Check It Out! http://www.babsonlibrary.org/hper SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE
  7. 7. Usability What is usability? … the ease with which people can use a certain tool, like a web site or a blog, in order to achieve a particular goal. SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE
  8. 8. Usability Issues for Blogs <ul><li>Use descriptive headlines </li></ul><ul><li>Write clear & concise annotations </li></ul><ul><li>Links say where they are going </li></ul><ul><li>Publish regularly </li></ul><ul><li>Use categories carefully </li></ul>Jakob Nielsen’s “Weblog Usability: The Top Ten Design Mistakes” http://www.useit.com/alertbox/weblogs.html SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE
  9. 9. Categories - Pitfalls <ul><li>Using multiple categories to label one post </li></ul><ul><li>Using categories that are too general or too specific </li></ul>SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE
  10. 10. Additional Problems <ul><li>Marketing </li></ul><ul><li>RSS </li></ul>SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE
  11. 11. Challenges for the Future <ul><li>Clearing out dead or obsolete sites </li></ul><ul><li>Migrating sites to the research guides </li></ul><ul><li>Integrating the blog into the research guides </li></ul>SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE
  12. 12. Final Thoughts <ul><li>Has HPER Librarian been a success? </li></ul><ul><li>Technologically speaking - yes </li></ul><ul><li>Strategically speaking - maybe </li></ul>SPRINGFIELD COLLEGE
  13. 13. Thank You! Enjoy the rest of the conference.

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