Posts Tagged ‘research’

#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 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.     


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 -Sabrina Pacifici

       Resource Shelf – Gary Price in action.

       The Shifted Librarian – Jenny Levine looks at innovative technologies.

       Unshelved – A great library comic strip.


        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?


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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#12 – Wikipedia

February 1, 2010 Leave a comment


Wikipedia is a free, web-based, collaborative, multilingual encyclopedia project supported by the non-profit Wikimedia Foundation. Its name is a portmanteau of the words wiki (a technology for creating collaborative websites, from the Hawaiian word wiki, meaning “quick”) and encyclopedia. Wikipedia’s 14 million articles (3.2 million in English) have been written collaboratively by volunteers around the world, and almost all of its articles can be edited by anyone with access to the site. It was launched in 2001 by Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger and is currently the largest and most popular general reference work on the Internet.

Wikipedia is written collaboratively by largely anonymous internet users who write without pay. Anyone with internet access can write and make changes to Wikipedia articles.

Every contribution may be reviewed or changed. The expertise or qualifications of the user is usually not considered. This is possible since Wikipedia’s intent is to cover existing knowledge which is verifiable from other sources, original research and ideas are therefore excluded. People of all ages and cultural and social backgrounds can write Wikipedia articles as most of the articles can be edited by anyone with access to the Internet simply by clicking the edit this page link (found at the top of every editable page). Anyone is welcome to add information, cross-references, or citations, as long as they do so within Wikipedia’s editing policies and to an appropriate standard. Substandard or disputed information is subject to removal. Users need not worry about accidentally damaging Wikipedia when adding or improving information, as other editors are always around to advise or correct obvious errors, and the software is designed to allow easy reversal of editorial mistakes.

Further information about wikipedia can be found here:   About Wikipedia

and here:   What Wikipedia is Not


1.  If you’ve never used the Wikipedia, now is the time to visit it and take a look around!

2.  Search for a topic that you are personally interested in.  Once you have found and read the article, do you have anything to add to it?  Feel free to get involved and edit an article..maybe you can add references or citations, maybe you have additional information that might enhance the article.  Go ahead..after all this is what Web2.0 is all about..sharing and communicating with others.

3.  If you start to get really interested in the concept of wikis, you may ( and this is an optional activity!) want to set up your very own wiki.  Follow these instructions on wikihow on how to start up a wiki of your own

4.  You are not required to create a wiki for this activity, but if you would like to try one, you could look at the website.  This site allows you to create a free wiki on any topic or subject that you would like.  Other free sites include:

5.  Blog about your views about wikis.  If you have set up a wiki of your own..provide a link in your blog so that others can get involved.  Or if you have edited an article in Wikipedia, tell us which article it is so that we can all benefit from your knowledge and experience.

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Finding and Sharing information

January 1, 2010 Leave a comment


Congratulations!  You’ve made it to Week 4!  How time flies….. 

Over the next couple of weeks you are going to be learning about RSS feeds and other news based websites and blogs.  These are particularly useful Web2.0 tools that can assist anyone who is interested in up to date information, which of course, means all of us in the “library business”

 If you have been following the 23 Things programme so far, you will already be using some powerful Web2.0 applications.  You have a blog, you can download photos and even change them around using online image generators. 

 The technological world is changing on almost a daily basis; new gadgets are being developed, mobile phones can now search the web for you, GPS systems are now sold as standard in new car models.   ipads, ebooks, notebooks, apps…the list goes on!!  This is an exciting time…but it can be difficult to keep up with all the new technological advances.

So,  the first activity this week is  on more familiar ground for most of us. 

 Activity 1. 

 Research and create a new technology related blogpost about something ( anything!) that interests you. Post it onto your blog so that all the 23 Things participants can share the information you have found.  Keeping others up to date can be an important element of blogging.

Where do you start?…..

Well there’s the BBC Technology site or Wired Magazine or  The Guardian

Does this new technology excite you?  Does it worry you maybe?  Do you have concerns about its use or can’t you wait to embrace it? 

In the next “thing” we are going to look at a way of keeping up to date with all the latest information.. RSS Feeds

Good hunting!

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