Blogs & Wikis, what's the
An intoduction to two important
Library 2.0 applications
What is a blog?
A blog (a fusion of web log) is a website where entries are
commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. quot;Blogquot; can
also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a
Weblogs...or just blogs (blahgs)
Often described as online diaries
Are current; posts are usually about what has just happened
Great forums to offer readers the ability to respond because
there is always a link for comments.
Usually focused on a subject.
Disseminate and archive information. The new listserv?
Some examples of Great Blogs for Library Staff
Walking Paper is Aaron Schmidt's Blog. Aaron is the Library Director for North
Plains Public Library in Oregon. The subject is technology in libraries.
Wired Magazine This blog gives the reader a heads up on the technology. The
subject is technology & gadgets.
What I Learned Today is presented by Nicole C. Engard and
covers blogs, rss, wikis and more as they relate to libraries.
Tame the Web is presented by Michael Stephens, a librarian, technology trainer
and writer living in Northern Indiana. He covers technology and libraries.
Librarian in Black by Sara Houghton Jan covers librarianship, technology,
and webmastery. Sara describes herself as 100% goth on the inside and most of
the time wears black on the outside.
An example of a bad blog
This did not work as a blog because it turned into a
collaborative effort. The result? SuffolkSlo became a wiki.
Blogging software choices
Blogging software falls into two basic categories, hosted and
Hosted blogging software is the simplest as the software resides
on the blog hosting software provider. You access the blogging
software over the Internet. Popular hosted choices include the
free Blogger.com and WordPress.com, and inexpensive
Typepad.com and Radio UserLand. Hosted solutions tend to be
less flexible than non-hosted solutions.
Blogging Software Choices (con't)
Nonhosted blogging software is software you download and
install on a Web server. Popular nonhosted blogging software
include free WordPress.org, Expression Engine which has free
and paid versions, and Movable Type. It is more complicated as
you need to install and set it up, but it tends to be much more
From quot;Blogging for Businessquot;
Blog Software Comparison Chart
How Libraries Use Blogs to Communicate
with Their Patrons
Old Bridge Public Library Weblog
A regularly updated listing of news and events for patrons at
the Old Bridge, NJ Public Library.
Notice the chronological organization and the ease of editing.
Ancestor Research Log
News and Information of Interest to Local Genealogists
Genealogical information that can be easily and quickly
updated without adding work to the webmaster's generally
How Libraries Use Blogs to Communicate
with Their Patrons (con't)
Southlake Public Library
Library news, events, links, and book reviews
John Jermain Memorial Library
Library news by department
Ann Arbor District Library
Entire web page is a series of blogs
What is a wiki?
A wiki is software that allows users to
create, edit, and link web pages easily.
Wikis are often used to create
collaborative websites and to power
Wikis, what's it all about
ABOUT Old School
-some of our best ideas come
Sharing ideas with ease
-can become less
intimidating to share Cramped & Bored?
Pros & Cons
Trust Trust, you give up alot of
Not static control.
Collaboration Permanence, wikis can
Easy, especially with new come and go.
WYSIWYG editors Vandalism
(what you see is what you
Some examples of Wikis for Librarians
Library Success This wiki was created to be a one-stop shop for
great ideas and information for all types of librarians.
ra2point0 is a discussion wiki on the subject of providing
traditional reader's advisory services using Web 2.0 and social
suffolklibraries a wiki set up to show Suffolk libraries web 2.0
Wikis for Librarians Con't
Language Learning Software
This is our online space where we can discuss alternative
language learning software to replace Rosetta Stone.
Check out the cool widget!
Library wikis for patrons
Research Guides from Norwich University's Kreitzberg Library
Subject guide for students behind a firewall
Princeton Public Library's summer reading club for
The Big V
Vandalism is a problem.
See Wikipedia's Most Vandalized Pages
Spam as vandalism
-If spam and/or vandalism occur
too often steps may be taken
to curb this before the fact.
-Since wikis are collaborative,
the entire community can
monitor and correct bad
behavior (and spelling).
Wikis can remain private.
Wikis can live behind the firewall
Choosing Wiki Software
A great place to start is WikiMatrix
WikiMatrix guides you through the process of selecting
software based on your needs and preferences.
How to keep track of all those blogs and
PbWiki helps you keep track of all the wikis that you create and
collaborate in PbWiki with quot;my PbWikiquot; page.
Blogs & Wikis
Perfect for disseminating Perfect for collaborating
information on projects
Give an individual a voice Allow individuals the
chance to share their
Respond to events ideas within a group setting