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  • 1. Wikis and Blogs More than cool toys essential tools for libraries PORTALS Continuing EducationMay 11, 2007

2. Presenters

  • Kitty Mackey & Zachary Grant,Reference & Instruction Librarians
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  • Pavel Popov, IT Specialist
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  • CannellLibrary , Clark College, Vancouver WA

3. OVERVIEW

  • Todays session
    • surveymonkeyresults
  • Participants will be familiar with:
    • best practices
    • setting outcomes for wikis and blogs
    • Options for hosting wikis/blogs

4. The Right Tool?

  • This presentation
    • Wiki? Wrong tool.
  • Play, Play Play
    • Why not? Theyre free!
  • Time to get serious? Start with outcomes.

5. Outcomes-Based Approach

  • Outcomes
    • What do you want to do?
  • Indicators/Activities
    • What will be happening/day-to-day ?
  • Assessments/Performance Criteria
    • How will you gather your data or evidence?
  • Timeline
    • How often will you gather/analyze assessments?

6. Examples of Outcomes

  • I/we/my library need/s a tool to:
    • promote digital citizenship
    • share daily messages with users
    • encourage learning through reflection & feedback
    • collaborate with colleagues
    • what else?

7. WIKI? BLOG?

  • Quote fromWikipedia :Bliki
  • Similarities and Differences

8. BLOGS 9. Blogs Close to Home

  • to interact with faculty, students, patrons
    • CannellReference LibrariansBlog
      • (The first:cannellref.blogspot.com )
    • CannellLibrary: The Blog
  • as classroom tools
    • libr105.blogspot.com
  • The Big Kahuna List:
    • BloggingLibrariesWiki

10. BLOGS

  • Best practices Do they exist?
  • Remember: Semper Gumby Be flexible

11. 12. DO YOU NEED A BLOG?

  • Who is your audience?
  • What is your key message?
  • What is the purpose of your blog?
    • From: Why and How to Use Blogs to Promote Your Library's Servicesby Darlene Fichter (2003)

13. CREATE A BLOG POLICY

  • Privacy
  • Posts (Daily posts)
  • Comments
  • Images and User levels
  • Training
  • Maintenance Activity

14. BLOG CONTENT

  • What to blog about? Some examples are:
    • New services
    • New material
    • Activities at/or associated with your library
    • News items related to your library
  • Be informative and have fun

15. BLOG TAGS

  • What are they and why use them?
  • Standardization of tag names? Examples:
    • New books
    • Databases
    • Genealogy
    • All

16. PRIVACY ISSUES in BLOGS

  • Academic libraries FERPA
  • Public libraries Patron records
  • How are users going to comment?
    • Use of real names or anonymous postings?
    • Are you going to monitor comments?
    • Are you going to require a log in for comments?

17. RSS FEEDS USE THEM!

  • What kind?
    • RSS 1
    • RSS 2
    • Atom
  • Make sure your RSS feed sends complete text

18. BLOG ASSESSMENT

  • Free blogging services
    • FeedBurner
  • Fee services and self hosting
    • Built in RSS feed tracking
    • Monitor hits on web page
  • For both use the comments left by users
  • Are you going to assess anonymous posts?

19. 12 Important US Laws Every Blogger Needs to Know

  • Disclose paid posts
  • Deep linking
  • Images and thumbnails
  • Copyright laws
  • Domain name trademark
  • Private data about your readers
  • From: DirectoryAviva
    • http://www.avivadirectory.com/blogger-law/
  • Who owns user developed content - can you delete it?
  • Monitor blog comments and liability
  • Tax laws if you use your blog for revenue
  • Limited liability laws
  • Spam laws
  • Journalism shield laws

20. TIME TO PLAY

  • Compare Blog Features:WeblogMatrix
  • Wordpress:www.wordpress.com

21. BLOG HOSTING OPTIONS 22. Blog Hosting Options: Free web-based engines

  • Examples
    • Wordpresswww.wordpress.com
    • Bloggerhttps:// www.blogger.com /start
    • Livejournalhttp:// www.livejournal.com
  • Advantages
    • Free
    • All basic features available
    • Minimal technical expertise required
    • No maintenance required

23. Blog Hosting Options: Free web-based engines

  • Disadvantages/Limitations
    • Strange domain name (all accounts appended with wordpress.com)
    • Limited control and functionality
    • No file editing except for CSS styles
    • Limited number of themes (can only use preinstalled)
    • Limited space (more space available at additional cost)
    • No plug-ins
    • Possible disruptions during upgrades/moves/buyouts

24. Beyond Free Hosting Options:Outside Paid|Local Server

  • Requirements
    • Webserver (webspace)
    • Serverside software (php, MySQL)
    • Basic technical knowledge

25. Beyond Free Hosting Options:Outside Paid|Local Server

  • Disadvantages
    • Costs (dreamhost is about $10/mo)
    • Technical expertise
    • Software upgrades

26. Beyond Free Hosting Options:Outside Paid|Local Server

  • Advantages
    • More control and flexibility
    • Your own domain name (school/institution domain)
    • No risk of being closed down

27. Beyond Free Hosting Options:Outside Paid|Local Server

  • Demo (hosting on dreamhost)
    • Dreamhost (paid accounthttp:// www.dreamhost.com/hosting.html )
    • Dreamhost management panel ( https:// panel.dreamhost.com / )

28. Beyond Free Hosting Options:Outside Paid|Local Server

  • Demo (hosting on dreamhost)
    • Download files ( http:// wordpress.org /download/ )
    • Unzip files (winzip)
    • Create MySQL database (dreamhost panel)
    • Verify database in phpMyAdmin
    • Modify wp_config.php file
    • Upload files to the server (FTP client)
    • Run /wp-admin/install.php script
    • Your blog is ready to go!

29. Beyond Free Hosting Options:Outside Paid|Local Server

  • Demo (hosting on dreamhost)
  • New theme installation:
    • Download fileshttp:// codex.wordpress.org/Theme_List/Three_Column(3cProfessional)
    • Unzip files
    • Upload files to the server (wp-content/themes)
    • Enable new theme
    • Display authors name

30. Beyond Free Hosting Options:Outside Paid|Local Server

  • Demo (hosting on dreamho