Texas Digital Library Conference System, TCDL 2013

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“This is totally going on our blog.” Using WordPress and Edublogs to Enhance Access to Digital Collections
Eric Ames

Last modified: 2013-03-26

Abstract


From its first post on November 9, 2011 to the present, the Baylor University Libraries Digital Collections Blog has been access 10,630 times by users around the world. Increasingly, the blog serves as a major entry point into the collection, with users’ Google searches leading them to its posts detailing everything from in-depth looks at a particular digital collection to professional musings and analysis of the processes behind the creation of digital collections.

This poster presentation will provide an in-depth look at how the Digital Projects Group uses the blog to achieve a number of goals, such as:

  • Providing context for collections
  • Establishing a resource for small museums and archives to receive information on digitization trends and processes
  • Presenting unique stories and items from the Baylor University Libraries Digital Collections
  • Serving as a central clearinghouse for information related to the DPG

The poster presentation will be of interest to institutions that are considering starting a blog in conjunction with their digital collections; institutions that are currently using a blog but are looking for new ways to utilize them; and anyone interested in how to mine existing digital collections for stories to present via a blog.


Keywords


outreach; contextual research; collection curation;

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