Blogs in Libraries and Business Settings

The session was titled Adding Value to An Intranet, but it was all about blogs and RSS — and the room was full. I missed Timo Hannay from the Nature Publishing Group speak on RSS (was still next door listening to Allan Scott talk about enterprise search), but I caught most of Anne Clyde’s very good review of her survey of the use of blogs in libraries. The verdict — things are happening, but frequently library blog projects are ad hoc and the results remain unquantified. “Anyone looking for a thesis topic?” Anne asked?

The next speaker was billed in the conference programme as a case study on the use of blogs in business, and Adriana Cronin-Lukas from The Big Blog Company made a good case for blogs in an enterprise environment and briefly described four case studies of internal blogs (Disney, Google, InfoWorld, and LINX, an association).

Peter Scott, the session moderator, encouraged the delegates to continue the discussion at the roundtable discussion over lunch, and it was clear from the questions at the session and the lunchtime roundtable that many librarians are exploring the potential of blogs — but cautiously.

Nancy Garman

Information Today, Inc.

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