This year marks the 20th anniversary of the first blog. Since that time blogs have gone from just online personal diaries to include legitimate news sources, tools for education, and powerful professional development resources (the ILN blog being a case in point). In more recent years online information sharing spaces like Twitter, Reddit and of course Facebook have taken over the functions that many blogs filled by allowing people and organisations to connect with each other online. But these platforms generally only allow users to broadcast of snippets of information, rather than long format writing.
Blog Every Day in June was started a few years ago by some Australian librarians who wanted to challenge themselves to blog every single day for one month. See our post from last year to learn more.
So for this Blog Every Day in June we ask; what is the state of the library blog in 2014?
First, let’s look at some of the influential library bloggers
- Sarah Houghton- Sarah is a US based librarian and self-confessed technology nerd. Sarah began her blog, Librarian in Black back in 2003 when she found she was wading ‘dozens of websites, blogs, & RSS feeds related to librarianship, technology, web services, and current trends to find those few posts’ that applied to her work. The Librarian in Black is a part library advocacy, part technology review, and part personal journey.
- David Lee King writes on his blog about ‘the social web, emerging trends, and libraries’. David is the Digital Services Director at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library (Kansas). In 2008 he was named as a Library Journal Mover and Shaker. If you have any interest in technology or social media this blog is a must read. David’s greatest skill is to be able to sniff out the latest trends and write about them for non-techies.
- Steven Abram is easily one of the most influential writers in the library blogosphere. His blog Steven’s Lighthouse has been ‘illuminating library industry trends, innovation and information’ since 2003. The Lighthouse is a mix of trend watching, technology, education, and lots of infographics. Stephen Abram is a librarian and consultant with Lighthouse Partners and Dysart & Jones
Here are some questions to share with your partner and on the ILN blog:
- Does your organisation have a blog?
- Do you have blogs you follow? (professional or otherwise)
- Do you think blogging is even still relevant?
- Have you blogged professionally? If not, would you like to?
Each day in June the ILN blog will profile a library (or ‘library adjacent’) blog to explore and share
Remember that you can take these discussions beyond your partnership by sharing your thoughts in the comments below or on our Facebook and Twitter pages – just remember to use the hashtag #interlibnet and this month also use #blogjune.
Keep an eye on our Twitter Chats page to check when our next live Twitter Chat is scheduled, and have a bigger conversation with ILN participants.