Your Blog and Pony Show: Using Blogs and RSS to Tell Your Library Story Presented by Louise Alcorn Reference Technology Librarian West Des Moines (Iowa) Public Library For the East Central Library Service Area November 21, 2008
A blog is a user-generated website where entries are made in journal style and displayed in a reverse chronological order.
Blogs often provide commentary or news on a particular subject, such as food, politics, or local news; some function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs . Most blogs are primarily textual although some focus on photographs (photoblog), [a portfolio of sketches] (sketchblog), videos (vlog), or audio (podcasting), and are part of a wider network of social media.
The term "blog" is derived from "Web log." "Blog" can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog.
As of November 2006, blog search engine Technorati was tracking nearly 60 million blogs
Ann Arbor (Michigan) District Library – http://aadl.org Their entire site is blogs! Find a list of library blogs at BlogWithoutALibrary.net Blogging Libraries Wiki: http://www.blogwithoutalibrary.net/links/index.php?title=Welcome_to_the_Blogging_Libraries_Wiki Public, Academic, School, Special
Not an amphibious reptile with large teeth, native to the Florida Everglades.
From Wikipedia: “An aggregator or news aggregator or feed reader is client software that uses a web feed to retrieve syndicated web content such as weblogs, podcasts, vlogs, and mainstream mass media websites, or in the case of a search aggregator, a customized set of search results.”
Use RSS to republish feeds on your library website – keep your content fresh with little effort!
Portions of the following slides were taken with permission from Karen Burns’ “Feed It: Adding iRead RSS Feeds to Your Website” presentation for Southwest Iowa Library Service Area. http://www.swilsa.lib.ia.us/tutorials/ireadRSS/player.html