Thursday, November 12, 2009

Links for Nora's Web Tour: How Microblogging Can Enhance Your Blogging Professional Life

Twitter can seem intimidating, even inane. And there's no doubt that, as with any form of communication, there's a lot of noise out there in the Twit-o-sphere. So here are some useful links that will help you cut through the noise and make twitter a more useful part of your professional life.

WeFollow is a useful site that allows users to "tag" themselves with various terms, and then indexes those terms, ranking users by popularity and influence. Here are two examples of WeFollow lists that can be of use to librarians:

I like to use these kinds of directories to get a lay of the land -- click through to a few profiles, and see what's being said. Find someone whose voice and perspective you like, or who is posting links that are useful to you. Then, see who they follow. Find out what they're reading. Or look to see what lists they're on or what lists they've made for themselves.

You can also use lists. Lists are relatively new on twitter. Basically, anyone with a twitter account can create a list, using any criteria, from "Media Leaders" to "Men with Mustaches." The user can place any other Twitter user on that list, which can then be accessed by anyone from the listmaker's profile, from the profile of anyone listed, or from the profile of people who follow the list. It's a great way of organizing types information into one place.

Here's a list a user called MarianLiberryan put together of library professionals:

And with lists, rather than following all the individuals listed, you can opt to just follow the list. This means that you can easily access the list from your twitter page, but that the tweets coming through on the list aren't fed into your main twitter feed. Creating a list is a great way to organize the kinds of information coming through your twitter feed and to keep yourself organized.

Here are a few of the libraries and librarians that I follow on Twitter:

Libraries and Organizations:

LibGig (Library job listings!)

Librarians and Information Professionals:

David Lee King (Digital Branch and Services Manager at a library in KS)
Justin Librarian (a Teen Services Librarian in NJ)
Type A Librarian (Jennifer Hrusch, a Library Manager in OH)
ALALibraryVal (Valerie Hawkins, Library Reference Specialist at the ALA)

But what about you? How can you, as a library professional or LIS student, join in on the ongoing discussion?

Here are some of the ways that Twitter can be used to augment your online presence:



And here are some tips.
  • As with blogging, don't spam. Reply to other's posts, but don't engage at random. Try to contribute.
  • Re-tweet! Pass along information that you think is useful, interesting, or funny. You don't have to comment, but make sure you cite who you got it from.
  • Know when to self-censor -- try not to get caught up in petty arguments or compromise patron confidentiality.
  • Engage with the wider world. Is True Blood a trending topic? Recommend readers check out "Dead Until Dawn."
  • Be yourself! Tweet about what interests you, and try to convey enthusiasm through your posts.
Further Reading:

Brown, L. (Fall 2008) "Twittering Libraries" LIS 5313 Wiki.

Cole, S. (June 15, 2009) "20 Ways For Librarians to Use Twitter" Library Journal. Vol, 134, Issue 11. p 25.

Kroski, E. (July, 1, 2008) "All A Twitter" School Library Journal

McManus, R. (November 10, 2009) "40% of People 'Friend' Brands on Facebook" Read Write Web.

Thompson, C. (September 5, 2009), "The Brave New World of Digital Intimacy" New York Times Magazine.

Monday, November 9, 2009

A thought...

Hi everyone,

I've been thinking about our group presentation as a whole and realizing that we do not discuss the different types of librarian blogs, or make specific suggestions about how to use a blog in a library setting. Nora touches on this a bit in her section on twitter, but it is not addressed elsewhere.

Do any of you think this is an oversight?

Since I am talking about using blogs as a workspace, I may try to rework my slides to discuss professional blogs a bit more generally, including the virtual workspace angle. I can try to work in links to various professional blogs as well.

It is a late stage for me to rework my presentation, so I will see if its possible. If it's not, does everyone think we're still ok?

"See" you all on Wednesday!


Saturday, November 7, 2009

Blogging and Microblogging Outline

Hi guys,

Once again, I apologize for missing today's meeting. Please let me know if I've overlapped any of your presentations here, and I'll have the finished version ready Wednesday.


