In this post, I will try to point out some common themes in my blog posts so far, and how some blog posts actually form a series of interlocking ideas.
Typically, my blog ideas start by going.. "Hmm can this idea (inspired by a new tech service I've read) be used by libraries?". I then look around to see if libraries have already done it, and if several of them have done the idea, I do the research , compare and put them into a blog post.
Other posts involve comparing similar services and musings about the pros and cons of each.
This class of posts tend to be the long and take time to write due to the research involved. But they can be popular because they give you a summary on how libraries are using various new tools.
In many ways though, my 3 part series in March 09 musing about how libraries are using opensearch plugins, custom toolbars, bookmarklets to enable quick access to library resources directly from the browser without going through the library portal was actually the paradigm for the other posts in this category.
"Accessing library catalogue & databases on your Mobile phone" is a recent attempted update for mobile phone users.
Survey of Libraries on Twitter
Using this data and more, I spent a lot of effort on a series of quantitative posts analyzing how libraries were using Twitter including "Official Library Twitter accounts- what factors are correlated with number of followers?"
(Also see here and here and here and here) .
Here's one example, a pie graph showing follower/following ratios, which I think is interesting since it sheds some light on the issue of whether library account following patterns.
More recently, in "Library twitter account - what tools are you using?" I surveyed a bewildering number of tools that libraries could use to manage a Twitter account and laid out my thinking on the different factors (e.g purpose of account, manual vs auto-tweeting, needed speed of response, intergretion with other social media, preservation, analytics) affecting the class of tools you might want to use.
Aspects of library portals
Altough "What are mobile friendly library sites offering?" (see later) was extremely popular, I also have a series of posts comparing features of conventional library webpages.
Shorter pieces covered library portals that allowed users to customize the portal and how libraries were creating interactive floor maps.
Mobile related posts
In many of these cases, further developments has resulted in making the content moot (typically in cases which the service never really took off or died)
One main "strand" running through my blog posts involves using RSS feeds to organize & track information.
Use of RSS feeds can quickly lead to information overload, so I explored using Bayesian filtering techniques to filter RSS feeds.
Presentation and personal ideas
In "Using library 2.0 tools for technical services" and "Some email ideas for library use - LibX and Xobni , I advocated and shared my experience on how library 2.0 tools could actually lead to productivity gains when used by technical services staff . My thinking was that they benefited most from efficiency gains from using such tools as they carried out many repetitive tasks. This was also eventually implemented by other libraries, though I'm not saying they got the idea from this blog of course.
Scanning twitter - environment scanning ideas
But I'm perhaps happiest with my series of posts musing on using free tools to do environment scanning of online comments about the library. My early posts about what libraries were doing on Twitter in early 2009 eventually led to me setting up a Twitter account for the library, and this eventually allowed me to try to scan for and respond to library mentions on Twitter.
Chances are I will revisit many of these posts when I think of new ideas, learn of new tools, or if enough time has passed that a resurvey is worth while (e.g Libraries on Twitter). But I'm hoping to not repeat myself too much. Will probably stop posting if that happens.
Some topics I've being thinking of exploring in the future include reference managers (a comparison or clever uses), libraries on facebook (not a new topic I know), faq systems on libraries, and perhaps sharing more novice tips to those new to this brave new world.
I'm willing to accept requests on what you would like to see. :)