you’ll probably never hear a librarian say, “no comment.”

Though unscientific, some calculations can be pretty interesting. Today I finished another tabluation. This time I chose fifty blogs written by individual librarians — again, the blogs were chosen at random. The lists I used to draw mine from came from Blake Carver’s Ten Librarian Blogs to Read in 2010, Walt Crawford’s list from his June 2009 Cites & Insights, the GetDegrees’ list of Top Fifty Librarian Blogs, and the LISWiki’s list of individual librarian’s blogs.

I needed to use a combination of lists because I wanted a specific criteria for selection: blogs had to be up since 2008, and had to have at least five posts. You wouldn’t think that criteria would be difficult to fulfill, but a significant number of blogs from the LISWiki list have been abandoned, and a few from Walt’s list were also gone. In addition, many of the blogs hadn’t posted (as of the time of this blog post) in March 2010 — which was a month I wanted to include. To use the old phrase, “If I had a nickel for…” (every blog link that landed on a error page/hadn’t posted in March 2010/had been taken down because of a breach of terms and conditions, etc.), I’d had enough for a vente at Starbucks.

You may be happily surprised when you look at the list of individual librarian’s blogs — there is considerable interaction between bloggers and their readers. The Annoyed Librarian attracts the mosts comments per post, followed by Meredith Farkas’ Information Wants to Be Free. In contrast to the lists I made recently, only three individual librarians’ blogs (in my sample) had cumulative posts with no comments. (Blogs from my random list of academic libraries had 21 blogs without comments, and the public libraries list had thirteen blogs without comments.) So there’s a good deal of demonstrable community created by the blogs of individual librarians. Moreover, the average number of comments per post for individual librarians’ blogs is three. This seems to indicate a general interest and collegiality among librarians.


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