Minutes – Belatedly!

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The Eastern Connecticut Young Adult Roundtable met on Friday September 12, 2008 from 1p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Willimantic Library Service Center. The meeting focused on some of the more recent trends in the computer world today such as iGoogle, Twitter, RSS Feeds and Blogging.

Linda Williams showed us some explanatory videos of Twitter and RSS Feed and allowed us to view step by step instructions on how to make a blog for our libraries.

This was a definite hands on meeting so being in attendance was most beneficial. However, for those unable to attend the meeting, Linda has listed great resources for people that are just getting started.

Some useful questions to ask yourself that were posed at the meeting are as follows: What is your goal in creating a blog? Why do you want to create a blog? What do you have to do to create a blog and complete it? What type of blog are you looking to create? Twitter is a resource set strictly for micro-blogging. WordPress and Blogger are resources for longer, more informational blogs. Are you willing to commit yourself to maintaining a blog?

One of the most important points to be taken from this meeting is that creating a blog is just for starters. Maintaining the blog is the key. Blogging for your library should be seen as a commitment and time appointed to your blog should be incorporated into your schedule. Once a week may seem too demanding but at least try for every two weeks. Remember, you are the one creating it. You need to take care of it as well!

Are you still unsure what to do and how to get started? Learn more about some of these features at these W:!

Blogs & Micro Blogs – October 3, 2008 from 1:00-3:30 with NELINET. $15
WordPress Websites – November 20, 2008 from 9:00-4:00 with Polly Farrington. $30

Google Reader is a great way to keep you posted on the latest news and posts happening on your favorite blogs.

Our next meeting will be on December 12th at 10:00 a.m. in Coventry. Lauri will talk about her LSTA Grant for teens gaming at the library. The focus will be on gaming.
Until Then…….Happy Fall Everyone …….Claudette,

Claudette , Children’s Librarian Assistant, Killingly Public Library

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One thought on “Minutes – Belatedly!

    Megan Q. said:
    October 7, 2008 at 9:29 pm

    I wish I could have attended this meeting! We have just started a library blog here at the Saxton B. in Columbia. Our adult librarian, our director, and me (Megan – children’s librarian) all post to it once a week. We each picked a day of the week to post to separate out postings and to help us keep to a schedule. So far it has been working out great, I have enjoyed posting and we have been getting more and more hits from our patrons. We blog about anything we can tie in to the library- books (obviously), movies, music, museum passes, authors, etc. If you want to check it out here is the link to our library home page – just click on “Saxton Reads,” or click on the second link to go directly to the blog.

    http://www.columbiactlibrary.org/

    http://www.engagedpatrons.org/Blogs.cfm?SiteID=9336&BlogID=181

    See you all at the next meeting!

    Megan Quigley

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