The second week of traing at the library is blogs. We have done what so many other library systems have done and are using blogs as a way to track the progress of our staff during the 2.0 training. It seems to be working. I’ve enjoyed reading all of the blogs everyone at my library has done so far. There are some good ones and some that I’m not-so-sure about but they all reflect the personality of the person writing them. So I hope everyone will continue to be as enthusiastic in week 12 as they are now.
Blogs are one of the really interesting aspects of the whole ‘2.0 thing’ for me. They enable just about anyone to publish just about anything to the web. This can be good and it can be bad. It is good because some people who may not otherwise be able to express their views and opinions now have the opportunity to do so for little or no cost. Some of these people do a very good job of it and have created very good blogs that they should be proud of. This can be bad for the same reason. If anyone can create a blog to express their views and opinions there are going to be a lot of blogs out there that are crass and less than noteworthy. This is the price we pay. The better blogs will gain traction and followers and the poorer ones will not stick around too long.
For anyone who wants to take this seriously and produce a good blog here is a list of people to read, get some ideas and learn some of the best blogging practices:
- Chris Brogan: www.chrisbrogan.com
- Brogan is one of a handful of social network gurus around that has built a solid reputation as someone who takes this stuff seriously and is using his skills to advise “businesses, organizations, and individuals on how to use social media and social networks to build relationships and deliver value.”
- David Lee King: www.davidleeking.com
- King is the Digital Branch & Services Manager for the Topeka and Shawnee Public Library in Kansas. His blog covers loads of library and technology related stuff. If you are interested in reading a good writer write about libraries you can’t go wrong here.
- R. David Lankes: http://quartz.syr.edu/rdlankes/blog/
- Lankes is an associate professor at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies. He has some very interesting ideas about the future of libraries and is worth spending some time with.
- Michael Stephens: http://www.tametheweb.com
- No list of blogs and librarians would be complete without mentioning Michael Stephens. This guy is everywhere! He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. He is very informed about libraries and has lots of good ideas about how they should function.
- Brian Herzog: www.swissarmylibrarian.net
- Herzog is one of my favorite librarian bloggers because he is a reference librarian working at a public library in MA. I feel that I can relate to his stuff a little more than the others…but that’s just me.
Well, I hope this helps someone.