Friday, August 08, 2003

Blogging

An interview with Rebecca Blood, author of The Weblog Handbook, appeared on Tech TV the other night.

Librarians have taken to bloggin in a big way. Steven and Greg have started a 'blog, LIS Blogsource, just to keep up with the new ones appearing. I feel, we have enough good general library 'blogs, LIS News and Library Stuff come to mind. We also have plenty of 'blogs where daily activities and incidents are described. These "diary of a librarian sites" can be interesting, if well written, but Open Stacks the Loopy Librarian and trompe le monde are enough for me. 'Blogs by a local library can be an important method of communication to the patrons and there can not be too many of those but I'll only read the ones from the libraries I use.

What I'd like to see more of are topical 'blogs devoted to a professional topic. How about a site for information about acquisitions of medical journals or children's materials? How abut IM reference or WiFi in the library? The number of topics is only limited by the areas of professional responsibility we move in.

There are many reasons to start a 'blog, improving writing skills, keeping in touch with friends and family, or exploring the medium, for example. While all valid reasons, I'd like to see more people consider writing that could be useful to the profession. You don't have to be the best or most respected in the area. I'd not consider myself the greatest cataloger or most knowledgeable in the field. I only try to keep up with the news and pass it on. Catalogablog has found readers and received some nice compliments. You could do the same in an area of interest to you.

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