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BlogBib: Presentations on Blogging

Part 8 of BlogBib, An Annotated Bibliography on Weblogs and Blogging, with a Focus on Library/Librarian Blogs...

I'm Susan Herzog, Information Literacy Librarian @ Eastern Connecticut State University. This blog is part of my BlogBib, submitted to The Reference Librarian.

Part 1: Definitions & History
Part 2: Articles & Interviews About Blogs
Part 3: BlogBib: Blogging @Your Library
Part 4: BlogBib: Blogging Tools
Part 5: BlogBib: Select Librarian/Library Blogs
Part 6: BlogBib: Books on Blogging
Part 7: BlogBib: Studies on Blogging

Select presentations by the library world’s blogging experts. Where available, conference abstracts describe the various blogging presentations.

Angeles, Michael. “Supporting KM with Weblogs.” Computers in Libraries 2004. March 11, 2004. http://urlgreyhot.com/drupal/cil2004.

Angeles is Information Specialist at Lucent Technologies: “Weblogging software has received plenty of attention as a quick and easy way to post content to a Web site. Weblogging can also be used to support knowledge management, called knowledge logging, or k-logging, and is emerging as an inexpensive alternative to large-scale KM solutions. The blogs may support research development, share industry information, capture and disperse project information among a team, or just annotate relevant literature for colleagues. This session uses real-world examples to illustrate how libraries can support k-loggers in their organizations and discusses what systems the library can create to make Weblog content findable and accessible.”

Ayre, Lori Bowen. “Want To Go Blogging?” Infopeople Webcast. March 2004. http://infopeople.org/training/webcasts/handouts/2004/03-09-04_handouts/want_to_go_blogging_ppt1.ppt#1.

Ayre, founder of The Galecia Group, presents a practical introduction to blogging including helpful sections on planning, best practices, and how to learn more: “No, blogging is not a new winter sport. Weblogs, or blogs, might be described as personal websites maintained by a single individual (the blogger) with links to other sites the blogger finds interesting, information about upcoming events, personal thoughts and opinions, maybe some poetry or stories -- or all of the above. But weblogs are no longer limited to individuals. The technology is being used by politicians, corporations and even libraries! Libraries are using blogs to announce upcoming events, alert patrons to new books that have just come in, and disseminate timely community news. This webcast will cover how you can make your website more hip and dynamic using very affordable weblog technology.”

Bradley, Phil. “Weblogs; what, why, where & when.” http://www.philb.com/weblogsppt/Weblogs_files/frame.htm.

Bradley, UK Information Specialist and Internet Consultant, writes a monthly column for the CILIP Update magazine and a quarterly column on search engines for Ariadne. While this presentation is aimed at business, beyond the basics of blogging, Bradley offers helpful suggestions on promoting any organization.

Cervone, Frank. “Libraries, Blogs & RSS.” Internet Librarian International 2004, London, UK, October 12, 2004. http://www.internet-librarian.com/Presentations/Cervone_B201_B202.ppt.

Cervone is Assistant University Librarian for Information Technology, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL: “Weblogs (blogs) are one of the hottest things on the web today, but what relevance do they have to libraries? A lot, according to Frank Cervone. Weblogs can help you learn about developments in any field, but they can also be used to reach out to patrons in new and exciting ways. Listen and learn how new technologies, such as RSS, are used to provide new, exciting services and how they are being deployed in libraries today. You will also learn what blogs are, about blogging software, and how blogs can be used to provide more effective library services.”

Clyde, L. Anne. "Blogs As Evidence: Blogs And Libraries.” ISSA, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia. October 2004. http://www.hi.is/~anne/curtin.html.

Professor and Chair of the Library and Information Science Department at the University of Iceland, Reykjavík, where she teaches courses related to information technology in libraries and information agencies, Clyde is the most prolific European writer and presenter on blogging and libraries. Here is a selection of her most current presentations available via the Web. Links include What is a weblog?, Weblogs as Information Sources, Weblogs as Professional Development Resources, Weblogs as Tools for Communication with the Library's Community, Personal Weblogs -- Miscellaneous!, and Resources.

___. “Weblogs And Libraries: The Potential And The Reality.” Online Information 2004. London, UK. December 2004. http://www.hi.is/~anne/lib-weblog.ppt.

