The gentle art of blogging

August 1, 2010

From RiverVices

Blogging, as I’ve indicated before, is nothing new to me. I’ve been tinkering around with them for some time, although it was only recently – with the launch of my DVD Bits Blog – that I found a focus for my often meandering though processes. That focus is something that is particularly important when beginning any blog endeavours. As McAfee points on in his Enterprise 2.0: The Dawn of the Emergent Collaboration piece, there are serious considerations on using these forms of social communication in the workplace. Where a memo or intranet may have been the single voice of the management, blogging and similar social networking practices are by their very nature all about the voices of many. So in the interest of maintaining that focus, this initial post on blogging is considering its application in the workplace. More specifically, the library workplace. If you want to narrow it down even further, a particular library workplace: UNSW Library.

Walt Crawford recently conducted a survey of library blogs (LiBlogs) and found that a number of Library blogs had experienced some recent ‘downtime’. That is, there were fewer blogs being created, fewer posts being added but overall library blogs were “doing better than blogs as a whole”. McLean and Mercieca found that the best use for blogs in the CCLC study,  was “a means to easily publish and disseminate content to be delivered to library users” (Evaluating Web 2.0: user experiences with public library blogs). With that in mind, UNSW Library recently switched to blogs as a means of disseminating library news, as they were more visual and had the ability to be updated via email alerts and RSS feeds. RSS feeds have become a bit of an ambassador for the whole Web 2.0 thing, and along with blogs, have “become perhaps the single most widely deployed web service because of its simplicity” (O’Reilly, 2005). In the case of the UNSW Library, the blogs were used for three distinct purposes: Library News, New Resources and Status Updates. All this information was directly related to how users can access content at the library. However, they avoided the issues that McAfee raised above by disabling the user comments. While this does reduce the ‘noise’, it also misses a valuable opportunity to have a dialogue with the user base. However, they have

The ‘Blogosphere’ is huge, and even in a course such as INN346, the sheer amount of material being generated is enough to make your head explode. (Perhaps a topic for the next blog: ‘Cranial Injuries Sustained Through Blogging: A Call for Head 2.0’). For my own part, this course calls upon me to find new ways of assisting other people in the course find out about the information contained within each of these 83 or so blogs that will be updated every week. So I’ve created the INN346 Meta Blog, something I hope to maintain with my fellow INN346 students.

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INN346 begins!

July 27, 2010

MeVery exciting to be starting a new session at QUT, especially given that this will be a largely blog-based subject. In fact, both units I’m completing this session (my penultimate!) will be based on social media.

This is not my first blog, with my primary Blog being for DVD Bits and one for INN333. I’m a very active user of social media, especially Twitter. A bit about me is in order, I guess. To quote from the Other Subject:

For my sins, I have about 13 years worth of experience in libraries. I’m currently in my penultimate semester at QUT, and am an online student living in Sydney. As such, this course is ideal for me. At the moment, I’m working as the Services Team Leader (Science, Engineering & Medicine) at UNSW Library, and my team is involved in the service delivery (reference, research impact measurement, research assistance, information literacy classes) at the Library. Prior to that I worked as the Outreach Librarian (a kind of more direct liaison) to the Faculty of Law, as law is my background, and have also worked in the public library system. My focus at the moment is on mobile content delivery, and I am delivering a paper to the ALLA/NZLLA Conference in Melbourne this September called From Legal Pad to iPad: Mobile Content Delivery and the Law.

Looking forward to getting started on this subject, and am pleased I can combine my own interests with my studies in such a unique way in this final session of coursework I’ll be undertaking!