“Inviting Participation – Internet Spotlight” – in Public Libraries (Nov/Dec 2007)
Much of what is in this article is common sense but still very useful. The main point is to invite people to partcipate in new initiatives that involve blogs and other technologies.
The author also points out ways to encourage participation. One is to write interesting content. Another is to include links within the post to other interesting sites. It is also important to allow comments. Some libraries even have contests where commenting is the way to enter. Comments should also be responded to promptly. Whenever possible use various formats such as video, audio, and image formats to add interest. These are just a few suggestions to encourage users to keep coming back. Even though these tips are not necessarily intended for instruction focused blogs the principles are likely helpful.
These links are referred to in the article:
- 365 Days Library Project – Michael Porter
- Are You Blogging This – David Leeking
- St Joseph County Public Library Wiki – SJCPL
- Storypalooza – Gail Borden Public Library
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