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Education Library Blog @ University of Pretoria Presentation by Johann van Wyk During the

Education Library Blog @ University of Pretoria Presentation by Johann van Wyk During the Library 2. 0 Road Show 2008

To Blog or Not to Blog ? l That is the Question

To Blog or Not to Blog ? l That is the Question

Steps before setting up your blog Determine: l the purpose of your blog l

Steps before setting up your blog Determine: l the purpose of your blog l your target audience l how the lay-out of your blog should look like l which blogging programme will best suit your needs

Purpose and target audience of Blog l l l To keep people informed of

Purpose and target audience of Blog l l l To keep people informed of new trends and developments in services and products in the library as well as new trends and developments in the field of Education. Primary target: Students and academic staff of Faculty of Education Secondary target: researchers in the field of Education internationally (supports networking)

Lay-out of the blog l l l l Use templates/or own design? One column

Lay-out of the blog l l l l Use templates/or own design? One column or more than one? Own header or template header? Copyright licence? More than one page? Widgets? Comments?

Deciding on right Blogging programme l There are many programmes to choose from:

Deciding on right Blogging programme l There are many programmes to choose from:

Why we decided on Wordpress? l l l Many university libraries are using Wordpress.

Why we decided on Wordpress? l l l Many university libraries are using Wordpress. We used Cubberley Education Library’s Blog at Stanford University as a benchmark. Wordpress had many of the features we wanted in a blog. You could easily add your own widgets to the blog (Customizable) The lay-out of the blog templates looked very professional The blog had a thorough statistical function The blog had a good Spam filter

Features of the Education Library Blog

Features of the Education Library Blog

Pages

Pages

About Page

About Page

Downloads Page

Downloads Page

Permission Page

Permission Page

Example of permission

Example of permission

RSS Feeds

RSS Feeds

RSS Feeds (Continued)

RSS Feeds (Continued)

RSS Feeds (Continued)

RSS Feeds (Continued)

Search function

Search function

Copyright

Copyright

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License

Widgets

Widgets

Calendar Widget

Calendar Widget

Link to library web site

Link to library web site

Link to RSS feed on new books at Education Library

Link to RSS feed on new books at Education Library

Pages

Pages

Categories

Categories

Clustr Map

Clustr Map

Clustr Map (Continued)

Clustr Map (Continued)

Monthly archiving

Monthly archiving

Google Page Translator

Google Page Translator

Example of page translated into Dutch

Example of page translated into Dutch

Example of page translated into Chinese

Example of page translated into Chinese

Link to Web 2. 0 functionalities

Link to Web 2. 0 functionalities

Blog Stats

Blog Stats

Login

Login

Links to favourite sites

Links to favourite sites

University rankings

University rankings

Comments

Comments

Posts

Posts

Snapshots

Snapshots

Categories

Categories

Tags

Tags

Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

Write posts or pages

Write posts or pages

Functionalities of writing a post

Functionalities of writing a post

Functionalities of writing a post (Continued)

Functionalities of writing a post (Continued)

Blog Stats

Blog Stats

Blogs Stats (Continued)

Blogs Stats (Continued)

Blogs Stats (Continued)

Blogs Stats (Continued)

Blog Stats (Continued)

Blog Stats (Continued)

Akismet Spamfilter

Akismet Spamfilter

Comments to E-mail

Comments to E-mail

Comments approved on site

Comments approved on site

Settings

Settings

Privacy

Privacy

Users and roles

Users and roles

Users and Roles (Continued)

Users and Roles (Continued)

Manage Function

Manage Function

Design Function

Design Function

Finally l l "Blogs. . . are creating a richer, more dynamic Web, where

Finally l l "Blogs. . . are creating a richer, more dynamic Web, where participation is the rule, rather than the exception” (Will Richardson, Technology and Learning. 26(3) 2005 Oct. p. 48) “Blogging is personal participation in public knowledge-building on the web”’, Chimera Working Paper 2005 -02. Colchester: University of Essex.

Bibliography l l Brady, M. 2005. ‘Blogging, personal participation in public knowledge-building on the

Bibliography l l Brady, M. 2005. ‘Blogging, personal participation in public knowledge-building on the web’. In: Chimera Working Paper, 2005 -02. Colchester: University of Essex. [Online] available: (http: //www. essex. ac. uk/chimera/content/Pubs/wps/ CWP-2005 -02 -Blogging-in-the-Knowledge-Society. MB. pdf). Accessed: 28 October 2008. Richardson, W. 2005. Blog revolution: expanding classroom horizons with Web logs. Technology and Learning, Oct, vol. 26, no. 3, p. 48.