Thursday, November 5, 2009

Reworking my section

I've started putting together my portion of the presentation and may have to redirect/reorganize a bit.

Because of the limits of available research on my specific topic, I may have to change my focus to cataloging--both using blogs to catalog and cataloging blogs themselves.

Does anyone cover these topics?

Do you all think this is a worthwhile exploration?

I will let you all know more by Saturday and will try to put up a rough outline when it's ready.

Let me know your thoughts...


Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Suggested Titles to Read ...

Below are some books I’ve checked out from my local libraries, which you should also check out from your local libraries! It was via these books that I was able to create my PowerPoint rough draft on Tuesday.

• Farkas, M. G. (2007). Social Software in Libraries: Building Collaboration, Communication, and Community Online. New York, NY: Hyperion.
• Stone, Biz. (2004). Who Let the Blogs Out? New York, NY: St. Martin’s Press.
• Yang, Jonathan. (2006). The Rough Guide to Blogging. New York, NY: Rough Guides, LTD.
• Hill, Brad. (2006). Blogging for Dummies. Indianapolis, IN: Wiley Publishing.

The first title is especially useful for some of your presentations (though not so useful to mine, as things turned out).

- Caroline Han

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Slightly Off Topic

I really like this video explanation of Web 2.0. (It's a classic!)

I'm toying around with various ways to incorporate a web tour into my portion of the presentation, and thought I'd post the video as a bit of aspirational fodder. I'd love to create something with similar energy. Though I might need a bit more time (and talent) to make it a reality!

Anyway. It was great chatting with you all tonight. I'm excited to see everyone's presentation outlines this weekend!


Monday, October 26, 2009


So sorry for the late arrival! Some thoughts...

Lots of great launch points floating around here...Perhaps it's time to create a focus or a rough "outline"? Like Jessica, I'm having a hard time envisioning how this presentation is going to come together.

I think it's important to discuss both blogs and twitters(?) as examples of social networking resources. Some of the blogs listed in chapter 18 of our MLIS text might be worth discussion. I keep reading more and more that blogs are on the decline now that twitter has taken over. (Much like the myspace to facebook trend.) It might be a good idea to discuss long-term viability of these platforms as well as the "history" of blogging/microblogging.

Should we break up the topic into youth services vs academic vs adult services, etc?

I don't think we necessarily need to provide a link to our own blog if we have other "interactive" portions. Surveys, etc...

I like the idea of doing one long powerpoint, but don't know how to accomplish it logistically. I unfortunately use an older version of MS PowerPoint, so I can't use a lot of the great templates that are available.

Is there any interest in doing a web tour as part of our presentation? Actually "walking through" some of the sites with our classmates?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Remember the Individual Essays ... ?

Though it may seem strange to you, I've completed my 700 - 1000 word article review/critique. I decided to get it done early because it's the only individual part of this project.

The article I reviewed is The Joy of Blogging from the March 2009 issue of Educational Leadership. I've already uploaded my essay onto Google Docs. It can be accessed via our bart.twitterandblogs.slis account, obviously. Let me know your opinions and constructive criticisms!

- Caroline Han

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Some Quick Twitter Links

Hi guys, here are some quick starting points for exploring Twitter:

We Follow: Librarians
We Follow is an index of Twitter users. Users can add themselves, along with up to five keywords that sum up their interests. Other users can then search for those keywords and see a listing of Twitter accounts, ranked by either "most influential" or "most followers."

Some folks I follow:

At Your Library: The ALA's public awareness account centers around promoting "the value of libraries and librarians." Good for news & links to recent articles & other resources.

ALA Library: The ALA's Library account, which works as sort of a reference desk for questions on libraries and librarianship. Another great source of interesting essays and articles, as well as librarian blogs.

Geek the Library: A good source for articles and essays looking at specific libraries & the issues they face, as well as challenges facing libraries in general.

One thing you might notice looking through these links is how much blogs and twitter have become intertwined, and how all sorts of social media enable ideas and information to be shared quickly throughout the profession.

