Blogging for Librarians

Blogs for Librarians slidesThe Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA) did a series of five webinars about Social Media for Librarians.

The presentation on Blogs for Librarians was done by me on 25 November 2015.

The webinar was recorded as well: Blogs for Librarians: Karen du Toit

The importance of blogging for librarians cannot be emphasized enough! Through blogging you have direct access to your communities. Your communities are online, and they are searching for your services on the Internet!

It is time for Africa’s libraries to get on board as well!

GLAM: Karen Du Toit on Working in Audio-Visual Archives


Guest post for the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) discussion over at International Librarians Network.

Blogging for the month of June – here we go again #blogjune

This blog needs a bit of attention, so here goes for the month of June.

I have signed up to flexnib’s form, and also linking up with Fiona at the Bun Toting Librarian.

5 Things I am looking forward to about #blogjune

1. Trying to do a regular blog post on this blog.

2. Reading other people’s blogs.

3. Linking up with global librarians.

4. Thinking about my career as archivist again.

5. Searching for some interesting mobile things to share here!

Happy blogging!

2014 in review on Karen’s 23 Mobile Things blog

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 710 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 12 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Library advocacy & lobbying – discussion topic for ILN #blogjune

I am linking up with the International Librarians Network with their discussion topic about Library advocacy for my third blogging in June (#blogjune) post.

The questions that needs answering:

Is there an library advocacy or lobbying campaign you’ve loved? What made it stand out for you? 

I love the #followalibrary yearly advocacy campaign on the 1 October. It was a bit quiet in 2013. Luckily it seems that the Twitter outreach this year, awakened by the International Librarians discussion topic about library advocacy and lobbying, has already taken up the challenge.


#followalibrary on Twitter

A Facebook page for Followalibrary for this year has been created by Wilma van den Brink @wbk500 from Amsterdam, and she suggests that each upload a library shelfie #libshelfie for this year.

What are some examples of how you have been an advocate for libraries? How did it work out?

Social Media is one of the great new ways of advocating for libraries. The feedback from our own libraries active on social media is that it has given us a voice and has created awareness about our services.

What are 3 ways in which you think you could become a better advocate?

1. Getting more skilled with regards social media and advocacy practices, to use it to upgrade the library’s social media presence.

2. To always have a positive view on my own library services, and to have that elevator speech ready when asked about our jobs and our services.

3. Love what I do! (Even more, which I do!)

International Librarians Network discussion topic: Blog every day in June #blogjune

I am answering the questions by the International Librarians Network about blogging in the month of June, which are being carried forward by Constance Wiebrands @flexnib.

Both my ILN partner and me have been neglecting our dialogues with each other, and I am going to use #blogjune to catch up on our outstanding conversations. Alberto Boada García (my ILN partner from the Spanish General Council for the Judiciary (CGPJ), in the  Judiciary Documentation Centre, which it’s settled in San Sebastian), I hope this will help us to catch up?

The discussion topic for blogging in June:

Does your organisation have a blog?


SABC Media Libraries

Yes, we have! We have started our own blog for the Media Libraries to be able to get hands-on control on the creation and content of the blog. We have been using Blogger as our platform, and has been blogging here since 2009.

The blog: SABC Media Libraries


Do you have blogs you follow? (professional or otherwise)

Yes, we follow blogs from the library and archive profession, but it is a list that needs to be updated.

In my personal capacity I am also following professional and personal blogs.

I love that #blogjune has a list of blogs that are taking part. It helps to widen my scope of professional blogs that I would like to follow, and comment on.


Do you think blogging is even still relevant?

It definitely is! Blogging is a way of connecting with like-minded peers and professionals without having the extra burden of getting published first. It is immediate, it is open for discussion, and gives relevant and timely new conversations a platform.


Have you blogged professionally? If not, would you like to?

Yes, AND I would love to continue blogging professionally.

Introduction to Blogging for Journalism students – using Blogger

The presentation was done for second year Journalism students at Monash University in South Africa. The course is named: AZA2787 – Journalism: An online perspective.
The issue of privacy is a huge prerequisite as students are not allowed to have public blogs while practising their blogging skills as part of their training.
Some of the social media share buttons are not activated when the blog is private. That hampers in acquiring their social media skills and networking effectively, but the consensus remains that they should know where and how to activate the social media features on their blogs when they make it public.