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How Libraries are Using Web Logs. Public Libraries in the USA July 2005 Presentation for MLA 2005 Jennifer Crispin. Weblog. "a website that is updated frequently, with new material posted at the top of the page.” Rebecca Blood, Weblog Historian. Overview of Previous Research.

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How Libraries are Using Web Logs

Public Libraries in the USA

July 2005

Presentation for MLA 2005

Jennifer Crispin


Weblog

  • "a website that is updated frequently, with new material posted at the top of the page.”

    • Rebecca Blood, Weblog Historian


Overview of Previous Research

  • Blog Without a Library

  • Cites and Insights

  • Weblogg-ed

  • Most research combines library blogs with blogs by librarians


Criteria for Inclusion

  • US

  • Public Library

  • Blog Format or Software


Sources

  • Libdex-

    • 23 Weblogs

    • 13 Active

  • Open Directory

    • 10 Weblogs

    • 3 Active

  • Blog Without a Library

    • 101 Web Logs

    • 69 Active


What is Active?

  • Post(s) after June 30, 2005

  • Some “active” weblogs had no posts in July


Points about Data Collection

  • Not as user, but as researcher

  • July 2005 is random choice


Weblogs

  • 31 States

  • 101 Libraries

  • 136 Weblogs


Active Compared to Inactive


Active Weblogs

  • 29 States

  • 88 Libraries

  • 89 Weblogs

  • 808 entries in July 2005

  • Ave. 9 entries per weblog


Active Libraries: Start Date

  • 37 in 2005

  • 31 in 2004

  • 9 in 2003

  • 1 in 2002

  • 1 in 2001

  • 4 undetermined


Active Blogging Libraries by State


Active Weblogs, by State


Host Information

  • 44 on Blogspot

  • 36 hosted by Library

  • 9 on Other

    • Typepad, Livejournal, lishost, etc


Blogging Software

  • 58 on Blogger

  • 12 on Movable Type

  • 5 on Word Press

  • 14 on Other


Blogging Software


Audience


Topics

  • Book Reviews (42 of 89)

  • New Book Information (42 of 89)

  • Library Staff News (32 of 89)

  • Library Events (65 of 89)

  • Community Events (31 of 89)

  • Other (25 of 89)


Outstanding Web Logs

  • Oldest Consistently Updated Web Log

    • Wilton Library Lines

      • http://www.wiltonlibrary.org/liblines/librarylinesindex.asp

  • Most entries in July 2005

    • Sellers Library Teen Page, 67

      • http://sellerslibraryteens.blogspot.com/

  • Most comments in July 2005

    • Sellers Library Teen Page, 14

      • http://sellerslibraryteens.blogspot.com/


Missouri Library Web Log

  • Missouri River Regional Library Expansion Blog

  • http://www.mrrl.org/expansion/blog/

  • Started April 2005

  • 20 entries

  • 24 comments


Is a Blog Right for Your Library?

  • Don’t start a blog because your colleagues elsewhere think it’s cool. Start a blog if it’s right for your community.


Things a Library Blog Must Have

  • Street address.

  • Other contact information

  • Link to library page

  • Names of authors.

  • Consistent Updates!


Blogs Take Time

  • 20 minutes a day

  • Job duty

  • Spread the work


Cautions

  • 404 Pages

  • Abandoned

  • Comment spam

  • Represent the library


Abandoned Blogs

  • Why so many?

  • Lack of time

  • Lack of interest

  • Blogging librarian moves


Blog Software

  • http://www.blogger.com

  • http://www.movabletype.org

  • http://www.wordpress.org


Blog Directories

  • http://www.blogwithoutalibrary.net/

  • http://www.libdex.com/weblogs.html


More Resources

  • http://www.jennifercrispin.com

    • Presentation File

    • List of Weblogs Studied

    • Links to Resources


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