- Nora

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

School Library Journal Asks: Should Your Library Have a Social Media Policy?

I ran across an interesting article today (in fact, I ran across it in on Justin The Librarian's Twitter feed): Should Your Library Have a Social Media Policy? More and more, it seems like the answer is an unequivocal "Absolutely." As Ellyssa Kroski notes,

The benefits of establishing a social media presence are becoming increasingly apparent as companies such as Dell share their success stories, but we’ve also heard tales of embarrassing Facebook mishaps, hothead Twitterers, and outspoken bloggers. In a time when the distinction between personal and professional realms is fading and seemingly everyone has a Facebook or Twitter profile, a social media policy is a useful way to set some ground rules for employees with regard to their online activities. It’s also a reminder that the content that they post isn’t private and may ultimately reflect on the organization.

A social media policy can help establish clear guidelines for staff members who are posting on behalf of the organization as well as employees with personal social media accounts. There are also standards being created for users, letting them know what’s acceptable to post to an organization’s blog and community pages.
So what sorts of things should a social media policy take into account? Kroski's list of suggested policies (which cover employees personal online activities as well as work-related blogs and tweeting) includes posting disclaimers with personal opinions, showing respect for copyright laws and other bloggers, maintaining transparency and preserving confidentiality. These all may seem like no-brainers, but in a world where personal and professional lives are both increasingly spent online, having these sorts of rules in place has become necessary.

Personally, I try to never mention my work life on my personal blog. This was especially true when I was teaching -- talking about how my life intersected with my students' seemed too personal and potentially inflammatory for the internet. But this article has me wondering: now that so many of us live in public, how can we keep our personal lives seperate from our professional ones? As I move towards librarian-hood, should I be more circumspect about posting my little real-life worries and adventures online? On the internet, where does the person end, and the job begin?

- Nora Sawyer

Informative Links

Here are some links I collected weeks ago regarding blogs:

- Caroline Han

Recap: Presentation Ideas

For the sake of reference, I am re-posting what I communicated via e-mail in regards to presentation ideas:

1.) Create four short PowerPoint presentations (1 per member):
  • Examples of successful (and not so successful) real-life library blogs
  • Dos and Don'ts of creating a blog for your library
  • Compare and contrast various blog platforms (Blogger vs. LiveJournal vs. WordPress): which one is best for which library type?
  • Compare blogging vs. micro-blogging: which is better for a library?

2.) Create one long PowerPoint presentation (all 4 members participate):
  • One person can supply references and images
  • One person can create the outline
  • One person can turn the outline into a PowerPoint file
  • One person can edit the PowerPoint file
In addition here are ideas from Stephanie:
  • History of blogs/micro-blogs
  • Examples of our own blog
  • Speculations for the future of blogging in the e-library
I'm partial to #1 (and would like to take #3 of #1, were we to use that idea). What do you think?

- Caroline


Hi all! So, I'm still unsure of how we're supposed to incorporate our usage of this blog into our paper/presentation?

I do like Nora's idea of also creating a Twitter account so we can maybe compare the two? Possibly in ease of use? I don't know. It may cause too much of an overload with two sources to read from, etc. I'm still kind of at a loss as to how we're going to structure this paper/presentation. I think we still haven't decided on a focus for our project. Let's try to whittle it down to what we want to focus this on.

As Nora said, the due date is only 3 weeks away. Eek!


P.S. Sorry I haven't been able to provide many ideas about this whole thing. Work has gotten me quite stressed out!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

First Ever Post

Hi Stephanie, Jessica, and Nora!

I've finally created our group blog. Remember, the social network resource group assignment is due in three weeks! Yikes! Below are suggestions on how to use this group blog:

  • We can use the blog upload to rough drafts of our critique/reflective essay for review.
  • We can upload rough drafts of our PowerPoint presentations for critique.
  • We can point links to useful articles on blogs and blogging.
  • We can communicate via a medium other than ANGEL email.
Do we also want to create a Twitter account for similar reasons? Let me know via this blog!


Caroline Han