Welcome to the new blog for your Campus Library! Because libraries contain a wealth of diverse perspectives on a variety of topics it seems fitting to have many perspectives and ideas represented in this blog. Therefore, writing our weekly blog entries will be rotated among our seven (lucky 7!) library staff members. I might also ask some avid campus library users to blog for us occasionally, just to mix-it-up a bit. We may feature a reflection on some interesting reading or media, an introduction to new or unique resources, or anecdotes about how information was used personally or professionally.
As the Library Director at Indiana University East it is my pleasure to start the blog rolling. Although I have journaled, I haven’t blogged, so being of the librarian persuasion I of course researched the optimal length for a blog entry. There seems to be no consensus on length but I did find an interesting statistic. According to calculations using the “Site Meter” (see reference below) I have 96 seconds to convey everything I want you to read before you leave this page. Darren Rowse compiled an interesting list of what can be accomplished in 96 seconds or less, and you can find that list here:
http://www.problogger.net/archives/2005/03/17/how-long-do-your-readers-stay-at-your-blog-length-of-stay-statistics/. My favorites are learning the Tango (I plan to do that after I finish writing this), becoming more creative (I’ll write a whole blog entry about that next time it’s my turn), and of course accessing our library site to discover all the information treasures available to you: www.iue.edu/library
Feel free to stop online weekly to read an eclectic array of eruditions by your friendly campus library staff!