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Is it the end of an era for librarian blogging? « thewikiman

Is it the end of an era for librarian blogging? « thewikiman | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Yeah, this: “@theREALwikiman: Is it the end of an era for librarian blogging? http://t.co/DlbjoTEoSa”;

 

Lack of time is the biggest reason given for not blogging these days, and that makes a lot of sense. But I think it might be a changing of the guard, rather than an overall slow-down – a bunch of new professionals becoming older professionals, and newer ones attacking the biblioblogosphere with a fervor in their place. If we interact online in loosely defined sets (in my case, it’s largely ‘the people who were new professionals in 2009 when I went to the new professionals conference’) then it stands to reason that there would be a collective ebb and flow in our activity. As we get up the career ladder we become busier and have less time to blog, and we’re on similar cycles of activity, commitments, and enthusiasm…


So if you blog, do you blog less now than you used to? Is it the end of an era for librarian blogging? And if so, to what do you attribute this – is it just lack of time, or are there other reasons too?

Karen du Toit's insight:

Interesting discussion point > is it slowing down?

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Tumblr sparks interest in National Archive documents

Tumblr sparks interest in National Archive documents | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

The US National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has figured out how to get people interested in historical and government documents: put them on Tumblr. 

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Worth considering for archives!

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This is how we do it: Social media at Christchurch City Libraries

This is how we do it: Social media at Christchurch City Libraries | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Posted by Donna:

" [...] discuss how we at Christchurch City Libraries use social media – what we think is important, what we do, and why we do it. Hopefully it opens up a dialogue amongst Kiwi librarians. Wouldn’t it be grand if our information community were more forthcoming about sharing information on making the best use of social media?"

 

Topics covered in the article:

 

"- Many voices

- We talk about all sorts of things – events, new books, new stuff on the website.

- Content is king

- Made you look (Twitter)

- Looking at the tools and processes

- The power of the image

- The social catalogue

- A reading list on social media in New Zealand public libraries"

 

 

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10 Steps To Curate Your Social Media Content With Scoop.it for Increased Value

10 Steps To Curate Your Social Media Content With Scoop.it for Increased Value | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

If you want learn more about social media curation and/or start your own scoop.it you should read this excellent and detailed blog post from Shirley Williams. [note mg]

 

Are you asking the following questions: “What is social media curation?” and “How does it add value?” Are you like many business owners trying to get your head around curation and the associated benefits? Well I have come to realize, you are not alone!

 

In an earlier post I defined curation. In this post I would like us to revisit that definition and share how value can be gained by demonstrating how to use Scoop.it.

 

Reminder of What’s Social Media Curation?

 

With the exponential growth of social networks and blogs, the amount of information on the internet can be overwhelming and time consuming. Consequently, the role of the social media curator has become increasingly more attractive. Social media curation is when you filter, select, review and reposition quality content on the web for a specific audience and/or topic...

 

Read more: http://bit.ly/IRXDad


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angel Graham's comment, May 8, 2012 6:45 PM
These are all very good things. I do some already. Some I need to implement. Thank you.
Martin Gysler's comment, May 9, 2012 5:17 AM
You're welcome Angel. I'm glad if you learned something new to improve your know-how!
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Social Networking and Web 2.0 applications | American Library Association

Social Networking and Web 2.0 applications | American Library Association | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
U.S. libraries of all types are turning more and more to social media and Web 2.0 applications and tools, using a wide range of applications to connect with customers.

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Best library / librarian blog 2011 | The Edublog Awards

Best library / librarian blog 2011 | The Edublog Awards | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Nominations listed for the best librarian blog 2011

 

Best library / librarian blog 2011 http://t.co/nLtJH6xb via @AddThis just voted for @gwynethjones :)...

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Are You Utilizing a Content Strategy? - Blogging Tips

Are You Utilizing a Content Strategy? - Blogging Tips | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Successful bloggers are simply using a content strategy in their marketing efforts.

 

Many bloggers just seem to go through their daily writing and posting routine by winging it. They don’t achieve the success they see other bloggers attaining. What’s the secret? What are other bloggers doing differently? It’s possible that successful bloggers are simply using a content strategy in their marketing efforts. They give each piece of content a purpose and use it to its maximum ability.

 

In simple terms, they plan their content and their strategy...


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Karen du Toit's comment, October 25, 2011 7:37 AM
Thanks for the article! I shared it!
Martin Gysler's comment, October 25, 2011 7:41 AM
You're welcome Karen! I'm happy if is useful for you and your network. Cheers!
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New 7 Strategies for Growing Community on Your Blog, by Problogger Darren Rowse

7 Strategies for Growing Community on Your Blog: I think these tips apply to libraries http://t.co/32AaY6cJZ4

 

Here are the 7 strategies mentioned:

“Write in a conversational voice.”Invite interaction.Consider a dedicated community area.Use interactive and accessible mediums.Run projects and challenges.Real life events. talk about what’s actually happening in your community.Put your readers in the spotlight.”

Original article here: http://www.problogger.net/archives/2013/03/28/7-strategies-for-growing-community-on-your-blog/

Karen du Toit's insight:

Applies to blogs, webs and social media.

Also applicable to libraries!

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Slides: Using a community of practice to support librarian bloggers in an academic library, @edbilodeau | Elemental Musings

Slides: Using a community of practice to support librarian bloggers in an academic library, @edbilodeau | Elemental Musings | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Rby Edward Bilodeau: @edbilodeau: Slides from my recent talk, Using a community of practice to support librarian bloggers in an academic library.