This presentation includes a review of the literature and focuses on libraries in general and public libraries in particular. Clyde presents her research methodology and provides statistics on blogs by county, by type of library, interactive facility, software used, and how often blogs are updated.

___. “Enterprise Blogging.” Online Information 2004. London, UK. December 2004. http://www.hi.is/~anne/entblogs.html.

Links include Enterprise Applications of Weblogs, Blogs About Enterprise Blogging, Articles About Enterprise Blogging, Resources for Enterprise Blogging, Examples of Enterprise Blogs, Newspaper Blogs, and Knowledge Management Blogs.

___. “Weblogs And School Libraries.” Professional Development Seminar for Teacher Librarians, State Library of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. July 2004. http://www.hi.is/~anne/slnsw-tl.html.

Links include What is a weblog?, Weblogs as Information Sources, Weblogs as Professional Development Resources, Weblogs as Tools for Communication with the Library's Community, Personal Weblogs -- Miscellaneous!, Weblogs in Education, and Resources.

___. “Weblogs In The Library And Information Science Environment.” Online Information 2003. London, UK. December 2003. http://www.hi.is/~anne/online2003.html.

“The printed paper on which this presentation is based, provides an overview of weblogs in the library and information science environment as a whole. It focuses on two aspects of the topic: weblogs as sources of information for reference work and continuing professional development; and weblogs as tools that libraries can use for contact with their clients and for promoting their collections and services. The types of weblogs covered in the paper include weblogs that deal with the general topic of library and information science; weblogs covering specialist topics in the field of library and information science; weblogs created by professional associations and organisations; weblogs created by library and information schools; weblogs created by individual librarians; and weblogs as authoritative information sources. The conference presentation will extend the published paper by discussing the findings of an international study of library weblogs (that is, weblogs created by libraries) in October 2003.”

Cohen, Steven M. and Jenny Levine. “Weblogs/RSS 101.” Internet Librarian 2004. November 13, 2004. http://www.librarystuff.net/presentations/11142004AM.ppt.

Cohen, Assistant Librarian, Rivkin Radler, LLP, and Levine, Internet Development Specialist, Suburban Library System, have partnered to present an in-depth preconference: “Weblogs have exceeded all expectations for use in the library world, and RSS is sure to do the same. In this hands-on session, users not only learn the ins and outs of using Weblog software (i.e., Blogger, Radio, and Movable Type) and how to read RSS feeds via a news aggregator (i.e., Radio, Newzcrawler, and Syndirella), but have the opportunity to actually work with the products discussed!! The instructors discuss how to set up a blog, review the positive and negative aspects of each blogging tool, and show how to set up and use news aggregators in the easiest way possible.”

___. Weblogs/RSS 201. Internet Librarian 2004. November 13, 2004. http://www.librarystuff.net/presentations/11142004PM.ppt.

“This workshop focuses on the more advanced features of Weblogs and RSS. Topics include how to get the most out of Weblogs and RSS (marketing, creating a user community), resources for a more customized approach to RSS, and ways in which both can be implemented into the library environment. It provides opportunities for peer discussions as well as working with the advanced features of tools discussed.”

Cohen, Steven M. and Michael Stephens. “Get ‘Em Started—Teaching Weblogs to Staff.” Internet Librarian 2004. November 16, 2004. http://www.tametheweb.com/presentations/getemstarted.ppt.

Cohen presented with Michael Stephens, Special Projects Librarian, St. Joseph County Public Library and blogger for Tame the Web: “In order to have Weblogs work in the library environment, be it corporate, academic, or even public, staff need to be trained on how to use the technology so that they can use it to best serve their clients. This session discusses methods and theories on how to best train your staff for the Weblog revolution.”

Fichter, Darlene. "Blogging Basics." Computers in Libraries 2004. March 11, 2004. http://library.usask.ca/~fichter/talks04/cil/2004.02.17.cyber.

Fichter, one of the earliest library bloggers, has presented on blogging at myriad library conferences since 2002; here are a selection of her most current presentations available via the Web: “So what is blogging? Why is it important to librarians and how can they use it in their work? Hear from Darlene Fichter, Data Librarian, University of Saskatchewan, an Internet pioneer, and a blogging expert.”

