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  • 1. Using Blogs, MySpace, and Facebook to Reach Your Students Vincci Kwong & Julie Elliott Franklin D. Schurz Library, Indiana University South Bend Librarian’s Day 2007 Bloomington, Indiana June 1, 2007
  • 2. What We’ll be Covering
    • Blogs
      • What they are?
      • How to create one for your library
    • MySpace & Facebook
      • How to use these social networking tools to reach your students
  • 3. Blogs
    • Do you know what a blog is?
      • Blogs are like web pages except they are easier to edit. With a little practice, anyone can add material to a blog!
  • 4. Blogger
    • If you are not familiar with blogs, I suggest you try Blogger— www.blogger.com
    • Blogger is a web-based tool that helps you publish to the web instantly
  • 5. Blog Software
    • There are a lot of different types of blog software available. Some are free, others require a subscription. Some examples are:
      • Expression Engine [IUSB uses] ( http:// www.pmachine.com / )
      • Moveable Type ( http:// www.movabletype.org / ) and Typepad ( http://www.sixapart.com/typepad/ ) [same company]
      • Blogger ( http:// www.blogger.com ) (free)
      • WordPress ( http:// wordpress.org / )(free)
      • LiveJournal ( http:// www.livejournal.com / )(has free version)
  • 6. How IU South Bend Libraries Use Blogs:
    • Our Libraries have 4 blogs. We use Expression Engine for all of them:
      • Schurz Library News http:// ee.iusb.edu/index.php?/libnews
      • One Book, One Campus http:// ee.iusb.edu/index.php?/onebook /
      • Learning Resource Center News
      • http://ee.iusb.edu/index.php?/lrcnews/index/
      • Hammes Information Commons
      • http:// ee.iusb.edu/index.php?/infocomm /
  • 7. How We Create Our Blog Entries
    • We log into expression engine:
  • 8. How We Create Our Blog Entries (continued)
    • We then choose which blog we want to publish in:
  • 9. How We Create Our Blog Entries (continued)
    • We then select what category we want to publish in within the blog:
  • 10. How We Create Our Blog Entries (continued)
    • We enter our information into the forms below, and then publish!
  • 11. What the Finished Product Looks Like
  • 12. Examples of Library blogs
    • An excellent list of public, academic and special library blogs is available at the Blogging Libraries Wiki:
    • http:// www.blogwithoutalibrary.net/links/index.php?title = Welcome_to_the_Blogging_Libraries_Wiki
  • 13. Subject Specific Library Blogs
    • Another type of library blog is the issue or subject specific library blog. A few examples are:
      • Free Range Librarian http:// freerangelibrarian.com /
      • Librarian in Black http:// librarianinblack.typepad.com /
      • PaperCuts http:// papercuts.tscpl.org /
  • 14. How to Distribute Your Blog to Readers?
    • A RSS (Really Simple Syndication)
      • a very easy way to distribute your blog to readers
    • How to put your blog out there to rich the audience?
      • Submit your RSS feed to news aggregator like Bloglines
      • http:// www.bloglines.com
  • 15. Final Thought on Blogs
    • Hardest part, as with any new technology, is not so much the technology as creating consistently good material to put up on it
  • 16. What are MySpace and Facebook?
    • Social networking web sites
    • Number of users
      • MySpace: 106 million+
      • Facebook: 25 million+
    • Target audience
      • MySpace: anyone who is 14+
      • Facebook: mainly college/university student, but open to everyone recently
  • 17. How to Sign Up For an Account?
    • MySpace:
      • http:// www.myspace.com /
    • Facebook:
      • https:// register.facebook.com/r.php
  • 18. When You Log into MySpace…
  • 19. When You Log into Facebook…
  • 20. How to Reach Your Students?
    • Look for friends
    • Customize your profile
    • Set up blog
    • Set up photo album
    • Invite friends to library event
  • 21. Look for Friends
  • 22. MySpace Profile
  • 23. Facebook Profile
  • 24. Create Blog Entry: MySpace
  • 25. MySpace Blog
  • 26. Create Note Entry: Facebook
  • 27. Facebook Note
  • 28. MySpace Photo Album
  • 29. FacebookPhoto Album
  • 30. My Event: MySpace
  • 31. Create an Event: MySpace
  • 32. Invite People to Event: MySpace
  • 33. Want to Know Who is Coming?
  • 34. My Event: Facebook
  • 35. Create and Invite People to Event: Facebook
  • 36. A New Event is Up!
  • 37. Who is Coming?
  • 38. Facebook: Post an Item
  • 39. Facebook Group
  • 40. Questions?
  • 41. Presentation Slide
    • http://www.iusb.edu/~libg/LibDay/blogs.ppt
  • 42.
    • Vincci Kwong Head of Web Services [email_address]
    • AIM: HiMffy
    • Julie Elliott Coordinator of Public Relations & Outreach [email_address]
    • AIM: jmfelli
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