I had a mini blog-oriented convergence a while ago.
First I read this article:
Pomerantz, J. & Stutzman, F. (2006, May). Collaborative reference work in the blogosphere. Reference Services Review, 34(2), 200-212.
Pomerantz & Stutzman suggest that blogs might be of use in collaborative reference work, providing crowd-enriched transactions.
Then I read
at Confessions of a Science Librarian. Dupuis discusses the possibility of blogs replacing scholarly journals.
Had you heard that blogging is dead? I had. This Pew Internet report reported that fewer people were blogging, particularly among younger generations. There’s some more talk about the death of blogging here.
Maybe blogging as a social platform is dying, but blogging for other purposes is still viable. It’s still a way to push content out quickly, with not too much technical know-how required. You can concentrate on the content, rather than creating the medium or following formalized processes.
You can create and disseminate data much more quickly and informally. I use a blog format for Hiring Librarians; it lets me collect a number of librarian voices, and to share both individual insights and collective statistics.
These new uses for blogging are still alive and evolving.
**This was a draft in my drafts folder, which I’ve been cleaning out. The citation below was also part of this draft, but I’m not sure how I meant to work it in.
“Virtual reference services provide librarians with the opportunity to provide Information Literacy instruction to students while promoting the benefit of using proprietary databases versus the free Web”
1. Sachs, Diana. 2004. “Ask a Librarian: Florida’s Virtual Reference Service.” Community & Junior College Libraries 12, no. 4: 49-58