Blogs: Why They Matter

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A condensed version of "New Forms of Communication: Collective Knowledge through Web Logs." This presentation was shown at the Art Libraries Society of North America’s 35th Annual Conference 2007 during the Hot Topics session.

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Blogs: Why They Matter

  1. 1. Blogs: Why They Matter Bryan Loar Presented at the Art Libraries Society of North America’s 35th Annual Conference April 29, 2007
  2. 2. INTRO <ul><li>Bryan Loar </li></ul><ul><li>Resource Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Fitch </li></ul><ul><li>2006 MLIS Kent State University </li></ul><ul><li>2005 BA History of Art, Ohio State University </li></ul><ul><li>2005 BA Italian, Ohio State University </li></ul>Fitch A Global Design Agency
  3. 3. INTRO <ul><li>Bryan Loar </li></ul><ul><li>Senior Site Administrator of </li></ul><ul><li>Ar t </li></ul><ul><li>Li brary </li></ul><ul><li>S tudents & </li></ul><ul><li>N ew </li></ul><ul><li>A RLIS* </li></ul><ul><li>P rofessionals </li></ul><ul><li>(ArLiSNAP) </li></ul>www.arlisnap.org
  4. 4. BLOGS - Statistics <ul><li>An inferred 57 million adults read blogs daily </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2006 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>An inferred 12 million adults maintain a blog. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2006 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Over 175,000 blogs are created every day </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technorati, 2007 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bloggers are more likely to be youthful </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2006 </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. BLOGS – So What? <ul><li>Blogs Can Be </li></ul><ul><li>Forums </li></ul><ul><li>Collaboration Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Repositories of Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Connectors to New Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Efficient Professional Development Tools </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs Are Inherently Better Than </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail </li></ul><ul><li>Listservs </li></ul><ul><li>Bulletin Boards </li></ul>
  6. 6. BLOGS – Start Your Own! <ul><li>Things to Consider </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Determine a topic and stick to it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Know your audience </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Choose a format to meet your objective(s) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find the best Web publishing software for your needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Promote </li></ul></ul>Partially adapted from Keidra Chaney’s suggestions
  7. 7. New Forms of Communication : Harnessing Collective Knowledge through Web Logs Bryan Loar Presented at the Art Libraries Society of North America’s 35 th Annual Conference April 29, 2007

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