In 2011, I began an investigation into Australian Librarian bloggers: how many could I locate online; who were they; what sector did they work in; the topics they posted about; and the overall look and feel of their blog. I was interested in individuals and did not want to investigate the blogs of library organisations. So I narrowed the field to the personal blogs of Australian Librarians. While I did include librarians from tertiary academia, I narrowed the field by not including the blogs by teacher librarians situated in primary or secondary school libraries. I also added 14 Librarian bloggers from overseas just to provide a measure of comparison.
After a quick and dirty Google search I located Libraries Interact where there is a list of Australian Librarian bloggers. Of these, in 2011, many were already inactive after running out of steam following the 23 Things training. There were other lists and indexes I stumbled across and I soon listed 66 active Australian librarian bloggers. Although my list did include many of the active bloggers from the Libraries Interact list, it also included others not on that list. I looked for the names of the bloggers and their twitter links. I tried to ascertain the library sector that they worked in. I read about their favourite topics and attempted to evaluate the content by gauging them against a content rubric that I created for the task.
Some bloggers like to write book reviews; some like to talk about their experiences answering customer’s questions; others like to pass on information about technology; some vent; some show their creative talents in the kitchen or with crafts; holidays are popular topics; most were personal; and many were superficial. My five-smile rating 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 was a rare gem indeed on my incomplete list.
I was searching for relevant, interesting, deep, and meaningful content. I wanted to hear opinion. And while there is much great content from our bloggers, one stood out – It’s Not About The Books by Hugh Rundle. Good on you Hugh! Hugh continues to boldly post thought-provoking and challenging articles that are written with excellence. He embeds relevant links thoughtfully. He sets the bar high and is a fine example for anyone wanting to lift their own efforts to a new level; myself included.
So I have once again reviewed the list on Libraries Interact. Of the 58 bloggers listed under personal blogs of Aussie Librarians only 27 are still active (46.5%). Of the 66 Aussie Librarians on my list that were active in 2011, 46 bloggers have posted content in the last year; and only 36 in the last 4 months. (69% still active). Of the 14 blogs from overseas all are still active.
Here is my list of Aussie Librarians who are active bloggers:
And the list of Library bloggers from overseas:
P.S. This list is not complete in an online world that is constantly changing, but if you are an Australian Librarian who writes a blog and your blog is not listed here and you would like it to be, then please leave a comment below.
and some of us just killed off our old blogs and started new ones 🙂
Hi Alison, yes in many cases I did find when people had moved their blog to another fresher version and these are listed in my personal spreadsheet, although I am sure I missed many too. It is a work in progress.
Thanks Sue, you’re very kind, and this list is great!
Thanks Hugh. I will continue to read your blog with keen interest – no pressure 🙂
Great to see so many people writing thoughtfully about libraries. Thanks Sue.
HI Annie. Yes I agree. Food for thought. And hopefully some useful content for the Cultural Benefits research.
Hallo Sue, thanks very much indeed for listing Reeling and Writhing.
However I must inform you that I have not been able to take up employment in the library sector because I’m primary carer for an adult son with autism who just doesn’t seem to fit into the system (nor does it fit around him!). I had a couple of reasonable entry-level job offers early on that I should not have passed on, because it was after that that things got tricky, both at home and with employment. So strictly speaking, I am only a reviewer and blogger now, and not a librarian, though I do have the grad dip.
Not only that but the blog is on hiatus as well, probably only just after you reviewed it, from the date of this post.
BTW I am using a different email address because I have a wordpress account for another blog. But it is me, truly.
I will pop over to Libraries Interact and ask them to take it off their list too.
Hi Genevieve, nice to hear from you. I was aware that this was your blog. I really love reading blogs especially by people I know and you always offer content of intelligence and interest, so good on you. I prefer to read the longer content in blogs as opposed to tweets and that loathsome FB. Kind regards, Sue
Thanks, Sue, that’s lovely. I agree that commenting on blogs is an activity that is less practised than it was when I started, and something I still enjoy. FB has a lot to answer for.
oh I say, Sue! it’s you. I think we studied together?? 🙂 so you know some of the story already. Nice looking blog you have here. Hope all is going well for you.
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