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As the title implies, this post is about blogs. I will restrain myself from waxing philosophical about the discussion of blogs in a blog…

Like wikis, blogs offer libraries an outlet for announcing news and events. Practically speaking, the major difference between the two is temporal. Wikis are dynamic, and may have entirely different content from one day to the next. This allows for the old, outdated information to be cleared out and replaced by current news.

By contrast, blogs are more static, and store old posts (unless deleted by the author).  This is not detrimental to the delivery of new information by any means, and it can be helpful to have a record of old posts. Some people see the merits of both, and desire to merge the two. From Amanda Etches-Johnson, we have an extensive (and growing) list of library blogs this wiki.

In most cases, having either a blog or a website/wiki is enough by itself, and it is not necessary to have both. At times, even having just one will still result in eventual neglect. This blog is a good example of informative posts, but also of a ‘former’ blog (my term) that hasn’t been updated in some time.

This is not to say that blogs fall into disrepair after their initial inception; a well maintained blog that addresses the needs of its community will certainly be highly valuable. The Regina Public Library is far more dedicated to blogging. Users of this site are offered reviews and announcements on twelve (count ’em!) different blogs, each of a different topic. Movies, fiction, graphic novels, business are a few of the topics, updated several times a month.

In southeastern Pennsylvania, the Free Library of Philadelphia also has a blog, but this one is for the library as a whole. Instead of having separate pages, as does the RPL, the site is centralized, and lists upcoming events on the initial page.

In any event, a well developed and maintained blog can be extremely useful to a library. And, as we’re told on this page:

Librarians have taken to blogs like ducks to water…

…since everyone else in the discipline is apparently flocking to the blog-realm, I’m glad to be here now. Thankfully, there are many free blogging sites, otherwise I would have had to put it on my bill.

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