Today I had the pleasure of co-presenting a session at the University of Michigan’s 2012 Enriching Scholarship, called “Top Ten Tools to Tell Terrific Tales” (how’s that that for alliteration?). Together with Matthew Adams of LSA Web Services, Nicole Rhoads from the News Service, and emerging technologies librarian Patricia Anderson, we shared a plethora of story-telling resources, some broad in scope and some very niche. You can find the outline of our session in this lovely Google doc.
One of the tools I covered today was blogging. In a window of about five minutes, I talked about the power of blogging when it comes to sharing stories. As I’m sure you can imagine, the overview of blogging that fits into five minutes is very general and not very in-depth. I’m not going to get much deeper into the topic here, but would like to share the resources I mentioned in the session.
First, an article by Martin Weller in the Chronicle called “The Virtues of Blogging as Scholarly Activity.” I used this quote as an introduction to the topic:
In terms of intellectual fulfillment, creativity, networking, impact, productivity, and overall benefit to my scholarly life, blogging wins hands down. I have written books, produced online courses, led research efforts, and directed a number of university projects.
I also referenced this great example from Georgia Tech, where faculty opinions and research are highlighted in blog format. The Amplifier uses faculty writing to showcase the work being done at the university, while compiling a list of “experts” in a number of fields. I think there are a lot of things to be taken from this example.
If you were at today’s session (or even if you weren’t), I’d love to continue the conversation here or wherever you prefer to connect online.
Enriching Scholarship continues tomorrow, May 11. Follow along on Twitter with the #umttc hashtag.