Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<br />1<br />Blogging, RSS, and the OPAC<br />Em...
Blog (or Weblog)<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<br />2<br />A frequently ...
Blogging and Libraries<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<br />4<br />Bloggin...
Example:  Ann Arbor District Library (aadl.org)<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State Unive...
AADL Website Features<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<br />6<br />Main pag...
Found at:  http://www.aadl.org/node/401<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<br...
Blogging & Libraries<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<br />8<br />Enhances ...
Found at:  http://www.westportlibrary.org/bookblog/<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State U...
Found at:  http://sjcpl.lib.in.us/gameblog/<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State Universit...
RSS Integration<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<br />11<br />What is RSS? ...
Found at:  http://searchengineland.com/search-illustrated-the-power-of-rss-feeds-12084<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton...
RSS and Libraries<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<br />14<br />RSS Pros <b...
Found at:  http://www.hclib.org/pub/search/RSS.cfm<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State Un...
Found at: http://www.code4lib.org/2006/robertson<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State Univ...
The WordPress OPAC (WPopac)<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<br />17<br />L...
Found at: http://library.plymouth.edu/<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<br ...
AquaBrowser:  Queens Library<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<br />19<br />...
Found at:  http://aqua.queenslibrary.org/<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<...
Conclusion<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<br />21<br />Blogs<br />Makes i...
Additional Resources<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<br />22<br />Wikipedi...
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  • Note that when this was first presented, WPopac was a catalog built in WordPress, but now has been converted into an open source content management system for libraries. Some of the same spirit behind the original WPopac idea is still present in Scriblio.
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    1. 1. Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<br />1<br />Blogging, RSS, and the OPAC<br />Emerging Technologies in Library Websites<br />
    2. 2. Blog (or Weblog)<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<br />2<br />A frequently updated website managed by one author or a group. <br />Uses specific software to post, update, and organize content for a targeted audience. <br />Started in 1995 as way to organize and share links on personal websites. <br />Around 2000 the blogging revolution begins. Blogger launched in August 1999. <br />In 2004 blogs became more mainstream. Now being used by corporations, news, and political groups.<br />
    3. 3. Found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NN2I1pWXjXI<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<br />3<br />Blogs in Plain English<br />
    4. 4. Blogging and Libraries<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<br />4<br />Blogging Pros <br />Marketing library services and events <br />Easy to update <br />Website stays current <br />Community participation <br />Many Free & Open Source Options<br />Blogging Cons <br />Need people to maintain regularly <br />More vulnerable to comment abuse<br />
    5. 5. Example: Ann Arbor District Library (aadl.org)<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<br />5<br />Marketing Library Services & Events<br />Many levels of information <br />Main page presents patrons with broad information <br />Different blogs help direct patrons to specific information <br />
    6. 6. AADL Website Features<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<br />6<br />Main page is a blog that highlights featured events <br />Subject based blogs available throughout site <br />Collaborative effort by library staff <br />Comments are enabled and edited for inappropriate language<br />
    7. 7. Found at: http://www.aadl.org/node/401<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<br />7<br />AADL Comment Moderation<br />
    8. 8. Blogging & Libraries<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<br />8<br />Enhances Library Services <br />Encourage Community Involvement <br />Blogs for book clubs or teen groups <br />Blogs for training and classes <br />Plus many others!<br />Easy Archival <br />Instant archiving when published <br />Automatic, searchable index created <br />List of Blogging Libraries: <br />Blogging Libraries Wiki<br />http://bit.ly/blogging-libraries<br />
    9. 9. Found at: http://www.westportlibrary.org/bookblog/<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<br />9<br />Westport Public Library Book Blog<br />
    10. 10. Found at: http://sjcpl.lib.in.us/gameblog/<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<br />10<br />St. Joseph County Public Library Game Blog<br />
    11. 11. RSS Integration<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<br />11<br />What is RSS? <br />Stands for “Really Simple Syndication” <br />A file format used to aggregate content to online services, client software, websites, or blogs. <br />RSS goes hand-in-hand with blogging software. <br />Tied into blog, when blog is updated the XML file is updated and then the newsreader is notified<br />
    12. 12. Found at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0klgLsSxGsU<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<br />12<br />RSS In Plain English<br />
    13. 13. Found at: http://searchengineland.com/search-illustrated-the-power-of-rss-feeds-12084<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<br />13<br />Power of RSS<br />
    14. 14. RSS and Libraries<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<br />14<br />RSS Pros <br />Streamline information <br />Most currently updated information comes directly to patron <br />Add instant content to your site from other sources <br />Examples: Local events, weather, news <br />Offer patrons access to their account information through their newsreaders <br />Holds, checkouts, due dates from their online accounts. <br />Self-Administering <br />Do not need to maintain a list of subscribers for newsletters <br />RSS Cons <br />Many sites still don’t support RSS feeds <br />Some aggregators don’t support every format (RSS, Atom, RDF, etc.) <br />Users may visit your site infrequently <br />Smaller hit counts <br />Services like FeedBurner can track feed circulation <br />
    15. 15. Found at: http://www.hclib.org/pub/search/RSS.cfm<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<br />15<br />Henepin County Library RSS Feeds<br />
    16. 16. Found at: http://www.code4lib.org/2006/robertson<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<br />16<br />The Future of the OPAC<br />Ways libraries can improve their OPACs <br />From code4lib “Lipstick on a Pig: 7 Ways to Improve the Sex Life of Your OPAC” <br />book cover images <br />book reviews <br />live circulation usage history <br />recommendation engine <br />RSS <br />live librarian support (link to virtual reference) <br />shortcut, durable links to specific items<br />
    17. 17. The WordPress OPAC (WPopac)<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<br />17<br />Library Catalog as a Blog<br />Automatic RSS Feeds<br />User Tools<br />Find Similar Items <br />Request Holds (redirecting to account login)<br />Add to Delicious<br />Comments<br />Static URL<br />Archive<br />New entries to the catalog are at the top<br />
    18. 18. Found at: http://library.plymouth.edu/<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<br />18<br />WPopac Now Scriblio<br />
    19. 19. AquaBrowser: Queens Library<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<br />19<br />Search<br />Uses simple query box, similar to current OPACs<br />Discover<br />Visual Map (or “word cloud”) <br />Displays other relevant search terms to help users find related information<br />Refine<br />Filters original query by Format, Subject, Genre, etc.<br />
    20. 20. Found at: http://aqua.queenslibrary.org/<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<br />20<br />AquaBrowser: Queens Library<br />
    21. 21. Conclusion<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<br />21<br />Blogs<br />Makes it easier for libraries and patrons to participate in their communities<br />Provides a forum for discussion on library services and events<br />RSS<br />Quick and easy way for patrons to subscribe to library information<br />Allows other users to put your content in their sites<br />OPAC<br />Blogs & RSS are just a few of the tools that can make the library OPAC more user friendly and efficient<br />
    22. 22. Additional Resources<br />Winter 2006<br />Heidi Blanton and Sarah Karolski | Wayne State University<br />22<br />Wikipedia definition of blog: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weblog<br />Why and How to Use Blogs to Promote Your Library Services: http://www.infotoday.com/mls/nov03/fichter.shtml<br />Wikipedia definition of RSS: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RSS_(file_format)<br />FeedBurner: http://www.feedburner.com/ <br />RSS FAQ: http://www.johncletheroe.org/pc_int/rssfaq/index.htm<br />AquaBrowser: http://www.medialab.nl/<br />

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