Movable Type Blog Hosting
Library Systems has recently acquired and installed a limited license for the Movable Type blogging software. Guidelines for use as well as a variety of background information are provided below.
Blogging's current popularity stems from several factors, chiefly:
* Most blog systems have built in subscription/syndication features
based on the RSS and/or Atom standards.
For the first example of Movable Type at our Library, take a look at the Scholarly Communications site's "SC News" at http://www.library.uiuc.edu/blog/scholcomm/ .
Individual faculty and staff who wish to create blogs can make use of non-Library services freely available on the Internet. (See "More Information" below).
Details about the Service:
The Movable Type software is installed on our primary web server (www.library.uiuc.edu a.k.a. Cooper). Inquiries about its capabilities or requests for the creation of a blog should be made like other requests to Library Systems:
NOTE: When requesting a blog please include the name you want your blog to be called, a short name of your blog (i.e. www/blog/your_short_name), and a list of the users' netids.
Caveat: Blog tools are useful but they are fundamentally limited in scope of features. We're viewing Movable Type as a stopgap measure to tide people over until a full web content management system (CMS) is implemented for the Library. We believe that we will be able to migrate the content created in Movable Type to a similar facility within the CMS when the time comes.
John Weible, Head of Library Systems
There are many free, easy-to-use, stable blog sites. Some of the most popular are: