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
  3. 3. Why Your Library Should Blog
  4. 4. Builds Advocacy
  5. 5. Builds Community
  6. 6. Keeps You Current
  7. 7. Engages Patrons
  8. 8. Connects your library globally
  9. 9. Libraries that blog…
  10. 23. Starting a blog for your library…
  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>
  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>
  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