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Blogging at the University Library

The Library Weblog will be located at http://library.csu.edu/blog/. Currently it is being enabled at http://libtest.csu.edu/blog/ The Library staff weblog is located at http://libstaff.csu.edu/blog/.

WordPress ® based

This is a basic blog, and is not configured as a Content Management System (CMS). The weblog uses the WordPress® blogging software.

Identification needed for posting

Users may write information to the weblog assuming they have an email address capable of delivering the initial password. Users can edit their own postings. Users can edit neither posts nor comments belonging to another user.

Passwords are created by two processes
  1. Registration
  2. Lost password reset

These passwords are emailed to the address initially used at registration.

Blog components

Posts or Articles contain writings of people who wish to share thoughts, ideas, proposals, criticisms, and so on.

Comments are one or more replies to an article or to another comment.

Entries may contain text, images, audio, video, links, and other information vehicles available at the time of posting.

Users must assure that such instruments are free of copyright restrictions against such postings.
A convenient word processor type toolbar is available, as is optional markup.

Blog pages

The blog has an initial page which displays the posts and links to registration, logging in, requests for syndication feeds to your reader, and a link to the software provider. There may be other pages such as "Getting started." These are informational and topical. Pages are not the primary type of blog document; posts are.

The WordPress codex site has many basic and detailed topics and resources that you may wish to use.

Tags and tag clouds

These are arbitrarily created keywords associated with posts. The collection of these tags is a cloud.

Tagging is one of the most useful information retrieval aids available. When a tag is clicked, all posts using that tag are displayed, latest to oldest.

There are many collections of references to Social Tagging, Folksonomy, Collabularies, and Tag Clouds, one of which I arbitrarily chose here. Use Google, a library resource such as “Deriving Ontology from Folksonomy and Controlled Vocabulary”, or another search engine to find the many discussions that folksonomies have provoked among library vocabulary specialists.

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