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We Have a Library Blog! Now What?

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Staring at a blank screen trying to think of something for the library blog? We'll review great blog examples that inspire ideas for blog content, and we'll discuss how you can organize those ideas and plan ahead for timely, relevant blog topics.

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We Have a Library Blog! Now What?

  1. 1. We Have a Library Blog! Now What ? Courtney McGoughGeorgia Council of Media Organizations 2012
  2. 2. Poll
  3. 3. Need Ideas?
  4. 4. Inspiration and Organization
  5. 5. Vision http://www.flickr.com/photos/courtneymcgough/2704127195/
  6. 6. Audience
  7. 7. Tone or Voice
  8. 8. Time and Effort
  9. 9. Ideas…You don’t have to reinvent the wheel
  10. 10. Promote Your Serviceshttp://ngcsulibrary.edublogs.org/2012/09/12/help-with-research-2/ http://homer.gsu.edu/blogs/library/2011/02/28/need-help-you-can- text-us/
  11. 11. Use a Topic to PromoteItems from Your Collectionhttp://blog.dlg.galileo.usg.edu/?p=3740 http://blog.dlg.galileo.usg.edu/?p=3589
  12. 12. Promote Databasesand Database Features http://mcclsbookworm.blogspot.com/2012/08/galileo-at-library-is-powerful-tool.html
  13. 13. Post Library Resources for CurrentEvents http://northmetrotechlibraryatacworth.blogspot.com/2011/10/waiting-for-great-pumpkin.html http://northmetrotechlibraryatacworth.blogspot.com/2012/02/leaping-about.html
  14. 14. Offer Practical Information toStudents http://gpclibraries.wordpress.com/2012/08/21/financial-literacy-resources-at-the-gpc-libraries/
  15. 15. Public Service Announcementshttp://homer.gsu.edu/blogs/library/2011/05/20/how-to-prepare-for-the-zombie-apocalypse/
  16. 16. Highlight Government Resourceshttp://tarverlibrarynews.blogspot.com/2010/09/hot-document-in-september.html http://blogs.georgiasouthern.edu/zachsnews/2012/09/13/hot-doc-white-house-ap
  17. 17. Show Off Your Collection…and your great sense of humor http://dcplive.dekalblibrary.org/2012/05/16/squirrel-wars/
  18. 18. Offer an Online Exhibit http://www.valdosta.edu/library/blog/2012/09/15/225-years-of-the-constitution/
  19. 19. Point Out Interesting Items in the Collectionhttp://www.valdosta.edu/library/blog/2011/11/17/almost-daily-photo-73/ http://www.valdosta.edu/library/blog/2009/07/15/almost-daily-photo-34/
  20. 20. Help with Paper Topics http://asclibrary.wordpress.com/2012/09/19/great-paper-topics-in-science/
  21. 21. Help with Citations http://northmetrotechlibraryatacworth.blogspot.com/2012/05/citations.htm http://libraries.mercer.edu/news-events/jack-tarver-library-news/zotero-to-replace-rehttp://jasonpuckett.net/2012/05/07/zotero-workshop-video/
  22. 22. Crowdsourcing Instruction http://sctclibrary.blogspot.com/2012/09/send-us-your-tasteful-crazy-websites.html
  23. 23. Post Photos from Your Areahttp://ghclibraries.wordpress.com/2012/08/27/ghc-student-center/ http://www.valdosta.edu/library/blog/2011/08/03/almost-daily-photo-72/
  24. 24. Participate in Community Events(and post cute duck pictures!) http://claytonstatelibrary.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/casaduck2012/
  25. 25. Get Caught Reading http://dscrobertslibrary.blogspot.com/2012/05/get-caught-reading-roberts-library_08.html
  26. 26. Get Patron Participation http://www.cobbcat.org/blog/?p=543
  27. 27. Let the Students Be the Stars http://csulibraries.blogspot.com/2012/09/spotted-at-library.html
  28. 28. Highlight Faculty and StaffAccomplishmentshttp://homer.gsu.edu/blogs/library/2012/10/02/dean-berman-reading-new-book-at-carter-library-109/
  29. 29. Share Historical Photoshttp://atlantahistorycenter.tumblr.com/post/30589316396/carousels-are-too-mainstream-browse-and-order
  30. 30. Georgia History…Then and Nowhttp://atlantahistorycenter.tumblr.com/post/22392370623/ghost-image-mash-up-photo-of-atlantas-baltimore http://atlantahistorycenter.tumblr.com/post/18608384653/1975-view-of-the-birthplace-of-dr-martin-l
  31. 31. Relive Local Historyhttp://accheritage.blogspot.com/2011/11/29-november-1945-cheer-up-bacon-long.html
  32. 32. Quiz Your Readershttp://homer.gsu.edu/blogs/library/2010/11/22/photo-of-the-week-unidentified-intersection-atlanta-1966/http://homer.gsu.edu/blogs/library/2012/06/14/photo-of-the-week-aerial-of-unknown-georgia-town/
  33. 33. Organizing Ideas Notebook Email folder Google Docs Evernote Calendar
  34. 34. Planning Posts Think ahead for blog topics during the next month, semester, season, or year Think about the best timing for posts Decide who will post what Use a calendar Write ahead when/if you find time Use blog software to schedule posts to appear on future dates
  35. 35. Tips Photos  Take them  Use your own image resources  Britannica  Digital Library of Georgia  Digitized special collections that you have  Find images online with a Creative Commons license Look at your blog’s feed in a feed reader Don’t be afraid to “upcycle” (update and recycle) old posts if they are still relevant
  36. 36. Questions? Comments?
  37. 37. ContactCourtney McGoughGALILEO Support Servicescourtney.mcgough@usg.edu

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