___. "The Blogging Explosion—Libraries and Weblogs." Computers in Libraries 2003. March 14, 2003. http://library.usask.ca/~fichter/talks03/cil/2003.03.10.blogging.pps.

“Blogs are a goldmine for ‘emergent information’ on the web. Not only have libraries and librarians started to mine this information, but many have joined the blogging community and become creators of innovative Weblogs. This session discusses how blogs can help you produce instant content for your Web site and market libraries and library services. It covers different types of blogs, popular free and low cost blogging services, as well as new software packages for blogging. Our expert highlights new blog features and add-ons that help you create dynamic resource sites.”

___. “Blogging Tools.” Internet Librarian 2003. November 5, 2003.

“Choosing the ‘best’ blogging tool can be tough with all the hype and buzz. Blast through the noise and zero in on key features and functions you need in a blogging tool. Narrow the field down by defining your core requirements whether you’re choosing a blog for an Internet application or an Intranet.”

___. "Using Weblogs To Spread The Word About Libraries." Hawaii Library Association 2004 Annual Conference. October 23, 2004. http://library.usask.ca/~fichter/talks03/cil/2003.03.10.blogging.pps.

”Libraries are treasure troves of information, but how many of our users know even half of what we offer? Weblogs can be a dynamite way to reach out to our users and market our libraries’ programs and services. Find out what weblogs are, how quick they are to set up, and see examples of libraries worldwide using weblogs to promote their libraries. Be prepared to be amazed as you see all the ways large and small libraries have put weblogs to use to serve their users better.”

___. "Weblogs - Opportunities for Special Libraries.” Special Libraries Network, Saskatoon, SK, Canada. June 17, 2004.
Resources and Bibliography:

“How can special libraries use weblogs to market the library and offer new services for their users? Take a tour of some library weblogs and take a look at some tools available.”

Huwe, Terence K. “Beyond Blogging 101: Applying Reference Skills to Weblogs.” Computers in Libraries 2004. March 11, 2004. http://www.infotoday.com/cil2004/presentations/Huwe_Blogging101.pps.

One year after being inspired by Steven Cohen and Jenny Levine’s presentation on blogging, Huwe, Director, Library and Information Resources, Institute of Industrial Relations, University of California, Berkeley, focuses on the “what for” rather than the “how-to” of blogging: “Weblogs, or blogs, are everywhere these days, and potential library applications have gained a lot of interest and momentum in the past year. This presentation goes beyond ‘how to get started’ and focuses on how blogs influence work styles and organizations. Huwe demonstrates how his organization created a subject-specific blog to meet its user communities and concludes with some strategic recommendations for building a high-value blog along subject lines.”

Lawley, Elizabeth Lane. “Beyond Blogging.” Internet Librarian 2003. November 4, 2003. http://www.it.rit.edu/~ell/il03-bb/.

Lawley, Associate Professor, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, and veteran blogger: “This session goes beyond what's happening in the world of blogging today and looks at what’s on the horizon in terms of publishing and communications. It considers the impact of blogs, wikis, and other related technologies on info pros and their clients and how they might be integrated into work in the future.”

Levine, Jenny. “Blogging 101.” North Suburban Library System. October 12, 2004. http://www.sls.lib.il.us/infotech/presentations/NSLS/blogging.pdf.

"What is blogging and why is everyone doing it? Can it really help libraries? Yes! Jenny Levine, Internet Development Specialist and author of The Shifted Librarian blog , will show how all types of libraries are using blogs to ‘tell their story,’ disseminate library news more efficiently, and ease the workload on staff. Come to this session and find out how your library can take advantage of the power of blogging!”

Levine, Jenny. “Increasing Your Visibility Using Blogs.” Internet Librarian 2003.
November 5, 2003. http://www.sls.lib.il.us/infotech/presentations/il2003/marketing.pdf.

Levine focuses on marketing your career: “Ever thought of using Weblogs to jump start your career rather than to just increase the distribution of library content to your users? Publishing via weblog technology allows users to easily distribute their ideas and theories to a wide audience. This cybertour addresses key methods for becoming a ‘blogger’, and how creating and writing a weblog can increase your marketability with potential employers.”

