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I kind of despise self-promotion (you wouldn’t know it though, right?), but I’m always happy to talk with folks when they ask about the blog—why we do it, what we’re learning, etc.

Such as this recent interview with Municipalist. And I’m sure the Boss will love the plug for his book!

Comments (19)

  1. Considering that blogging typically informal discussion between readers and the writer(s), why don’t writers put up some photos of themselves?

    ie. Why don’t I see a photo of Matt Raymond when I click over to the municipalist?

    Stop hiding behind your writing! 🙂

  2. Matt, great interview! Have you ever thought of a multi-author blog to spread the workload and provide more of the stories?

  3. Thanks Mat

    I just stumbled onto this blog a couple of weeks ago. I wondered who was doing the blogging and what the philosophy behind it was. I almost asked as a comment but didnt wan’t to get out of context. Too bad we don’t see more blogs in government or educational institutes.

  4. I think a government agency taking the time to maintain a blog is great. It shows transparency and effort. Kepp up the good work.

  5. This is a great interview. Thanks!

  6. Matt, well done! If you can offer us a multi-author blog to spread the workload and provide more of the stories, would be better.

  7. I agree with Robert. Great job with the blog, I’m a regular reader and like reading about all the cool things I can do on this site to pass the time.

  8. Matt, it would be useful if you could add a way to contact you about general issues. For example, you are the press contact for the announcement concerning the LOC and Microsoft announcement of “Agreement to Support New Interactive Experience for Visitors” which I found at

    It would be nice if there were a way to provide feedback to you via the web or email about such things. In particular, I would venture to guess that there are a lot of people who would like to contact you about the inappropriateness of not using open standards to store government documents, especially something as important as your archives.

  9. Thanks for the interview. What exactly do you want to achieve with this blog?

  10. In the september 30,2006 National Book Festival poster it does not include the letter “L” and i am very concerned. please get back as soon as possible

  11. That’s a great interview, thanks for sharing!

  12. I feel that you are doing a great thing maintaining this blog, and should be allowed a little self promotion now and then 🙂

  13. Hi Matt. Great to meet you this morning at the FEDLINK event. You’re doing a great job over there!

  14. How would you explain the fact that blogging by librarians is so popular in the USA? Here in EU it is hard to find some real good blogs.

    BTW. nice interview 😉 good promotion!

  15. That’s a great interview. I’m also glad to see blogging catching on at government agencies. You’re setting a great standard for other agencies to follow. Keep it up!

  16. Anonymous, very perceptive. But if you look a little closer at the poster, the Washington Monument and the giant book that is lying open on the ground do indeed form an “L,” for “Library.”

  17. Andrew, my email is on the “About” page.

  18. It is not easy to maintain a blog and post regularly, especially for a government agency. Great job. Keep it going.

  19. I hear ya Matt people tend to go overboard with self-promotion.

    As for the book… are you trying to get into your bosses good books..? LOL


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