Delivering the News with Blogs: The Georgia State University Library Experience

Vogel, Teri M. and Goans, Doug Delivering the News with Blogs: The Georgia State University Library Experience. Internet Reference Services Quarterly, 2005, vol. 10, n. 1, pp. 5-27. [Journal article (Paginated)]


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To deliver information about library news, services and resources to the science faculty and students at Georgia State University, several librarians developed a blog, Science News Despite the increasing popularity of blogs (or weblogs), few libraries have taken advantage of what they offer. Blogs can be updated easily, frequently and continuously, making them an appealing alternative to static newsletters. This article summarizes the librarians’ rationale for moving to this dynamic format, how the technology was balanced with the needs of the librarians and patrons, and the issues and challenges that are being addressed to ensure that this will be a viable and successful news-delivery system. Some preliminary user statistics have also been gathered and analyzed, offering encouragement that patrons are reading it. The experience with Science News is already serving as the model for the additional subject-specific blogs that have been developed to meet the informational needs of other patron groups.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: blogs, weblogs, Web 2.0, blogging
Subjects: H. Information sources, supports, channels. > HQ. Web pages.
L. Information technology and library technology > LC. Internet, including WWW.
Depositing user: Teri Vogel
Date deposited: 08 May 2008
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:11


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