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1 The Blogging Explosion Libraries and Weblogs Darlene Fichter University of Saskatchewan Computers in Libraries Washington, DC March 14, 2003

2 Overview What are blogs? A little history Blog dissection class Blogs & emergent information Blog features and software 10 ways to use a blog How to find out more

3 What is it? Blog / Weblog is A web page containing brief entries arranged chronologically Can be like A journal or diary ‘What’s New’ page Interesting links page “To me, the blog concept is about three things: Frequency, Brevity, and Personality.” Evan Williams (creator of Blogger)

4 Terminology Blogger – person who maintains a blog Blogging – the act of creating a blog Blogrolling – moving from blog to blog Blogrolodex – a listing of other blogs Blogorrhea – hundreds of posts per day about anything Blawgs, Klogs … See discussion of terminology on MetaFilter

5 A peek at the past NCSA’s What’s New page June 1993 NCSA’s What’s New page June 1993 Netscape’s What’s New 1993-95 Librarians' Site du Jour – Jenny Levine, 1995 Librarians' Site du Jour Dave Winer 1996 Cam World 1997 Created and coded by hand Simple chronological lists

6 Librarian’s Site du Jour November 30, 1995 -- You've used their publication manual, now visit their web site. Yes the American Psychological Association has launched PsychNET, with lots of good stuff for non- APA members … PsychNET

7 Blogs today Range from the simple to the sophisticated Few features to chalk full on add- ons and little wizards Interesting and useful to mundane and completely irrelevant

8 Blogging explosion 2000-2003 Tools that made it easy to publish No need to know HTML No need to know FTP Add / edit content anywhere, anytime Dozens of features – dynamic, quick and easy to develop Millions?? worldwide Can you guess what South American country is a hotbed for blogs?

9 In the limelight Lots of media hype Google bought blogger Tripod, the Web publishing unit of Terra Lycos AOL is supposed to provide tools

10 Dissecting a web log Accurate, focused law and technology news









19 Blog entry

20 Other features Time stamp Comments Draft mode Timed release

21 Blogging add-ons MyMediaList manage book, music lists AudioBlogger & AudBlog AudioBloggerAudBlog phone and leave audio clips Bloglet set up a email subscribers option Blogarithm blogs that changed each day Blogrolling Bookmarklet to add links

22 Pop open the hood


24 3. Post and publish


26 Feature rich blogs Powered by PHP, perl or some other scripting language and back-end database Two examples: Movable Type Pmachine

27 Pluses Timely Get to the point Quick to skim “Human filter” Contextualized What’s “Hot”

28 Minuses ROT Redundant All posting the same stuff Obsolete Links expire Best before date! Trivia “my cat coughed up a fluff ball” Misinformation Rigor of validating information (rumor) varies greatly Bias

29 Resource for emergent information Source for “emergent information” Many times daily Often before it hits the newsstands e.g. Viruses and hacks – slashdot Biz News – Jeremy Allaire’s Talks about the fact he is leaving Macromedia Nothing official on Macromedia site where it says he’s CTO

30 Searching blogs Google indexes many Rise of “Google bombs” – a brilliant gag by Adam Mathes called his friend a “talentless hack”brilliant gag Directories at Blogdex (MIT) Blogdex Linkhype Popdex Linkhype Popdex Ecosystem Daypop Waypath Blogwise – geographic categorical index Blogwise

31 Choosing a blogging solution Lots of options Dive in and try a few for free: Blogger, Onclave,Web Crimson

32 Types of blogs Solo Community blogs Slashdot – news for nerds

33 Hosted locally or remotely Hosted Antville Blogger LiveJournal Onclave Local Server PMachine Movable Type Grey Matter BlogComp

34 Client solutions Clients FogCreek’s CityDesk, Windows Eastgate’s Tinderbox, Macintosh

35 Just a few of the factors Types of blog Features and functions Server platform Unix or Windows or MAC IT help Scripting languages Security and privacy Blogging Software for Intranet Applications. ONLINE, January 2003

36 10 ways to use blogs 1. New Stuff to Share Recommend internet sites & tools


38 Promote it! 2. Marketing Promote library events and programs Let visitors subscribe via email Distribute headlines (RSS) My Pick: Announce movies, link to trailers, reviews


40 Get interactive 3. Talk back Books you like Let users post reviews and comments

41 10 ways … 4. Staff development Fact sheets on new electronic resources Tips and tricks 5. Share knowledge - KM Best practices – “know-how” Use for a committee, enable the “comment feature” Presentation Blogging for Knowledge ExchangeBlogging for Knowledge Exchange

42 IT and budget crunch? 6. Automate Managing Links Track web site links under review for adding to catalog or best sites Tips: Enable the comment button. Choose a blog that archives by “topic” and use it for your links

43 10 ways … 7. Professional / personal development Reflective nature, adds focus 8. Résumé Professional blog Write about your interests and what you find interesting

44 Solve email overload 9. Project Tracking and Management Provides a record in one place for a team of decisions, next steps Points for discussion or comment

45 Be a leader 10. Community information Collect and syndicate local [city] news and events or university or college happenings Be everywhere.

46 Blogging and libraries Lots of opportunities for libraries and librarians Lightweight content management solution Easy to publish Inexpensive (free) Multiple contributors Lighten web maintenance workload

47 Library related blogs Gary Price – The ResourceShelfThe ResourceShelf Jenny Levine - Shifted LibrarianShifted Librarian Jessamyn West - Stephen Cohen – Complete List of Library blogs For fun type in “librarian” in Google

48 Finding out more Weblogs Compendium Articles: Darlene Fichter - Blogging Your Life Away. ONLINE, May, 2001 Darlene Fichter Darlene Fichter. Blogging Software for Intranet Applications. ONLINE, January 2003

49 Thank you! Darlene Fichter University of Saskatchewan Library

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