Using blogs in academic libraries: versatile information platforms

Diane L. Schrecker (Ashland University Library, Ashland, Ohio, USA)

New Library World

ISSN: 0307-4803

Publication date: 28 March 2008



The purpose of the paper was to provide an in‐depth discussion of the poster session, Keep Blogging Along: Side by Side Library Blogs, presented at the American Library Association's Annual Conference in Washington, DC, June 27, 2007.


Complete with each blog discussed is a distinction of purpose, basic elements of blog design including organizational labels and tags, enhancement and usability tools, and a statement of success or failure for each project.


Comprehensive information concerning three academic library blogs; topics of collection development, children's literature review, a collaborative professional development project, and a supplemental academic course blog is provided.

Practical implications

To make available basic tools and resources for readers to create a blog, or blogs; keep statistical and evaluative information on individual projects; and enhance project usability with tools and widgets.


This paper details various innovative uses for blogs, or web logs, in an academic library setting and provides constructive resources to assist readers with researching and utilizing this technology.



Schrecker, D.L. (2008), "Using blogs in academic libraries: versatile information platforms", New Library World, Vol. 109 No. 3/4, pp. 117-129.



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