Tuesday, May 30, 2006

How can I get my library to blog????

Still trying to get this idea of the online blogging at the library I work at. It seems to be getting some interest, but still the usual main concerns of allowing users access to it seems a concern to some of the staff. Therefore, the idea is being 'talked about'. Thing is if I'm to be true to my library 2.0 principles, which are:-

'With Library 2.0, library services are frequently evaluated and updated to meet the changing needs of library users. Library 2.0 also calls for libraries to encourage user participation and feedback in the development and maintaining of library services. The active and empowered library user is a significant component of Library 2.0.'

How can it be empowering it we don't hear the voices of our clients? I can understand some people being weary of users, but as the cluetrain says 'markets are conversations'. Anyhow, if I can just give a presentation I'm sure I could get it on board.

In support of my idea I read Darlene Fichter article, which points some of the reasons for libraries blogging being:-

1.Support Your Dedicated Users: An obvious hit with most library visitors is finding out what new books, videos, CDs, or DVDs have been added to the collection. Think about setting up topics on your blog for each genre: mysteries, horror, science fiction, romance, and so on. In an academic library, prepare special alerts about new resources and Web sites for particular departments or colleges.

2.Engage Your Community: Post new book reviews and book award lists. Invite comments and suggestions. Create an online book discussion area by asking readers to recommend books to others.

3.Support Your Community: Librarians are always looking for ways to offer value-added services. Can you offer a special service with the blog and reach a new audience? A local election news blog that posts announcements about candidate Web sites, nominations, and meetings might be a natural project for libraries that are mandated to make local council minutes and agendas available to the public.

4.Building New Ties: Are you trying to reach a new area of your community? What about offering a blog in another language to provide short entries on upcoming programs and new resources? Perhaps you are trying to reach out to teachers in order to market library services and to make sure that school visits work effectively for the library and the schools. What about starting a blog-style newsletter that's just for teachers? You can focus on special services for teachers, programs for schools, new research resources, book lists, and seasonal Web sites of interest. Some blogs allow you to have extended entries and include feature articles.

Well, here's to hoping I can do a presentation to get the library on board.

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