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Blogging Librarians

Posted by Brian Kelly on 30 Jul 2007

Way back in December 2006 I asked Where Are The Blogging UK Librarians? There were a number of replies to the post and, since, then, I’ve touched on a number of issues related to the use of blogs within a library context.

And I’m please to announce that myself and my colleague Kara Jones (who works in the Library here at the University of Bath) have had a proposal accepted to facilitate a half-day workshop (or ‘masterclass’ in the official parlance) at the ILI 2007 conference.

I think the blogging UK librarians  are to be found in many more places than when I first asked  my question. So the issues Kara and I would like to address in our workshop include how are blogs being used; what strategies were used to get blogs deployed within the organisation (did you encounter any barriers and, if so, how did you overcome them?); what is the technical architecture for your blog (what software do you use and is it hosted externally or installed locally); how is you blog managed; do you have any metrics to demonstrate (or perhaps justify) the success of your blog and what advice would you give to others who are just starting on this path?

Note that the resources we will develop for the workshop will have a Creative Commons licence to allow their reuse by others.

Thoughts, comments, etc. will be appreciated.  You can add comments to this blog post. Alternatively, as part of an evaluation of the Ning social networking environment, Kara and I have set up a “Using Blog Effectively In Your Organisation” discussion area within the Library 2.0 area of Ning.  Feel free to the discussions in that environment.

Technorai tags: ili2007

3 Responses to “Blogging Librarians”

  1. Tom Roper said

    Shall I break the ice?
    I’ve used blogs in several library or quasi-library roles (not all of these are still current):
    Current awareness service for medical educators:
    METRO project:
    Medical humanities:
    Language learning:
    No barriers, because I just got on with it and didn’t ask permission. All hosted externally, either on blog hosts (medical education one actually started life on Mostly written through hosts web interfaces, or posts prepared in a text editor beforehand, though I did use iBlog, MarsEdit and later ecto. Metrics: use statcounter to record stats. Crude but good enough.
    Main issue: blog established to support work of a particular group/organisation, but subsequently find lots of visitors fromtotally different places. Does this matter? I think not, but some felt it diluted the message, as it were

  2. Just anecdotally: I just published a book profiling 252 English-language public library blogs. None of them are from England (one is from Ireland). Admittedly, this could be because none of them are included in the two major blog lists (Blogging Libraries Wiki and LISWiki blog pages)–but Pete Smith seemed to think it’s quite likely that there aren’t any.

    If you’re interested, you’ll find the book itself at or lots more information about it on my blog, Walt at Random, at

    I’m starting work on a similar project for academic library blogs. It’s already quite clear that UK institutions will be better represented…

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