Blogging is something that I have engaged in sporadically since I gained internet access in 2006. I however, can see that blogging may be a lot more useful to libraries then I ever found it for personal use.
A blog allows for all kinds of information to be communicated on the internet and if it belongs to a library can be updated by many different people.
Reading the online article by Brookover discusses that a blog for the library users is useful but so is an internal blog. In my experience at the University of Adelaide the internal blog is not actually very useful. I can understand where this article is coming from and having this blog in that setting can be useful. However, in my work place the internal blog for the library updates on new staff and not much else. If information on what is happening around the library needs to be needs to be communicated then an email is sent to a mailing list.
However, for the National Year of Reading the creative writing librarian started a blog about books and libraries. It wasn’t limited to current books but also themes and it also reviewed libraries. This was a good blog because it was updated frequently and the information was relatable as the books discussed could usually be found within the main library of the university, which promoted borrowing.
Therefore, blogs can be useful for communication in certain circumstances.
Blogging for the library users is essential though to keep them up to date with library events and information. Therefore, it is important to have clear guidelines on the content but also the time dedicated to blogging. In the article “You can’t afford not to do these things” (Casey & Stephens, 2009) it discusses how social networking is a free way to engage users. Blogging and micro blogging is a perfect example of time well spent in social networking.
Krabill (2009) discusses nicely in their blog the importance of twitter, which is a form of microblogging. It basically discusses that any way to communicate with the users for free is worth the time. I can see how microblogging used with blogging can be beneficial because the microblogging can be a quick update such as a change in event times, but the blog can give you all the details about a library event.
Krabill, B. (2009) Tweeting in the stacks: Why public libraries should embrace twitter. Florida Libraries, 52(2), 14-15.
Brookover, S. (2007). Why we blog. Library Journal. Retrieved from: http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6497263.html
Casey, M. & Stephens, M. (2009). You can’t afford not to do these things. Library Journal. Retrieved from http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6639942.html?industyid=47356