What Gorman got right:
We’re not edited, not always scholarly, we are hopeful, we do move too fast, some of us are fanatical digitalists, we are quick to judge and criticize, we write too fast and emotionally, sometimes we only need random facts and paragraphs
LISNews is not a MEblog
- online librarian community
- weblog (powered by Slashdot)
- mailing list (4k readers, 3x/week) and feeds
- comments – which allows for collaboration
- place for discussion of ideas
- database of stories (14k), comments, blog entries
- one of 100+ librarian feeds on lisfeeds.com
- more visitors
- financially supported by community
- fast server
- HTML decent enough
- more visitors, submissions, comments
- HTML is only decent enough
- Inconsistent (too fast/too slow in quantity, quality)
- Untrammeled by editors
Started in 1999. Upgraded, upgraded again, new server, new server….
Has a LISHost.org – cost sharing with about 30-40 paying customers
Statistics – have a fee based program to get stats. Spent some time discussing the various statistics
Why do people visit?
News, comments, journals, librarian fetishists a place to find their soul mates, community feeling, they have a voice, class assignment, recommended by a friend/colleague
Publishing cycle – submit a story > author posts > comments open > archived and comments closed
All the news that fits – save the children stories are the most popular, feel good stories are a lot of the content
Christina's LIS Rant by Christina K. Pikas is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License.
Christina Kirk Pikas
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