 

http://blogs.library.mcgill.ca/edbilodeau/files/2012/11/cmd2012-cop-librarian-bloggers.pdf

 

"Weblogs are an established technology that provides librarians with a powerful communication tool for reaching out to their user communities. While the technology may be readily available and easy to use, it is often challenging for librarians to move past the initial launch of their weblog and develop it into a sustainable means of communication. Librarians need to not only learn how to blog in a professional context, what content to produce, and how to use it to support or replace other activities. They need to learn how to use their blogs to engage with patrons and to become effective participants in their professional and academic blogging communities.

Communities of practice provide a social learning context that allows librarians to share their experiences and work together to develop their understanding and skills to become more effective bloggers. The community of practice also becomes a resource for other librarians interested in this practice, a form of organizational memory that persists beyond the involvement of any individual librarian.

This presentation will demonstrate the use of a community of practice to support the launch of a new blogging platform at the McGill Library. An overview of the initial conceptualization and planning of the CoP will be provided, followed by a discussion of how the community came together and evolved as members gained experience as librarian bloggers. Potential applications of communities of practice to other aspects of academic librarianship will also be discussed."

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23 things for professional development, training and networking for Information Professionals

A talk given to the Historic Libraries Forum conference 'Hard Times' on Tuesday 15 November 2011.

 

 

23 things for professional development training and networking in hard times, by Katie Birkwood, University Library Cambridge
"23 Things‟ is a type of training……which started at the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (North Carolina, USA) in August 2006.
the PLCMC course aimed…“…to encourage staff to experiment and learn about the new and emerging technologies that are reshaping the context of information on the Internet today”
23 things course gives participants 23 tools to try out and asks them to write a blog post about each of them.

things are introduced according to a schedule, but participants choose when to do each thing.

blogging is intended to encourage support and communication amongst and between participants.
23 things has been hugely popular…"

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A social media manual for Canadian health librarians, by Dean Giustini > Slideshare

About Dean Giustini. I am the UBC Biomedical Branch librarian at Vancouver hospital. I teach at the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, and the School of Population and Public Health.

 

Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/giustinid/social-media-manual-for-canadian-health-librarians-2012?from=embed 

 

"An introduction to social media

Background This online session is an introduction to the use of social media tools such as Facebook,LinkedIn & Twitterfor health librarians.

The instructors are bloggers and regular users of social media in their daily information practices – they also use social media via their desktops and mobile devices.

Various methods to using social media will be discussed for beginners and more advanced users during theworkshop, which will consist of lectures, powerpoint presentationsand group discussions (and, if technically possible from your location, hands-on learning). During the workshop, several social media trends will be discussed and made relevantfor participants. These trends include social networking, blogging, microblogging and content generation using social media. The pros and cons of using social media in health care will bediscussed, and a range of resources and weblinks to reading and research will be provided.

Learning objectives:

To introduce social media including blogs, wikis, Twitter and Facebook and outline their use in health libraries in 2012

To provide examples of social media used by health librarians in Canada and the US

To engage health librarians in discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of social media using practical examples from health care and health library contexts

To begin a discussion about best practices in using social media in health libraries

Skills gained during workshop:

By the end of this course, participants will:

• Be able to list and understand the core components of major social media tools useful for health librarians and their patrons

• Have practical examples of ways to implement social media effectively in health libraries

• Understand issues in social media implementation such as audiences, goal setting, measurement and

• Discuss the impact of new social awareness services in health and medicine, and engage in thinking about future trends"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Librarian blogger keeps tabs on tech revolution - KALW

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Librarian blogger keeps tabs on tech revolution KALW By Holly McDede

In 2003, librarian Sarah Houghton was tired of having to wander around the Internet looking for information about technology and Web services.

 

"Houghton envisions a future where libraries will be technology hubs and hacker spaces, with 3-D printers and the latest, greatest laptops. People will gather to program code and make artwork and music videos."

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The Future of Social Media: 38 Experts Share Their Predictions For 2012

The Future of Social Media: 38 Experts Share Their Predictions For 2012 | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Brian Rice wrote this piece for Business 2 Community

 

 

"What is in store for 2012? With only two months remaining until the end of the year, there is no better time than now to pause and take a look towards the future."

 

 

 

Here are a few things that caught my attention:

 

Elias Roman, CEO and co-founder of Songza

 

First, the easy prediction: more and more of the information we consume on a daily basis (from news to product reviews to entertainment) will come via the social media channels we have opted into and, more specifically, from the information filters we have chosen to subscribe to in those channels.

 

****In the short term, more information will come from more sources delivered through fewer channels.

 

Tony Ellison CEO from Shoplet.com

 

****Social media can insert the missing human touch and allow mankind to tap into the full potential of the internet. Because of this, it is going to transform eCommerce as we know it.

 

Loren McDonald, VP of Industry Relations at Silverpop

 

The convergence of mobile, social, local and email, or “mocial,” is forcing marketers to change the way they interact with customers and prospects to ensure that they are where their customers and prospects are, all the time. In 2012 and beyond, savvy marketers will need to cross promote between all channels.

 

Read full article [http://bit.ly/um8j7u]

 


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Tumblr for Family History Societies and Libraries | Social Media and Genealogy

Tumblr for Family History Societies and Libraries | Social Media and Genealogy | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Tumblr is a great platform for a family history society blog. You can share enormous photos, links and news, and the format is large and easy to read.
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