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!