I have big ideas for my library- and it all starts with a blog.
Blogs are easy to use, easy to create, and (conceivably) easy to maintain. It seems like the perfect starter media for a small library looking to get into the web 2.0 movement. My library is in a small, close-knit community and located in the top floor of the administration building for the community’s elementary and middle school. Talk about an opportunity to becoming integral to the community! Presently, my library’s main web site is the system-wide website where patrons can manage their account, etc. But there is very little information about my library specifically. The friends of the library have a site, but the information focuses on their organization, not the library. I believe a blog is a great way to get my library on board and take advantage of the opportunities afforded us. However, we must first:
-Understand the time commitment involved and the high amount of posting we must do in order to maintain public interest in the blog (Sarah Glass Meyer)
-Create a goal and intended audience for the blog
-Discuss posting schedules and division of labor; Who will be responsible for the blog? Who will make the decisions about the blog? Who is the main “blogger”?
-Keep the faith; we may not have any readers for a while, but we must continue to blog!
-Interact with our commenters and always respond to our patrons
-Incorporate aspects of storytelling to make the blog more readable
However, one thing I am unsure of is whether we should spend time thinking and planning our blog or just dive in. Problogger‘s tips seem a little wishy-washy on this.
I am very eager to begin this social media experiment in my library… now all I have to do is convince the manager!