Blogging Help

Library Blog Basics

I think we can probably agree that libraries are no longer exclusively geographical locations that our users come to: patrons also visit virtually. Many of their tasks at a library’s website are pragmatic — renewing books, checking their records, searching the online catalog and placing holds — but, increasingly, libraries are beginning to think of their online spaces as destinations for patrons; as communities of web denizens. Victoria recently discussed social media planning for libraries. Another way librarians can create community in the library’s virtual space is by designing and sustaining blogs. Last year, my library decided to expand our blog, from a repository of new titles lists and the occasional notice of a change in policy, to a content-rich space for library users to get to know staff, learn more about services, find topical book reviews, read about recent developments, and, yes, also to find the new titles lists…

Blogging Help

Open call to all LITA Members for Blog Editor role

LITA is searching for a savvy manager for its WordPress blog: This is the perfect volunteer opportunity to get more involved with LITA outside of the committee structure. The blog editor would work independently and collaboratively with the Web Coordinating Committee and Committee Coordinator (Communications) to plan, coordinate, solicit, and publish blog content of interest to the LITA community. Responsibilities (in coordination with above committees and team you want to pull together): Create policies for blogging and blog content. Tag and categorize existing and future content. Schedule, proofread, and post new content. Coordinate guest posts from content authors. Ensure that the blog remains active and free of spam, and moderate comments as necessary. Moderate comments posted to the blog. Requirements: Must be a current LITA member. Experience with WordPress. Experience or a strong interest in blogging. Clearly communicate in writing and be proactive in soliciting and planning content. Willingness to…


Call for Bloggers! Midwinter 2011 Schedule

Do you plan to attend ALA Midwinter in San Diego? Take this opportunity to become a LITA Blogger. The LITA Blog ( will again be on hand to report what is happening and share the terrific Midwinter experience with those who cannot attend this year. If you like to write and are looking for new ways to get involved (or have blogged in the past and would like to blog again), please email me at and let me know what sessions you would like to cover. The blog schedule for Midwinter is below and will be updated as we receive volunteers. Names of bloggers appear in bold next to session. If there is no name after a session title, please feel free to sign up for it! We will be taking volunteers up to and during the conference. Thank you very much in advance! Matt Hamilton, LITA Web Coordinating Committee…


Call for Bloggers at Annual 2009

Attending the ALA 2009 Annual Conference in Chicago this July? Be a part of the fun and blog for LITA! We need volunteers to blog about sessions, speakers, and general conference atmosphere. We would like coverage for as many of the sessions as possible, so see the current Blog Schedule and pick one (or more) and join the LITA Blogging Community. Interested? Sign up HERE, and you’ll be added to the schedule. No experience is required to blog, though we would love to see some of our experienced volunteers back again. If you have any questions, email Michele Mizejewski.