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Blogs and blogging in libraries


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This was presented in December 2006: someone asked me about it so I'm uploading it here belatedly. In this presentation I identify types of blogger, some issues for organisational bloggers, and some …

This was presented in December 2006: someone asked me about it so I'm uploading it here belatedly. In this presentation I identify types of blogger, some issues for organisational bloggers, and some uses for library blogs. I give examples, including examples of my own blogging experience.

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  • 1. Blogs and blogging in libraries Sheila Webber University of Sheffield Department of Information Studies December 2006 Sheila Webber, Dec 2006
  • 2. “With Yorkshire’s latest music export, The Arctic Monkeys, making it big thanks to their blog, it’s not surprising to see Yorkshire topping the blogging league Blogging with over a third of internet users recording their blooms thoughts, feelings and opinions in a blog.” … according to: MSN Spaces (2006) Blogging Britain: inside the UK's blogging phenomenon. Sheila Webber, Dec 2006
  • 3. Outline • Blogs • My experiences of blogging • Uses of blogs in libraries • Resources • Your experience Sheila Webber, Dec 2006
  • 4. Blogs… • Reverse chronological • Usually only a few people have rights to post • Comments may be permitted (if spam can be prevented!) • May be categorisation, tag clouds etc. &/or search Sheila Webber, Dec 2006
  • 5. Blogs… • Good for news, things with timelines, developing ideas • Not so good as a reference tool or to foster ongoing discussion on a range of topics Sheila Webber, Dec 2006
  • 6. Independent blogging • Blogging for yourself – Continuing Professional Development – Blogging the dissertation – Practice in content creation & design – Record & reflection on what you’ve done – Enjoyment of writing down thoughts, feelings • Blogging with an audience in mind: as above plus – Sharing knowledge and news (personal/professional) – Gaining profile & extending contacts Sheila Webber, Dec 2006
  • 7. Individual issues • Would I want my students/ loved one/ future employer to stumble across this? • Is it part of work? • Will it take over my life? Sheila Webber, Dec 2006
  • 8. My experience • Natural Born Bloggers? • Information with personal slant V1 2003-2005 RIP • Needs constant feeding • Collaboration useful, but … • Technical problems: commitment, backup, support • Use of quizzes & freebies to get V2 2005- feedback • Teaching Educational Informatics session: • I’ve stopped … Sheila Webber, Dec 2006
  • 9. Organisational blogging • To support & create community • To support & manage activities and tasks • To communicate & create relationships with customers • To support educational goals Sheila Webber, Dec 2006
  • 10. Knowledge & information sharing – reference desk blog Knowledge & information sharing – reference desk blog Reference at Newman Library Community building & exchange CILIP “communities” Project blog Project blog Sheila Webber, Dec 2006
  • 11. News for users News for users News for users “This blog is one of the places where you can keep up to date with any improvements and notices which will allow you to make better use of us!” News for users – specific subject Educational – reflective journals for a class Sheila Webber, Dec 2006
  • 12. Part of a search/teach task (creating a guide + a blog or Squidoo lens) Sheila Webber, Dec 2006
  • 13. Corporate issues • Acceptable use & level of monitoring • Balance between personal voice/ corporate guidelines • Who allowed to see, to post, to comment • Staff: education & buy-in (see MULTA project) • If part of strategy: needs documenting, resourcing & disaster planning • If educational: is it dealing with students ethically? Sheila Webber, Dec 2006
  • 14. “Staff are now blogging regularly to communicate internally and with the public, and we consider our experiment a success. … Following the change in software we will need to customize it, create training guides, and begin training the staff on the new software. It may seem like starting over, but we're past the hurdle of demonstrating the value of internal blogging.” (Barton, 2006) Sheila Webber, Dec 2006
  • 15. The MULTA staff development project “It has changed the way we do things in our library. We have formed a team to implement recommendations made as part of the project. We are creating blogs to communicate internally and with our users. We are using wikis for our everyday work. Now the project has finished, participants are voluntarily running education sessions for their work areas, often on demand from the people who didn't participate. We are looking at XML, APIs and mashups as part of what we do, not strange foreign acronyms.” Greenhill, K. (2006) What Kathryn said she'd do... 25 October. Murdoch University. Sheila Webber, Dec 2006
  • 16. • “well.... school begins, but nth want to type much. Just have my 1st lessons on Monday n it's ....Information Sidenote: Literacy... don't know wt is it... just Views on know it's kinda boring... thought the 2 hrs... i want to sleep for a couple of IL from times... bull shit...” (sylvia2005) blogs on • “I've been busy working on my homework for Information Literacy... Xanga basically it helps provide the basic format for research papers. It's not a fun class at all! YUCK! As plans go for that...” (poohbear91682) Sheila Webber, Dec 2006
  • 17. Articles • Barton, E. (2006) “Ref logs now.” Library journal, 1 October. (Discusses blog to support librarians in reference desk enquiry work at Michigan State University) • Educause. (2006) Blog. Educause. (list of resources and links) • Educause. (2005) 7 things you should know about blogs. Educause. Sheila Webber, Dec 2006
  • 18. Articles 2 • HigherEdBlogCon. (2006) April 10: Blogging in libraries. blogging-in-libraries/ (Introduction + 3 screencasts or presentations on blogging in libraries) • Wiebrands, C. (2006) “Creating community: The blog as a networking device.” In: Click06: ALIA 2006 Biennial Conference. Wiebrands.pdf Sheila Webber, Dec 2006
  • 19. Librarian blogger discussion & posts • Anjos, J. Biblio-blogosphere: the last 25 hours (Last 25 hours of posts, reverse chronological order) • British Librarian Bloggers. (discussion board) • Librariesinteract. (blog for Australian librarians, includes blog list) Sheila Webber, Dec 2006
  • 20. Library blog wikis • Etches-Johnson, A. (Ed) Blogging libraries wiki. me_to_the_Blogging_Libraries_Wiki (wiki with links to lots of library blogs, listed by sector ) • Harper, C. and Watson, K. Libraryblogswikis. (wiki about use of blogs and wikis in Australian libraries, part of a project) • Hubbard, J. (ed) Liswiki: Weblogs. (wiki with links to librarian and library weblogs, divided into “individual” and “organisational”) Sheila Webber, Dec 2006
  • 21. Searching library blogs • Anjos, J. Infolit world news: blogs. • Bradley, P. Librarian Weblogs (Google custom search, 25 blogs) • Bradley, P. (2006) Librarian weblogs. Pageflakes. 61 (has search options for Google & Liszen embedded) • Lisworm. (Searches 1400 RSS feeds) • Liszen. (searches 500 library blogs, Google custom search) Sheila Webber, Dec 2006
  • 22. Learning about Library 2.0 • Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County . 23 Things. (Exercises you can carry out, to discover different tools) • Five weeks to a social library. (Online course that will happen next year, but resources will be posted at the site) • MULTA: Murdoch University Library Thinking Aloud (Australian staff development project) Sheila Webber, Dec 2006
  • 23. Blogs as part of… • Marketing strategy • Teaching strategy • Knowledge Management strategy • Management strategy • Life …… Sheila Webber, Dec 2006
  • 24. Sheila Webber Sheila Webber, Dec 2006