Post #3: Public Library Blogs
Blogs have introduced exciting possibilities for public libraries. Since blogs have increased in popularity, public libraries have taken advantage of this relatively new method of disseminating information. There are many types of blogs that public libraries can create. Public library blogs can take on many uses, such as notifying patrons of library news, or being a readers’ advisory tool. Regina Public Library in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada host an impressive number of blogs (thirteen) on their website. They have several blogs that are related to genre. These blogs focus on new and recommended reading in the genres, as well as news about the genres. Their New & Notable Non-Fiction Blog tells readers about non-fiction titles in many different areas that are of interest. Some recent topics that have been covered in this blog are presidential hopefuls, biographies, music, health and fitness, and humor. Their Prairie History Blog is a genealogy and history newsletter that discusses online genealogy resources, and genealogy and history workshops and events going on in the province. The library has two blogs that are geared toward their younger patrons. KidSpace is a blog that contains information about books, and programs and services for kids. TeenZone is Regina Public Library’s blog for teens. This blog has announcements about events and services for teens, as well as discussions on favorites in print and film. Public library blogs can be used in many ways, and the Regina Public Library has managed to utilize the various uses effectively.