SLA Blogging Program

I went to an SLA meeting last week (4/26/06) to learn more about blogs. [No, this was not a meeting of the Simbionese Liberation Army bloggers]. Since I’m pretty new to blogging, I went to this meeting of St. Louis area librarians in order to find out how librarians, students and corporations are using blogs.

According to Dave Sifry’s (of Technorati) “State of the Blogosphere“, the Blogosphere is doubling in size every six months and it is now over 60 times bigger than it was three years ago. Technorati tracks about 1.2 Million new blog posts each day. That’s a lot of blogging! So, how do you sift through it?

One thing you can do is create a “catalog” of blogs which interest you. Depending on the aggregator you choose to track your favorite blogs, you can be notified whenever there’s a new posting (NewsGator, for example works with Outlook), or go check for updates at your own convenience (Bloglines).

Joy Weese Moll, reference librarian at Washington University, has a blog titled Wanderings of a Student Librarian. Her 4/24/2006 entry links to a document titled “Bloglines for Librarians in Three (and a half) Easy Steps,” which walks you through setting up RSS feeds in Bloglines; I tried it and it’s easy to do.

Thanks to Bryan Young, Monsanto, and Joy, who both did a great job of bringing me up to speed with creating, sifting through and choosing blogs.

To view more from Bryan and Joy’s presentations, visit the St. Louis SLA chapter website, click on Events, and scroll to the 4/26/2006 meeting.

By the way, what do you call spam blogging? Splog!

Erin Lanham, Reference Librarian


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