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April 12, 2004

UThink: Blogs at the University Libraries

The University Libraries are proud to announce the unveiling of UThink: Blogs at the University Libraries. What is a blog? A blog, or weblog, is typically defined as a web page made up of usually short, frequently updated posts that are arranged chronologically. The content of blogs varies greatly. Some blogs contain links and commentary about other web sites. Other blogs contain frequently updated news about a person, company, or idea. Blogs can also be an online diary, or contain photos, essays, project updates, fiction, rough drafts of papers, really the potential is endless. Blogs are also very easy to use. There is no need to know HTML, and you can be up and running in minutes. Take a look at the UThink FAQ link to the left and familiarize yourself with blogs and the service in general.

UThink is available to the faculty, staff, and students of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. All you need to login and start blogging is your U of M Internet ID and Password. You can create as many blogs as you want, and attach as many authors to those blogs as you want. A faculty member could have a blog for every class he or she teaches, and attach the students in those classes to his or her blogs as authors to encourage discussion and debate. A student could also have a blog for every class, or just use blogs to express opinions and viewpoints about world events. A student could also create a club blog, or a blog for his or her friends, and also attach as many authors to those blogs as he or she deems necessary. Faculty could also use the blogging system to track a research initiative, or even publish the drafts of papers they are working on. Other colleges and universities across the country are already making use of this new publishing tool, and the Libraries are excited to finally offer it at the U of M.

So, go ahead and give it a try! This is day one of this new service so if you find any bugs or would like to make a comment, please email uthink@umn.edu or leave a comment at the bottom of this post. Let us know what "UThink!"

Posted by snackeru at April 12, 2004 10:04 AM
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