Meredith over at Information wants to be free has set up a survey of the biblioblogosphere. (That link’s to the post, which has the link to the survey.)
The initial survey was a little more biased toward ML[I]S-holders and future ML[I]S-holders than Meredith really intended–as a “library person” who’s not a professional librarian (and frankly unlikely to become one at least before retirement), I couldn’t get past the first page of the survey. Which was fine–I’m an oddball case. (Drop the “case” if you prefer.)
I let Meredith know about the problem, somewhat ungraciously. The problem was corrected very rapidly: The intent really was not to exclude “library people” who don’t have the degree and don’t plan to get it. (My apologies for the tone of my original comment; rough week…) So I returned and did complete the survey, which is (I believe) well designed [with the little glitches taken care of).
[If I wanted to nitpick, it would probably be about the geographic question. I don’t think of California as either “Southwest” or “Northwest”–I think of Arizona, Utah, Nevada, and New Mexico as “Southwest,” while California is “Pacific Coast.” But “Southwest” will do, I guess–even as the survey also has the traditional “Midwest,” about 1,500 miles to the east of “Southwest” and “Northwest.” Or does Northern California count as “Northwest”?]
If you write a blog and you’re a library person, go take the survey. It won’t take long (despite one visual cue, it’s really only one page). It doesn’t ask loaded demographic questions (income, religion, politics…) and doesn’t ask you to identify your blog.
I believe the results will provide an interesting complement to my study–if enough people respond. Are there more than, say, ten library bloggers over age 50? [Interesting: I first said “five” and was going to say “I think I can name four, and I’m not certain of one of them”–and at this point, I think I can name six–although I’m not certain of one or two. I won’t name them, except for Walt Crawford…] What’s the distribution among types of libraries? Geographic distribution?