Blogging for libraries (swfln)

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Presentation given for SWFLN Paraprofessional Day, May 12, 2010

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Blogging for libraries (swfln)

  1. 1. Blogging for Libraries Deb Hanson Southwest Florida Library Network Paraprofessional Day May 12, 2010
  2. 2. What is a blog? <ul><li>A web-based log or journal </li></ul><ul><li>A conversation </li></ul><ul><li>A public forum </li></ul><ul><li>A place to reflect on what you learn and how you think </li></ul><ul><li>A place to ask and answer questions </li></ul>Blogs in Plain English by CommonCraft http://www.flickr.com/photos/somewhatfrank/251789400/
  3. 3. Why Your Library Should Blog
  4. 4. Builds Advocacy http://www.flickr.com/photos/njla/3839205207/
  5. 5. Builds Community http://www.flickr.com/photos/maintainitproject/3019813899/
  6. 6. Keeps You Current
  7. 7. Engages Patrons http://www.flickr.com/photos/ingwii/2830551203/
  8. 8. Connects your library globally
  9. 9. Libraries that blog…
  10. 23. Starting a blog for your library… http://www.flickr.com/photos/jon_marshall/260978898/
  11. 24. Find out about your organization’s policy on blogging…
  12. 25. Choose Your Platform Wordpress TypePad Blogger Your library’s website…
  13. 26. Choose your focus… <ul><li>What do you want to say/share? </li></ul><ul><li>Who is your audience? </li></ul><ul><li>What do you want to accomplish by blogging? </li></ul><ul><li>What subjects are off-limits? </li></ul>http://www.flickr.com/photos/rogersg/3814863064/
  14. 27. What’s really worth blogging about? <ul><li>Book reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Programs & events </li></ul><ul><li>How to use the library’s resources </li></ul><ul><li>General library news </li></ul><ul><li>What are your (and your patrons) ideas? </li></ul>
  15. 28. Who in your organization should blog? <ul><li>Librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Paraprofessionals </li></ul><ul><li>Director </li></ul><ul><li>Managers </li></ul><ul><li>Patrons </li></ul>
  16. 29. Keeping people reading <ul><li>Short, to the point </li></ul><ul><li>Simple posts </li></ul><ul><li>Invite conversation </li></ul><ul><li>Pose a question </li></ul><ul><li>Post regularly </li></ul>
  17. 30. Provide resources… <ul><li>Include hyperlinks </li></ul><ul><li>Articles </li></ul><ul><li>Videos </li></ul><ul><li>Audiocasts </li></ul>
  18. 31. Be responsible <ul><li>Be fair </li></ul><ul><li>Cite sources (even other blogs) </li></ul><ul><li>Be transparent </li></ul>www.flickr.com/photos/cambodia4kidsorg/267060150/
  19. 32. Blog Rules: Stay Safe <ul><li>Names </li></ul><ul><li>Photos </li></ul><ul><li>Personal information </li></ul>
  20. 33. Measure your success <ul><li>Traffic data </li></ul><ul><li>Posts/comments </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback </li></ul>
  21. 35. Questions? [email_address] Twitter: @debh2u

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