Thursday, July 28, 2005

Welcome to SPC's Library Blog

Welcome to the St. Petersburg College Library Blog (SPCLB). I created “our blog” because it can become a powerful tool for promoting SPC library services and it can also act as a forum that highlights other issues relating to higher education and libraries.

If you would like to contribute to our blog please read the Acceptable Use and Copyright Statement and the Policy Statement before sending an email to . Once I receive your email, I will send you an electronic invitation explaining how to set-up your contributor/editor account. Many of you may already know that blog content is dynamic and only considered a successful means of communication/collaboration when it is frequently updated.

A great feature is that blog content can be automatically delivered to blog aggregators via RSS feeds -- sometimes referred to as XML site feeds. FYI: I am developing a simulated tutorial describing how RSS and aggregators work together in order to bring this exciting web content to you automatically. As soon as the tutorial is finished I will post it here.

The St. Petersburg College Library Blog is freely hosted at ( and it has the necessary functionality to make our blog easy-to-use and relatively easy-to-modify.

Re: Creative Commons License. I followed the development of LITA’s (Library and Information Technology Association) blog ( and they produced a creative commons license, which “helps you publish your text online while letting others know exactly what they can and can't do with your work.” [1]

FYI: An excellent overview of blogs/blogging etc. can be found at:

I’d like to thank Mike and David from CCLA who helped me “fine tune” the code that queries and displays results from LINCC. Try our “Basic Library Catalog Search” within our blog!

Please let me know what you think of the SPCLB. Again, if you are interested in contributing please email

Thank you,

Chad Mairn

[1] Creative Commons. 2005. 27 Jun. 2005 (

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