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The First Blog
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An introduction to blogs and RSS readers. Some examples of blogs being used and a brief introduction to using Bloglines. Public library presentation given at the ALLA convention 2006.

An introduction to blogs and RSS readers. Some examples of blogs being used and a brief introduction to using Bloglines. Public library presentation given at the ALLA convention 2006.

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    1. Blogging to Improve Services <ul><li>Angela Rand </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Orange Beach Public Library </li></ul><ul><li>www.orangebeachlibrary.org </li></ul>
    2. Definition <ul><li>Blog: A blog (or weblog ) is a website in which messages are posted and displayed with the newest at the top (Wikipedia). </li></ul>
    3. Why Blog? <ul><li>It is easy to get a blog. </li></ul><ul><li>Blog interfaces are easy to use. </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs are interactive. </li></ul><ul><li>Lists and links can be displayed. </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs can be syndicated! </li></ul>
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    8. Benefits of a blog <ul><li>A blog can be private and relay administrative and operational messages. </li></ul><ul><li>Open access blogs can be quickly updated to provide news, post art and pictures and details of events. </li></ul><ul><li>A blog serves as an archive of information that would otherwise be lost. </li></ul>
    9. Good News <ul><li>You can have more than one blog ! </li></ul>
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    11. Plan your blog <ul><li>Define the purpose </li></ul><ul><li>Define roles </li></ul><ul><li>Find a host (Blogger is easiest to use) www.blogger.com </li></ul>
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    14. RSS: making the blog work for you <ul><li>RSS is a new technology that allows chosen blog comments to be delivered to your blog reader. </li></ul><ul><li>RSS works with blogs to organize your information. </li></ul>
    15. Definition <ul><li>RSS = </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Really simple syndication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rich site summary </li></ul></ul>
    16. RSS Readers <ul><li>An RSS reader is the gathering place for your news, or blog, feeds. </li></ul><ul><li>RSS readers are aggregators that you set up to receive favorite blogments. </li></ul><ul><li>Some free readers are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Bloglines </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>My Yahoo </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IE v. 7 includes a web based feed reader. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>And Google has a web version of a reader. </li></ul></ul>
    17. Bloglines Reader
    18. Logged in to my Bloglines
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    20. Conclusion <ul><li>The popularity of blogs is increasing and more features can be expected. </li></ul><ul><li>Podcasts, widgets and other plug-ins are useful and fun means of sharing information. </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs allow immediate control of information flow from the library to the public. The Orange Beach library regularly hosts classes on blogging and social software. </li></ul>
    21. Thank you for inviting me.

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