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A brief introduction to blogs, blogging, and Blogger for librarians (or anyone else).

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I Blog, You Blog, Weblog

  1. 1. Michael Sauers Technology Innovation Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission
  2. 2. Introductions <ul><li>Name </li></ul><ul><li>Position </li></ul><ul><li>Library </li></ul><ul><li>Why are you attending this workshop? What is it about blog that interests you? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Vocabulary <ul><li>blog (weblog) </li></ul><ul><li>blogger </li></ul><ul><li>blogging </li></ul><ul><li>blogosphere </li></ul><ul><li>biblioblogosphere </li></ul><ul><li>podcast </li></ul>
  4. 4. What is a blog? <ul><li>“ A blog is a website in which items are posted on a regular basis and displayed in reverse chronological order. The term blog is a shortened form of weblog or web log. Authoring a blog, maintaining a blog or adding an article to an existing blog is called ‘blogging’. Individual articles on a blog are called ‘blog posts,’ ‘posts’ or ‘entries’. A person who posts these entries is called a ‘blogger’… Blogs use a conversational style of documentation. Often blogs focus on a particular ‘area of interest’, such as Washington, D.C.'s political goings-on. Some blogs discuss personal experiences.” -Wikipedia </li></ul>
  5. 5. What is a blog? <ul><li>Web site </li></ul><ul><li>Posts </li></ul><ul><li>Reverse chronological </li></ul><ul><li>Comments </li></ul><ul><li>Archive </li></ul><ul><li>Categories </li></ul><ul><li>Automated </li></ul><ul><li>Conversational style </li></ul>
  6. 6. Why should your library have a blog? <ul><li>They’re an easy way to provide information about what’s happening in your library. </li></ul><ul><li>Little to no markup experience necessary. </li></ul><ul><li>Combined with RSS feeds it’s another way for patrons to receive timely information about the library. </li></ul><ul><li>To tell your library’s story. </li></ul><ul><li>To allow your patrons to participate in your library’s story. </li></ul>
  7. 7. 5 Reasons Not to Blog <ul><li>“ I want to give them a piece of my mind!” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Oh, the stories I could tell.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I think I can find some time at school…” </li></ul><ul><li>“ Nobody will find out that it’s me.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ It’s OK, I will keep it private.” </li></ul>Chris Harris -- School Library Journal, 4/1/2007
  8. 8. Types of Blogs <ul><li>Personal </li></ul><ul><li>Professional </li></ul><ul><li>Organizational </li></ul><ul><li>Subject </li></ul><ul><li>Hybrid </li></ul>
  9. 9. Blog examples <ul><li>Live demo… </li></ul>
  10. 10. How do I create a blog? <ul><li>There are several services and software packages out there that make creating a blog easy. The two most popular are: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>WordPress (server) http://wordpress.org/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MoveableType (client & server) http://www.movabletype.org/ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogger (Web service) http://www.blogger.com/ </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Blogger home page
  12. 12. Create an account
  13. 13. Name Your Blog
  14. 14. Choose a template
  15. 15. Your blog has been created!
  16. 16. Edit User Profile
  17. 17. The Blogger Dashboard
  18. 18. Create a post
  19. 19. Post Options
  20. 20. Edit posts
  21. 21. Settings: Basic
  22. 22. Settings: Publishing
  23. 23. Settings: Formatting
  24. 24. Settings: Comments
  25. 25. Settings: Archiving
  26. 26. Settings: Site Feed
  27. 27. Settings: Email
  28. 28. Template: Page Elements
  29. 29. Edit & Add Page Elements
  30. 30. Template: Fonts and Colors
  31. 31. Template: Edit HTML
  32. 32. Template: Pick New Template
  33. 33. BlogThis!
  34. 34. ScribeFire
  35. 35. IL2006: http://www.flickr.com/photos/travelinlibrarian/278574835/
  36. 36. Blogger for Word (2003)
  37. 37. Blogging in Word 2007
  38. 38. Posting via e-mail
  39. 39. gabcast
  40. 40. gabcast results
  41. 41. Settings: Permissions
  42. 42. Adding authors
  43. 43. Open invitation
  44. 44. Received Invitation
  45. 45. Log in or Create an account
  46. 46. Contact Information <ul><li>Michael Sauers </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.travelinlibrarian.info/ </li></ul><ul><li>del.icio.us/travelinlibrarian/class-blogs </li></ul>