I don’t know about you all, but I get literally hundreds of emails a day. Of course, I have the curse of needing to subscribe to a bunch of library listservs, a techsupport listserv in Seattle, and UWT Line.
As I have mentioned to list administrators in each of those instances I think a lot of the emails we get via the various listservs would be perfect in a blog. In fact, in a typical day of UWT Line emails I see more than 10 different classifications of news release or blog type information; everything from baby announcements, to article reviews, to an announcement that the STF committee is finally accepting proposals. All of this data is important to someone but not all of the data is important to everyone.
For example, I blog (shameless plug) about UWT Library Information Technology over at https://litweblog.wordpress.com/. Maybe you want to know what’s brewing in Library Information Technology but maybe you really don’t? I don’t send updates via UWT Line because I think UWT Line ought to be used for mission critical communications only: the information that’s important to everyone. If you want to know what’s going on in the Library IT world, subscribe to the RSS feed and get a daily (er, mostly) feed of what I’m doing, my thoughts on tech, education, and much more. If you don’t… don’t!
The point I’m making is that if a lot of what was put on UWTLine was in blog form, the subscribers could have more control over the content rather than having content dictated to them.
So, I ask a question, is it time for a change in the way we use UWT Line? Can we start developing more user friendly methods of communication like blogs and newsletters or should we plod along like this?
Obviously, we can’t have this discussion via UWT Line, because it’s not important to everyone, so where do we have these types of campus discussions?
If only this was a blog post…