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Blogging in context: reviewing the academic library blogosphere

Adams, R 2013, 'Blogging in context: reviewing the academic library blogosphere' , The Electronic Library, 31 (5) , pp. 664-677.

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Abstract

Purpose – This article aims to set a context for blogging within academic libraries in order to identify key themes and examples of good practice for others considering blogging as a future activity. Design/methodology/approach – The study encompasses a literature review to identify relevant evidence around blogs within academic libraries, followed by a content analysis of a sample of the UK-based blogs which aims to provide an overview of common activity and a brief survey to blog authors to set the outcomes of the literature review in a “real world” context. Findings – Blogging appears to be a worthwhile activity for academic libraries looking to present information or connect with users in new ways; however lessons can be learnt from the experience of early bloggers, as presented in the literature. While blogs can fulfil many purposes, it is clear that creating a two way interaction between the library service and its users is difficult within the academic library environment. Originality/value – The paper presents an up-to-date review of the literature from 2005 to 2012 and includes a detailed analysis of a sample of the UK blogs, comparing their content and activity and a survey of the UK-based academic library bloggers. The article concludes with five key tips for potential bloggers.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: blogs, blogging, library, libraries, web 2.0, academic libraries, information literacy, library 2.0
Themes: Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Schools: Schools > No Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: The Electronic Library
Publisher: Emerald
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0264-0473
Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: R Adams
Date Deposited: 22 May 2014 13:50
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2015 23:32
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URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/31779

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