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#5- Library Related Blogs and Newsfeeds

February 1, 2010 Leave a comment

 

Now that you know all about how to use RSS aggregators/readers and have set up your RSS feed account  through Reader or Bloglines, it’s time to explore the universe of blogs that will help you be a bigger, bolder, better information professional.

 Remember to look for the orange RSS feed icon on sites indicating that a feed is available.

 Explore these resources for identifying blog feeds regarding libraries

        Use your feed reader to find blogs of interest. For instance you can search for blog of interest right on Bloglines with Blogline’s Search.

       Library Blogs @ Yahoo Directory

       LIS Wiki article on Library Weblogs (alphabetical list of links)

       Search for Blog about Libraries on the Open Directory Project.

Other Sources

       Google Blog Search

       Syndic8.com – Syndic8 is an open directory of RSS feeds that contains thousands of RSS feeds that users have submitted.

       Technorati Blog Directories – Technorati is a popular blog finding tool that lets you search for blogs. Since RSS feeds are inherent to all blogging tools, Technorati Blog Search can help you find RSS feeds for topic specific blogs you may be interested in.     

Discovery

You may have already had a look at some of the library related blogs that I have suggested while you were working through #4 Thing – here are some useful links for you to discover which blogs would be most useful to you in your library work.

 Great feeds for libraries

       Docuticker – hand-picked selection of resources, reports and publications from government agencies, NGOs, think tanks and other public interest organizations.

       Government Info Pro – a blog for government librarians

       LISNews – Library and Information Science News

       Librarians Internet Index: New This Week

       Library Journal – News and Features

       Library Link of the Day – your  “of the day” resource on this list

       Library Stuff – Steven M. Cohen

       LLRX.com -Sabrina Pacifici

       Resource Shelf – Gary Price in action.

       The Shifted Librarian – Jenny Levine looks at innovative technologies.

       Unshelved – A great library comic strip.

Finally:

        Now that you are blogging, where do you want to take it? Is it just an exercise or will you start building your readership through your own RSS feed?

       So you’ve found some good blog reads. Are you sharing these finds with others? How are you doing that? Through blogrolls on your blog?    

       Now that you are reading more blogs more regularly through the use of your feed reader, how are you going to use that knowledge both personally and professionally?

 Activity:

Create a blog post about your experience. Don’t know what to blog about? Here some questions to think about …

Which method of finding feeds did you find easiest to use? Which Search tool was the easiest for you? Which was more confusing? What kind of useful feeds did you find in your travels? Or what kind of unusual ones did you find? What other tools or ways did you find to locate newsfeeds?

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Blogs and Blogging

January 1, 2010 Leave a comment

Welcome back! The easy bit is over now and you are ready to tackle the First Thing – Blogs.

In order for you to successfully complete this programme – you’ll need to write and record your progress through the programme on your own blog. First – a bit of background information:

What are blogs?

Blog is an abbreviation of ‘weblog‘. As the name suggests ‘weblogs’ are logs or diaries which are online. Each entry written on the blog is called a ‘post’.

The term weblog is generally attributed to Jorn Barger and was first used in 1997. If you would like to find out more check out the Wikipedia extensive entry on the history of blogging

Who blogs and why?

In recent years blogs and blogging have become pretty main-stream and thousands of new blogs are created every day. Most blogs are written by individuals and focus on the events of their daily lives and are usually read by their friends and family – or often by no-one at all! But it would be wrong to dismiss bloggers as a bunch of slightly self-obsessed nerds who want the world to know what they had for breakfast. Now it seems that everyone blogs from politicians and heads of state to celebrities and captains of industry. Even librarians are at it! Blogging is free (or very cheap) to set up and run and this makes it a great way to get information out to a potentially unlimited audience.

How do blogs work?

Most blogs are written using specific software which is often freely available. This usually involves signing up for an account and getting a free blog or blogs. The software provider ‘hosts’ your blog online which is great as you don’t have to worry about any technical issues (usually!), all you have to do is to decide what you want to blog about and write your post.

In this programme, we’ll be using WordPress.com but there are other blog hosting companies such as Blogger, TypePad and LiveJournal.

Bloggers post, comment, muse and rant about anything and everything. Blogs are also searchable so readers can trawl back through the blog archives to find a particular post. ‘Tags‘ are used to categorise the content of posts and these are created by the blogger and can be used for searching. Of course, librarians have used tags for ages – we just call them ’subject headings’.

Jargon, Jargon, Jargon

As with all this new fangled Web 2.0 stuff, the blogosphere has its own jargon of pings, trackbacks, memes and, well, blogosphere. This useful glossary will have you talking like a true blogger in no time. However I promise that I’ll try to speak in a language we all understand until the end of the 23 Things programme!

Further Information:

Take some time to read these useful resources:

The world’s 100 most popular blogs – With some sites receiving thousands of hits a day the influence of the blog is increasing. See what Technorati have to say about the worlds most popular blogs.

Blogs can be very subject specific – Here is the Times List of the 50 best food blogs.

The ethical blogger by Karen Schneider – How careful do librarian bloggers have to be about ethics and professional standards?

Blogs in plain English from the Common Craft Show Common Craft produce great little films on a variety of Web 2.0 technologies. This 3 minute film tells you all you need to know about blogs.

Finally A word from the host organisation that you will be using to launch your own blog – WordPress. Introduction to Blogging

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