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1 Books & Bytes A New UWF Libraries Weblog Communication Service For UWF Libraries Dept. of Digital and Learning Technologies UWF Libraries, 2007-2008


3 Sharing New Information Democracy shares what it knows and feels. Libraries must also keep open in sharing information. (Vartan Gregorian, Head of Carnegie Corporation)

4 What is a Weblog or Blog?  Blog is short for “weblog,” a term coined by Jorn Barger in 1997  New Media Online Communications Tool

5 New Way to Navigate and Share Library Information Content Easily Published Representations of What’s Important and New on Our Site

6 Common Weblog Terms  Blogging: when somebody posts new information to the Blog  the person accomplishing this is known as the Blogger  the blogging world: Blogosphere

7 Blogs Characterized as  New Media Journalism  Citizens’ Media  Participatory Media  Grassroots Communication Low Budget Marketing New Information Tools Staff/Faculty Participation

8 Meets the demographic of changing student/faculty needs and demographic Keeps the library technologically/ culturally relevant Keep our digital information space and infrastructure up- to-date Why Set Up a UWF Library Weblog?

9 Why do Weblogs matter? Next generation web tools (evolutionary) Envision new, dynamic ways to deliver information content It’s where our users are Our communications possibilities have moved to the Web Weblogs enable new opportunities for collaboration with our patron’s needs

10 Web 2.0 and Weblogs User experience and information needs are changing –Changes in the way users consume information/ emphasis on interaction –Subtle Changes in user expectations –Subtle Changes in technology We need to better understand and communicate with our audiences

11 The Millennials (born 1980-2000) Currently largest and most diverse Student generation in American history 39% of total population; 36% minority The Most Team- oriented generation The most Tech- embracing generation Neil Howe and William Strauss, Millennials Rising, Vintage, 2000

12 Participatory Democratic Online Expectation (not trapped in tv paradigm, Not interpellated in One Way Communication systems - one way citizen. Millennial Users expectation of Interaction with Information (peer evaluation) Millennials Have Online Democratic Expectations Neil Howe and William Strauss, Millennials Rising, Vintage, 2000

13 How can you best find relevant information? 1)60% The Web In a virtual setting 2) 15% Google 3) 12% Weblogs 4) 8% Specialized Websites 5) 2% From or in a group 6) 2% Cell, PDA, GPS (mobile to a destination) 7) 0.5% From a book/print source 8)0.3% In a classroom 9)0.15% From a teacher/professor 10) 0.15% At the library reference desk Information Seeking Among 10,000 Millennials Pew Foundation Study, 2007 95% Web

14 Web 2.0: 1997-2007 Explosion of Commenting

15 75% of internet users 15-35 regularly rate persons, organizations, or organizational services online Information sharing and frank public evaluation

16 Review By Peers, 1997-2007

17 Potential of Feedback (2 way communication with Users, Democratic Media, participatory media, participatory democracy)

18 What are our patrons thinking?

19 81% of 15-35 year olds regularly comment on weblogs 35% also post daily on blogs and social networking sites Information sharing and evaluation

20 Content creation by age

21 79% of internet users 18-35 subscribe at least 1 blog Accessing New Information Content

22 Two thirds of 15-35 year old internet users use RSS feeds Information Customization

23 User’s don’t read most web pages anymore, they scan, but they will read a blog, sometimes half a dozen. Don’t Make Me Think: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability by Steve Krug


25 Characteristics of a Blog? 2-3/week 8 /month frequently updated posts

26 Relatively Pithy Entries Information Bytes Rather than ‘Sound Bites’

27 Newer Entries Older Entries Emphasis on Current Information

28 Weblog Organization Chronological By Date Thematic By Category

29 Link to Deeper Web Content and Resources At least 1 External link/entry

30 Permalinks and Archives Include Archives (Searchable) Include unique URL for each post (Permalink) http://librarydigital ibrary/?p=55

31 Characterized by Permalink http://librarydigitalservices. Share Information

32 Inform Patrons

33 Subscribe

34 Save Useful Links

35 What Makes a Blog a New Form of Communication? Interactivity - include Comments

36 Advantages  Instant publishing to the Internet  cost little or nothing  provide a comment feature that allows interaction from others  dynamic & empowering  allow interchange of thoughts & ideas  exciting: instant feedback regarding our services, announcments and events

37 Making it happen in 2008 We need: 1) willing faculty/staff participants (open to everyone) 2) Staff who have new things to say 3) Willingness to institutionally respond to frank and sincere user comments (service orientation)

38 All Departments Are Invited to Participate Topics are open: Library Related (i.e. New Databases, New Library Services, Special Collections, Circulation, New Books, New Resources for Subject area ideas:

39 2008 Weblog Roll Out Sign Up Sheet at front I Drive (Library Weblog) Two Week Commitment (Sign up for as many as four weeks/person) January 1-13July 1-13 January 14-28July 14-31 February 4-17August 1-16 February 18-29August 17-31 March 3-15September 1-13 March 16-31September 15-30 April 1-13October 1-12 April 14-26October 13-23 May 1-11October 24-31 May 12-23November 3-14 May 24-31November 17-28 June 1-14December 1-12 June 16-30December 15-31

40 Flexible Format Two entries per week (four entries over a two week period)

41 Brief Focused Announcements / Articles 2-5 Paragraphs/Entry, Brief Focused with 1 link and 1 image

42 Format Articles/Announcements (Have Supervisor or Colleague Edit) Image Link (Open, to other section of website, service, databases, external information source)

43 Space Available for Special Announcements Throughout Year As Needed throughout year Through Department Heads or Library Administration Hours Changes, Weather Announcements, Important Library News)

44 Service Open / Available to Everyone in Library Community Individual Departments Individual Libraries, Librarians (Emerald Coast, Curriculum Materials Individual Faculty Administration Individual Staff ** Student Workers ** (** With Editorial Approval of Your Department Heads


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