Thursday, November 01, 2007

Celebrate the Book workshop

Blogging for yourself or your library
· the software is easy
· the writing is personal
· the focus is up to you

A presentation for Celebrate the Book, November 2, 2007

What is a blog? And why are they so popular?
From Blogging 101 By Sandi Hardmeier Published: February 24, 2006

What makes a good blog? a popular blog? a readable blog?
200 Blog Review Questions by Easton Ellsworth October 30, 2007

Popular blog hosts

Examples of book/reading/library/librarian/bookseller blogs
Librarians and/or readers informally tracking what they read
Lissa Reads -
st. louis library girl -
So Many Books: the agony and ecstasy of a reading life -
50 Books One woman. One year. Countless distractions. -

Librarians and libraries supporting book groups through blogs
Genre X: Twenties and Thirties- from Oak Park, Illinois
Intersections - is a book discussion group for librarians, focused on emerging trends in the intersection of society, libraries, and technology.

Librarians and libraries posting book reviews through blogs
Blogging for a Good Book - from Williamsburg Regional Library, Virginia

Librarians and libraries posting Library News, Reviews and Events
Papercuts - at Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library
Graffiti - for teens at Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library

Bookstore blogs -

People blogging about books
The Millions - “there is a concrete number of books that you or I will be able to read in our lifetime”

Book themed blogs that collect and comment on other book news

Bookslut -

Video blogging and video book reviews
These videos were all created by Lissa Staley and friends for the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. For more uses of videos in libraries, search video host sites like for keywords like libraries or books. New videos are created and added constantly!
The following videos are all available from
Video Book Reviews
What if Barbie had a book group?
The Eyre Affair: Video Book Review
60 second video book review: life on the refrigerator door


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