I’m late to the party on this one, but Meredith’s survey results have been posted–that link takes you to the last of several posts, which links to the others.
It would appear that 165 bloggers took the survey, a good showing and a pretty fair chunk of the biblioblogosphere.
Just a couple of comments.
Here’s the response to one question and Meredith’s comment (in italics):
2. What is your age?
24 to 30â€¦. 54 (32.7%)
31 to 40â€¦. 62 (37.6%)
41 to 50â€¦. 27 (16.4%)
51 to 60â€¦. 14 (8.5%)
Over 60â€¦. 5 (3%)
Under 24â€¦. 3 (1.8%)
Not a huge surprise that the majority of library bloggers are under 40, but I was thrilled to see that so many were over 40! 25.9% is certainly more than Iâ€™d expected and is a nice stereotype-busting figure.
Looking only at 51 and above, I’m not at all surprised: As I’ve said elsewhere, I was quite confident that at least five or six of the sixty blogs described in my study are done by people over 50, and the number could be higher.
I wonder where the “bloggers are youngsters” stereotype comes from. From the relatively young people going around the country advocating blogging? From those of us who are older and (unlike me) don’t mention it?
13% of those responding don’t have an ML[I]S or apparently plan to get one. Good to know I’m not the only blogging “library person” who isn’t a professional librarian…
Roughly 45% of respondents work in academic libraries. Meredith had this to say about that: Who says there are no voices of academic librarianship?
Well…there’s a difference between being an academic librarian and blogging, and being a voice of academic librarianship. I suspect that academic librarians are sensitive to this distinction, and that relatively few of them view themselves as voices in that manner. (But what do I know? I’m not one of them…I’m sure as heck not a “voice of RLG”!)
My overall comment on the study and Meredith’s interpretation: Nicely done.
And, of course, my overall suggestion: Go read the results.