Creating a Library Blog with Blogger

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Why and how we set about creating the Knowledge Source Blog, and some of the issues involved.

Why and how we set about creating the Knowledge Source Blog, and some of the issues involved.

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  • 1. Creating a Library Blog www.sathlibraries.blogspot.com Jason Curtis Electronic Resources Librarian, SECC Library 26 April 2007 www.sathlibraries.blogspot.com
  • 2. Why have a library blog? Supplements our bi-monthly newsletter (Knowledge Source) and allows us to post content between issues Supplements our library guides and leaflets with short snippets that we might otherwise have no outlet to share www.sathlibraries.blogspot.com
  • 3. Why have a library blog 2? It would allow us somewhere to syndicate feeds from other Library 2.0 services we might use Provides us with an additional channel of communication with ‘tech-savvy’ users and allows them to post comments www.sathlibraries.blogspot.com
  • 4. Blog Main Page www.sathlibraries.blogspot.com
  • 5. How we did it We used Blogger (www.blogger.com), a free service that is very popular The template was adapted to mirror our newsletter’s colour scheme (as well as that of the National Library for Health) www.sathlibraries.blogspot.com
  • 6. How we did it We added links on the left hand side to other sites Each post is labelled so that posts can be found by topic www.sathlibraries.blogspot.com
  • 7. Creating content Blogger allows permission to be granted to other people to post, so a team can contribute to the blog All our posts are looked at by one other person in the team to check for accuracy We are aiming for a friendly but professional tone to our postings www.sathlibraries.blogspot.com
  • 8. Drawbacks and problems Getting members of the team to contribute can be hard and it may be difficult to keep up Photos can be added to the blog, but documents need to be hosted elsewhere Usage is fairly low so far www.sathlibraries.blogspot.com
  • 9. Syndicating content Content is ‘syndicated’ to our website and on our Intranet pages www.sathlibraries.blogspot.com
  • 10. Monitoring usage We use Google Analytics (www.google.com/analytics) to monitor usage and see how people are coming to the blog, where from and much more… Note: An explicit privacy policy will be required as Google collects information about your users www.sathlibraries.blogspot.com
  • 11. Our blog and NLH My Library Our blog’s RSS feed is listed in the HLSID directory so users can see the link when they use the NLH My Library feature (www.library.nhs.uk/mylibrary) Eventually, the NLH will automatically add this feed to the My Update facility as it does with feeds created with the HLSID news feature www.sathlibraries.blogspot.com
  • 12. Further developments It is easy to add RSS feeds from other sites into the template of the blog, either those created by NLH, or those we create from services such as del.ico.us or LibraryThing It is also easy to embed PowerPoint using SlideShow, or videos using YouTube www.sathlibraries.blogspot.com
  • 13. Conclusion Although usage of the blog is currently limited, we will continue to develop it and look at how we can promote it by using the content elsewhere (by syndication or other means) www.sathlibraries.blogspot.com