Reasons not to have a blog

In the library world, especially the special library world, there’s a lot of talk about keeping up with social media, including blogging. It’s one of the reasons, I started this blog.

Meanwhile in the water world, the straight-shooting blog On the Public Record has posted There is no shame in not having a blog:

Here’s how you know if you do not want to blog:

  • You think your organization should have a blog, because all the cool organizations have a blog.
  • You want someone to be representing your side of the story.
  • It will increase your “web presence.”
  • You want to “market” yourself.

Wow, those reasons sound very similar to what I’ve heard people in the library world say are good reasons to have a blog.

OtPR also says, “You will only ever reach people who like blogs. No one else drops by.”

Don’t worry. It isn’t all anti-blog. OtPR also gives reasons you might want to have a blog and tells what kind of blogs the world needs and doesn’t need.

Food for thought, anyway. I recommend you read the whole post (warning for the squeamish: four-letter words).


Conference for water librarians

Saw this on the Geonet mailing list. I don’t think I’ll be able to make it, but if any of you do, please post a comment below. If I hear more about it, I will post it to this blog, too.

Greater Western Library Alliance/Center for Research Libraries Jointly Sponsored Presentation: “GRN Forum: Global Water – 2010 and Beyond”
Oct 21 2010 – Oct 22 2010
9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Location: Magnolia Hotel, Denver, Colorado, USA Event Contact: James Simon –

The issues surrounding the use, supply, and management of water are steadily gaining interest in the academic, policy, and business communities. Water issues are global in nature. Water demand already exceeds supply in many parts of the world, causing tensions and conflict within and between communities. Population growth, urbanization, and per-capita consumption are but a few of the human factors affecting water use, while climate change and ecosystem degradation impact availability of freshwater systems for human and nonhuman use.

The Global Resources Network (GRN) seeks to stimulate national and international interest in collecting, preserving, and providing access to documents that support research into water-related topics. Through this forum, the GRN will study the nature and sources of documentation on water issues; assess how scholars, policymakers, and nongovernmental organizations make use of such data; and propose a series of strategies, policies, and practices that libraries, archives, and other repositories can adopt to accommodate the realities of the field.

In partnership with the Greater Western Libraries Alliance (GWLA), the GRN Forum will feature GWLA’s Western Waters Digital Library as a “model for providing students and scholars with a web accessible archive of texts, images, audio/video files and data sets on water issues.”

The GRN Forum will feature keynote speaker Donald Worster, professor of U.S. History and Environmental Studies at the University of Kansas. A detailed agenda is also available.

The GRN Forum will be held at the Magnolia Hotel, 818 17th Street, Denver, Colorado. Conference registration is free for all members of CRL and GWLA. Nonmembers may register to attend the first day’s Program Session for a fee. Click here for registration details.