The Belleville Public Library in Belleville, Kansas, has made the choice,apparently not unusual among public libraries
. Public libraries inthe United States and Canada are notoriously strapped for cash, and from this perspectivethe choice of a [x].blogspot.com web address makes perfect sense. Gordon and Stephensrecommend Blogger specifically as a simple, inexpensive way to make your librarywebsite “dynamic and relevant”. They note that “blogs offer a simple way to getinformation online without having to go through a system or municipal IT department, tolearn HTML, or to invest in Web design software.” (“Online Cool on a Budget,” 48.)When discussing the choice of a blogspot.com address, which may seem toogeneric to an experienced internet user, we might consider that Belleville is a common place name (there are ten Bellevilles in North America, according to a Wikipedia search):<www.bellevillelibrary.com> is taken by the public library in Belleville, Ontario;<www.bellevillepubliclibrary.org> by the library in Belleville, Illinois; and<www.bellepl.org> by the library in Belleville, New Jersey. As it turns out, however,<www.bellevillelibrary.org> redirects to the page under discussion, so it seems thatBelleville Public Library did choose Blogger for ease of setup.This paper will review the Belleville Public Library’s website,<bellevillepl.blogspot.com>, according to the Rettig/LaGuardia Review Canon as
Searching < “public libraries” and “blogspot.com” > on Google retrieves a number of public library sites.
This paper will occasionally make reference to things which are and are not possible when designing a blog through the Blogger service. Since the setup is difficult to site, if you wish to confirm thesestatements I recommend that you go to the site yourself and go through the setup process. This service isavailable to anyone with a Gmail account.