Friday, October 20, 2006

LIS 753 Blog post 2

This week I looked at a number of articles about how different libraries around the country are using blogs. I read the article, The Embedded Librarian by Karen M. Ramsay and Jim Kinnie which discussed how academic libraries are using blogs to inform the students and the professors about new materials they have and about the libraries databases. Ramsay and Kinnie also discussed how they need to advertise this new blog. They discussed having flyers displayed at the service desk or having announcements made to the students in their classes. I think it is great that college libraries are using these new technologies to reach their patrons. Many college students spend a great deal of time on the Internet so the library should try to reach these students. Not only are academic libraries trying to reach their patrons so are public libraries. I think we all know how important it is for libraries to keep up to date with technology. We need our patrons to see that libraries still offer valued and needed services.
I also read an article by Kathy Ishizuka called Come Blog with Me. Ishizuka discussed how the staff at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County, NO just began learning about the Web 2.0. I read about one staff member who was thinking of encouraging her co-workers to create a blog to inform patrons about programs in the children’s department or even show pictures from library events. What a great way to advertise for the library. It is exciting to see how quick and easy it is to place the new technology skills into practice. We can meet our patrons online and inform them of future library events, tell them about new resources the library has, or just encourage them to visit the library in any form the can.


  • At 5:30 PM, Blogger Michael Stephens said…

    Nice post with 2 good ciotations. I advocate all the time for libraries to use blogs!

  • At 6:37 PM, Blogger Carol Ann said…

    We are hoping to start a blog at our public library in the next few months. It would not include personal comments, but programming information.


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