Blogs as Educational and Information Tools

28 08 2010

I know, I know, blogs are not new and many Information Professionals and Librarians already have blogs. But I am not talking, here, about creating a blog for personal and professional purposes. I am talking about using a blog as educational information tool.

Blogs are a Web 2.0 technology that allows for content be shared with readers. But more importantly, blogs are platforms that also allow space for readers to comment. This is the area I was thinking we could build from.

Libraries need to build connections with their community and they need to be seen as that “connection place” that promotes community. Communication builds connections and connections build communities. So I am talking about creating blogs with the purpose of building a community though two-way communication and with the purpose of creating connections between public libraries and their users.

One fantastic blog example of community building is the Worthingteens blog supported by the the Worthington Ohio Public Library. The teen librarians who created Worthingteens provide a space for community and a connection for Worthington’s teens.

Libraries need to hear from their users and users need to know what their 21st century library has to offer. So why not use “social media” to be more social?  One more thought that comes to mind is a blog to promote readers’ advisory services to users and allow the users to share their opinions of the books. This could be a 21st Century Library Book Discussion where patrons interested could share their thoughts and views of different books for all to read.

In a nutshell… Web 2.0 is about social networking, connecting and collaboration, right? By adding our information perspective, libraries can create meaningful blogs that are about social literacy, engaging users both locally and worldwide.

How do you use blogs as an educational information tool?

Thank you for reading,