Friday Exchange: Weblogs

6/24/04 , posted by j

Jessica Baumgart

j’s scratchpad
Friday, June 25, 2004

This presentation is on the Web at:$1305.

The World as a Blog

Librarians should care about blogs for at least two big reasons: blogs are a great communication tool for both internal and external purposes and blogs are sources of information.

I. What is a weblog?

  • Definitions vary
  • Blog software enables easy updating of Web pages, bloggers don’t necessarily have to know HTML
  • There are many different kinds of blogs, different kinds of platforms for blogging
  • Can blog on the Web, on an intranet, etc.

II. How do People Use Blogs?

  • Why blog:
    • Communication
    • Knowledge management
    • Annotated list of links
    • Networking, fostering community
  • Why read blogs
    • News
    • Professional development
    • Be/stay informed
    • Get someone else’s personal perspective, view of the world

III. What Libraries, Business Schools, and Corporations are doing with Blogs

IV. Feeds and Aggregators

V. How to Find Blogs and Feeds

VI. Blogs at Harvard

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