Levine, Jenny and Greg Schwartz. “Making the Most of the Blogosphere.” Internet Librarian 2004. November 16, 2004. http://www.infotoday.com/il2004/presentations/Levine_Schwartz.ppt

Levine, Internet Development Specialist, Suburban Library System, and Schwartz, Circulation Support Supervisor, Louisville Free Public Library: ”Weblogs cover a nearly infinite diversity of topics and perspectives. Numerous aids have been developed to help users make sense of the blogosphere and improve their efficiency in navigating it. This session explores an array of tools and techniques for finding and following blogs of interest and relevance to the end user.”

Nackerud, Shane, Bill Tantzen, and John Butler. “Uthink: Blogs at the University Libraries.” April 6, 2004. http://www.lib.umn.edu/san/tel.ppt.

Nackerud, Web Services Coordinator, University of Minnesota Libraries, and creator and webmaster of UThink: Blogs at the University Libraries, with Tantzen and Butler from the Digital Library Development Lab, demonstrates the Uthink blog system they have developed at the University of Minnesota’s University Libraries. The focus is a basic introduction to blogging with a focus on blogs in academia and education.

Notess, Greg. “Harvesting Blogs for Emergent Information.” Internet Librarian
2003. November 4, 2003. http://notess.com/speak/talks/il03harvestingblogs.pps.

Notess is Reference Librarian, Montana State University, and founder of
SearchEngineShowdown.com: “The wealth of information and content contained in blogs is incredible, but it can be a chore to separate it out from rants, duplicates, and irrelevant content. This session highlights strategies and tools for identifying and harvesting high-quality emergent information and content from blogs.”

Richardson, Will. “The Next New Thing: Create, Communicate, & Collaborate with Blogs.” Internet@Schools 2004. March 11, 2004. http://static.hcrhs.k12.nj.us/gems/centralISP/CILPresentationrevision.ppt.

Richardson, Supervisor of Instructional Technology, Hunterdon Central Regional High School, Flemington, NJ, provided the Opening Keynote at the Internet@Schools conference. While there is only one example of a school library blog, Richardson’s pioneering work on blogging in schools will be especially helpful for school librarians: “Weblogs (blogs) offer an innovative way for teachers, staff, and students to create and publish content on the Web. This two-way, readwrite Web capability develops students’ creativity and communication skills and raises the excitement level of classroom projects. Supporting technologies like rich site summary (RSS) add the exciting potential to expand students’ horizons far beyond your school’s geographic boundaries. In this stimulating keynote, learn from Will Richardson, a veteran classroom teacher and technology supervisor, about using blogs to enhance your curriculum and challenge your students.”

Scott, Peter. “Blogging.” Manitoba Library Association Conference, Winnipeg,
Manitoba, Canada. May 8, 2003. http://library.usask.ca/~scottp/wpgb/.

Scott, one of the earliest library bloggers, has presented on blogging at myriad library conferences since 2001; here is a selection of his most current presentations available via the Web: “A blog or Weblog is a Web page containing brief, chronologically arranged items of information. A blog can take the form of a diary, journal, what’s new page, or links to other Web sites. Collaboration is possible, so blogs can also be used on intranets and extranets. Attendees are shown examples of outstanding library-related blogs and are walked through the process of setting up their own blogs. Related concepts are discussed, i.e., how to upload files to servers via FTP, and how to embed their blog into other files. A Web page will be made available for permanent reference, containing links to online blogging services and tools. The presenter is an expert blogger, having created a number of services in both the library and commercial world.”

___. “Blogs, RSS, and Content Streaming.” 2004 Canadian Association of Law Librarians Conference, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. May 17, 2004. http://library.usask.ca/~pas508/call2004/.

“This session will examine the current state of the art in the world of blogging, content-streaming, and syndication technologies i.e. RSS. It will give an in-depth view of blog creation, maintenance, and promotion, and will describe the tools and services available for creating instant and relevant information for the Internet community. Examples of outstanding blogs will be shown, and a website in support of the session will be available for later reference.”

___. “The Impact of Weblogs.” Online Information 2003, London, UK. December 2, 2003. http://library.usask.ca/~pas508/oi2003/.

Scott was moderator for this session which included:

While Scott’s and Clyde’s are the only presentations available online, conference proceedings may be purchased: http://www.online-information.co.uk/ol03/conf_proceedings.html.

Part 1: BlogBib: Definitions & History

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