CS-SIS Blawgs Committee

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Law Library Blogs Survey

Fellow Law Library Bloggers (Past, Present, and Near Future), (excuse any duplication)

I’m working on an article for Law Library Journal on the topic of blogs. It will be a piece on the state of the law library blogosphere: Who is blogging? What are we blogging about? Who reads our blogs? What technologies are we using? and Have our blogs been successful?

I need your help. As fellow law library bloggers, I’d like to learn more about your blogging experiences. Would you please take a few moments to complete a short survey? It is available at http://survey.perseus.com/7dae68ec.htm.

For the purposes of this article, I am only interested in professional blogs affiliated with a law library, a law library association, and / or written by a law librarian. I would like to hear from you if you have a blog now, had one in the past, or have plans to start one in the near future. Be assured that I will not connect your responses to you or your organization when writing my article.

Please complete a separate survey for each blog to which you contribute(d). If there are multiple authors for the blog, please select just one person to complete the survey (preferably the person responsible for its creation).

Thank you in advance for your assistance,

Monday, August 15, 2005

Add the Law Libraries Button to your Blog

Thanks to ublaw phoenix & Out of the Jungle's James Milles(University at Buffalo Law School), we have a cool new Law Libraries button that links to the list of Law Library Blogs and Blogs by Law Librarians or Law Library Associations. Check out the bottom of the right sidebar.

I'll be adding it to my own blog and highly recommended that others do the same. Let's the get word out about our blogs!

Monday, August 01, 2005

Blog Etiquette - Is It OK to "Copy & Paste" from Another Blog?

The other day a colleague at Hamline University Law Library emailed me with the following question. With her permission, I'm posting it here along with my response.

Does anyone else have anything to add on this issue?

Question: I have a question about etiquette. I have noticed that many blogs seem to just "copy and paste" information from other blogs--it is attributed (usually) to the original blog or writer, but I am wondering whether it is proper and accepted practice in the "BlogWorld" to do this? Also, are there any copyright implications?

My Response: As far as blog etiquette goes, I think that reposting someone else's post if ok, as long as you attribute it to the source. I've seen this all over the blogosphere. However, I would question the value of a blog that did nothing but "copy and paste" and had little original content of its own.

I think that the best combination is to post about what you've seen in other blogs, but also to add in your own thoughts or tailor it to your specific audience. I have, on occasion, I admit, simply duplicated someone else's post (with attribution, of course). But I try not to do it too often, and only when I feel that I really don't have anything to add.