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  1. How Libraries are Using Web Logs Public Libraries in the USA July 2005 Presentation for MLA 2005 Jennifer Crispin

  2. Weblog • "a website that is updated frequently, with new material posted at the top of the page.” • Rebecca Blood, Weblog Historian

  3. Overview of Previous Research • Blog Without a Library • Cites and Insights • Weblogg-ed • Most research combines library blogs with blogs by librarians

  4. Criteria for Inclusion • US • Public Library • Blog Format or Software

  5. Sources • Libdex- • 23 Weblogs • 13 Active • Open Directory • 10 Weblogs • 3 Active • Blog Without a Library • 101 Web Logs • 69 Active

  6. What is Active? • Post(s) after June 30, 2005 • Some “active” weblogs had no posts in July

  7. Points about Data Collection • Not as user, but as researcher • July 2005 is random choice

  8. Weblogs • 31 States • 101 Libraries • 136 Weblogs

  9. Active Compared to Inactive

  10. Active Weblogs • 29 States • 88 Libraries • 89 Weblogs • 808 entries in July 2005 • Ave. 9 entries per weblog

  11. Active Libraries: Start Date • 37 in 2005 • 31 in 2004 • 9 in 2003 • 1 in 2002 • 1 in 2001 • 4 undetermined

  12. Active Blogging Libraries by State

  13. Active Weblogs, by State

  14. Host Information • 44 on Blogspot • 36 hosted by Library • 9 on Other • Typepad, Livejournal, lishost, etc

  15. Blogging Software • 58 on Blogger • 12 on Movable Type • 5 on Word Press • 14 on Other

  16. Blogging Software

  17. Audience

  18. Topics • Book Reviews (42 of 89) • New Book Information (42 of 89) • Library Staff News (32 of 89) • Library Events (65 of 89) • Community Events (31 of 89) • Other (25 of 89)

  19. Outstanding Web Logs • Oldest Consistently Updated Web Log • Wilton Library Lines • http://www.wiltonlibrary.org/liblines/librarylinesindex.asp • Most entries in July 2005 • Sellers Library Teen Page, 67 • http://sellerslibraryteens.blogspot.com/ • Most comments in July 2005 • Sellers Library Teen Page, 14 • http://sellerslibraryteens.blogspot.com/

  20. Missouri Library Web Log • Missouri River Regional Library Expansion Blog • http://www.mrrl.org/expansion/blog/ • Started April 2005 • 20 entries • 24 comments

  21. Is a Blog Right for Your Library? • Don’t start a blog because your colleagues elsewhere think it’s cool. Start a blog if it’s right for your community.

  22. Things a Library Blog Must Have • Street address. • Other contact information • Link to library page • Names of authors. • Consistent Updates!

  23. Blogs Take Time • 20 minutes a day • Job duty • Spread the work

  24. Cautions • 404 Pages • Abandoned • Comment spam • Represent the library

  25. Abandoned Blogs • Why so many? • Lack of time • Lack of interest • Blogging librarian moves

  26. Blog Software • http://www.blogger.com • http://www.movabletype.org • http://www.wordpress.org

  27. Blog Directories • http://www.blogwithoutalibrary.net/ • http://www.libdex.com/weblogs.html

  28. More Resources • http://www.jennifercrispin.com • Presentation File • List of Weblogs Studied • Links to Resources