Effective Blogging for Libraries (THE TECH SET® #10)

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Renowned library blogger, speaker, and educator Connie Crosby shares her experience and expertise in this step-by-step guide to successful library blogging. As you build your skills with THE TECH SET®, Effective Blogging for Libraries is the go-to resource for any librarian in search of practical, easy-to-implement instruction for creating and managing a winning library blog. This comprehensive guide spans all phases of the library blogging process. You'll learn how to properly plan for and implement your blog, crucial posting techniques, and strategies for dealing with comments and tagging. You'll save time with Crosby's advice for marketing your blog, tips for managing staff bloggers, usability guidelines, and a variety of assessment methods. And she gives you real-life examples from libraries with successful blogs to help demonstrate current best practices.

Connie Crosby

Connie Crosby is a Toronto-based consultant, law librarian, blogger, writer, podcaster, speaker, and teacher working in the areas of social media, information management, and knowledge management. She worked in law firms for almost 20 years, including 10 years as library manager in a prominent Toronto law firm, before starting Crosby Group Consulting in 2008. She has also worked in public and academic libraries. She teaches social networking tools courses to information professionals through the Professional Learning Centre, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. She has been blogging on her personal blog since 2004 and is a founding director of the cooperative law blog Slaw. Connie podcasts at Community Divas with Eden Spodek and has been one of the key organizers of the successful social media unconference PodCamp Toronto since 2008.

" Effective Blogging for Libraries is the work of an experienced blogger, who has thought to include most of the issues that should be considered when deciding to start a library blog, plus many more … Even if you have been blogging for years, you will find interesting ideas and good examples of blogs to emulate in this slim volume."
--Australian Academic and Research Libraries

"With its brisk, conversational style and succinct but thorough coverage, the book will be a valuable addition to any professional collection. Crosby, a librarian and blogger, deftly strikes a middle ground that welcomes the blogging neophyte without frustrating the more advanced blogger."
--Reference & User Services Quarterly

"Written so that any librarian can understand, whether a reference librarian, a systems librarian, or a Web librarian, or any librarian who is not tech-savvy, this book is useful to any person wanting to know more about blogging, one seeking to implement these technologies either at the library or for personal use, and for those who already have implemented these technologies but wish to know how to go further and best take advantage of these resources."
--ARBA Online

"...highly practical ... I would suggest that librarians take a look at the book and find out what meaningful purposes can be accomplished through blogging without directing the resources to a fashionable activity just because everybody else is doing it."
--Information Research

"Both novice and experienced bloggers will benefit from this valuable resource."
--Library Journal

"Very useful for librarians considering a blog ... Readers don't need a strong technical background to understand the text, but if they have one, there is substance here for them too."
--Michael Sauers, Technology and Innovation Librarian, Nebraska Library Commission