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LIR HEANet User Group for Libraries Seminar ~ Emerging Technologies for Libraries and Education ~ 8th Dec 2006

Libraries and Blogs: new communication tools for academic librarians

Josh Clark, University College Dublin

Diarmuid Stokes, UCD

UCD Library

An Coláiste Ollscoil, Baile Átha Cliath

Leabharlann UCD


Blogs
Blogs??? Technologies for Libraries and Education ~ 8


What is a blog
What is a Blog? Technologies for Libraries and Education ~ 8

  • from the term “Web log” invented by Jorn Barger in 1997

  • A website that contains entries, or “posts”, displayed in reverse chronological order

  • Posts often contain text, images, video and links to other websites

  • Readers can comment on posts, making it an interactive experience

  • Includes RSS feeds


Blogs can be many different things
Blogs can be many different things…. Technologies for Libraries and Education ~ 8

  • Personal diary or journal

  • News and information service

  • Ongoing project report

  • Photo gallery

  • Collection of links

  • Etc.


Why blog
Why Blog? Technologies for Libraries and Education ~ 8

  • Communication

  • Collaboration

  • Free and (relatively) simple!

  • Don’t need to be a “techie”

  • Effective Broadcast tool

  • Often quicker than your “News” page!


Why blog1
Why Blog? Technologies for Libraries and Education ~ 8

  • Public relations & library marketing tool

  • Can be more dynamic than your website

  • Take advantage of “Web 2.0”

  • Attract and engage younger users

    (“digital natives”, or “millennials”)


Ucd science library blog http ucdscience blogspot com
UCD Science Library Blog Technologies for Libraries and Education ~ 8<http://ucdscience.blogspot.com>

  • Created in April 2005

  • Uses Blogger software (free)

  • Originally 2 librarians, now 3 team members

  • (Try to) update regularly (150+ posts so far)

  • Covers all sciences


UCD Science blog screenshot here Technologies for Libraries and Education ~ 8


Reasons for creating our blog
Reasons for creating our blog Technologies for Libraries and Education ~ 8

  • Communicating science library news and events

  • Advertising training sessions

  • Announcing new e-resources (especially IReL!)

  • Recent acquisitions (monographs and journals)

  • Resources on the web


Our target audience
Our Target Audience Technologies for Libraries and Education ~ 8

  • Students of all science subjects

  • Science staff (academics)

  • The wider academic library community(?)


Statistics
Statistics Technologies for Libraries and Education ~ 8

  • We have an RSS feed AND a web counter

  • 59 subscribers(?)


Statistics1
Statistics Technologies for Libraries and Education ~ 8

RSS Feeds & Feed Readers


Statistics2
Statistics Technologies for Libraries and Education ~ 8

Sitemeter – free statistical service that tracks where the viewers are coming from….


Statistics3
Statistics Technologies for Libraries and Education ~ 8

Sitemeter – free statistical service that tracks where the viewers are coming from….


Statistics4
Statistics Technologies for Libraries and Education ~ 8

Sitemeter – free statistical service that tracks where the viewers are coming from….


Notes on updating
Notes on updating… Technologies for Libraries and Education ~ 8

  • Try to update regularly

  • Always something to post

  • Work as a team

  • Collaboration helps!


Notes on updating1
Notes on updating… Technologies for Libraries and Education ~ 8


SO….. Technologies for Libraries and Education ~ 8

feeling

UNDER PRESSURE

to post?


Why Technologies for Libraries and Education ~ 8

Not

Collaborate?


Marketing your library blog
Marketing your library blog… Technologies for Libraries and Education ~ 8

  • It’s the key to success!

  • Include in your library orientation & information skills sessions

  • email your users (academic staff)

  • Why not include your blog URL in your email signature?


Marketing your library blog1
Marketing your library blog Technologies for Libraries and Education ~ 8

  • Advertise on your library website and/or newsletter

  • Include a link from your subject portal(s)

  • Create posters for your library

  • Place your blog on blog directories, i.e. Technorati


Overall effectiveness
Overall Effectiveness? Technologies for Libraries and Education ~ 8

  • Positive feedback from academic staff

  • Employing free statistical software

  • Showing hits from all over the world (including UCD!)

  • Still, could use more marketing…


Overall effectiveness1
Overall Effectiveness? Technologies for Libraries and Education ~ 8

  • We’re also referenced in

    Slebodnik, Maribeth. Marketing and Outreach for Science & Technology Libraries: Selected Resources. Issues in Science & Technology Librarianship. No. 45, Winter 2006.

    Found at:

    <http://www.istl.org/06-winter/internet2.html>


Overall effectiveness2
Overall Effectiveness? Technologies for Libraries and Education ~ 8

Mentioned by Michael Stephens of

“Tame the Web”

http://www.tametheweb.com


Some irish academic blogs
Some Irish academic blogs Technologies for Libraries and Education ~ 8

  • University College Dublin (academic staff blog) http://www.podvet.com/blogs/

  • University of Limerick Library http://ullb.blogspot.com/

  • Dundalk Institute of Technology Library http://dundalkinstitute.library-blogs.net/



Examples from the wider world
Examples from the wider world Technologies for Libraries and Education ~ 8

Some Types:

  • Subject specific

  • Acquisitions/Cataloguing

  • Systems

  • ILL

  • General library news

  • Collaborative within the profession


Subject-Specific Technologies for Libraries and Education ~ 8


Acquisitions Technologies for Libraries and Education ~ 8


Systems Technologies for Libraries and Education ~ 8


InterLibrary Loans Technologies for Libraries and Education ~ 8


Library News (General) Technologies for Libraries and Education ~ 8


Collaborative Blog across distances Technologies for Libraries and Education ~ 8


Blog directories
Blog Directories Technologies for Libraries and Education ~ 8

Blog Directory Wiki

<http://www.blogwithoutalibrary.net>

Library & Information Science Wiki

http://liswiki.org/wiki/Weblogs

Technorati

http://www.technorati.com/


Thank you
THANK YOU! Technologies for Libraries and Education ~ 8

Josh Clark Tel: 01 716 7646

email: [email protected]

Diarmuid Stokes Tel: 01 716 6207

email: [email protected]

University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4


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