Public Library Blogs: A little more detail

This post from early August sets forth the purpose of Public Library Blogs: 252 Examples. A little more on that:

Public libraries vary enormously in service size, funding and staff resources. What works for a library serving half a million people with $120 per cap funding may seem wholly out of reach for a library serving 7,000 people with $20 per cap funding (or, for that matter, for a library serving 7,000 people with $120 per cap funding but the smallish staff likely in that library).

I’m hoping this book will help librarians see whether blogs might work for their library by offering a range of examples that speak more directly to their situation. I’m also hoping that showing the diversity of specialized public library blogs will be useful to those considering such blogs.

As an earlier post noted, I’m not looking for “bad blogs”–and I don’t know someone from outside a library and its community can judge whether that library’s blog is “bad.”

The book doesn’t even point out “good blogs” as such (for much the same reason). I put together a list of blogs that intrigued me for various reasons, as I did the penultimate editing pass–and finally left that list out of the book, because it’s either too short or too long and in any case inappropriate. I might post the list in a later post (or include it in the Cites & Insights extravaganza on the book.

Which libraries are included? In general,

  • If your library has a blog in English, that was listed in either the LISWiki “public library blogs” page or the Blogging Libraries Wiki “public library blogs” page in late May 2007 and
  • That blog demonstrably began before January 2007 and
  • That blog has at least one post in at least two of the three months March, April, May 2007 (i.e., one in March and one in April or one in March and one in May or one in March and one in May) and
  • I was able to reach the blog and verify all of that,

then you’re almost certainly in the book. One or two may have dropped out because I couldn’t reach them or for other reasons.

I hope to send email announcing the book to all 196 libraries, or at least those libraries for which an email address is within two or three clicks of a blog.See bottom of this post. In the meantime, here’s a list of the libraries in a form that included libraries should have no trouble understanding, but that doesn’t take too much space here. Namely, it’s the way the book is organized: by Zip code for U.S. libraries, postal code for Canadian libraries, and country/library for the few libraries outside North America.

Libraries are included for these Zip codes and postal codes:

  • 01301, 01557, 01702, 01824, 02048, 02090, 02188, 02330, 02347, 02459, 02860, 02895, 03060, 03743, 03773, 03820, 03842, 03849, 04030, 05301, 06096, 06111, 06426, 06810, 06820, 06850, 06870, 06880, 07753, 07764, 07922, 08043, 08525, 08542, 08831, 08857, 08865, 08904
  • 10924, 11576, 11743, 11747, 11772, 11795, 12074, 14103, 14203, 14468, 14489, 14551, 14569, 14850, 15102, 15213, 16743, 18350, 19082, 19083, 19103, 19380, 19543, 19602
  • 20186, 20912, 21017, 22922, 27203, 27263, 27530, 29506
  • 31906, 32801, 33401, 33755, 35203, 38111, 39043
  • 40004, 40475, 40769, 41011, 43050, 43085, 44087, 45133, 45202, 45419, 46410, 46511, 46601, 46703, 46802, 46923, 47250, 48104, 48170, 48218, 48730, 48917, 49242, 49440, 49503
  • 50613, 50701, 53010, 53040, 53119, 53703, 54901, 54911, 54930, 54952, 54963, 54967, 55305, 55746, 55981, 56007, 56649, 58102
  • 60053, 60067, 60068, 60077, 60091, 60106, 60172, 60190, 60410, 60438, 60462, 60477, 60491, 60513, 60521, 60526, 60901, 61401, 65801, 66049, 66061, 66101, 66212, 66523, 66550, 66604, 66801, 67357, 67701
  • 70501, 74003, 74501, 75491, 76092, 77054, 78701
  • 80903, 87501, 89012
  • 90620, 91502, 92501, 92648, 93721, 93940, 94063, 94086, 94102, 94903, 95032, 95678, 97005, 98446, 98503, 99663, 99801
  • K0K 2K0, K7L 1X8, L0S 1E0, L3Z 2A7, L4J 8C1, L4P 3P7, M4W 2G8, N1H 4J6, N1S 2K6, N2L 5E2, S6V 1B7, T1R 1B9, T8N 3Z9, V8W 3H2
  • Australia: Casey-Cardinia, Eastern Regional, Sutherland Shire, Yarra Plenty; Ireland: Galway; New Zealand: Wellington

Next (in a day or two or three…), a few notes about the kinds of blogs and some sample metrics.


I have attempted to send an email notification to each library (sending in groups of 8 to 10), or to provide the same notice via a library’s contact form if no email addresses appear to be available.

In 10 or 11 cases, I was unable to locate either an email address or a contact form, or the contact form rejected the message. My apologies.

In another three or four cases, I suspect the contact form converted several brief paragraphs into one overwhelming paragraph that probably looks like spam.

And there may have been two or three cases where a mailing problem (apparently one email address had a hidden character that Gmail treated as either a space or an at sign) caused one or two mails to disappear.

For some 180 libraries, though, you should have received a courtesy note. It’s not a solicitation to buy: That’s entirely up to you! (“You too can be listed in this directory, for a mere charge of…” Nope. Not happening here.) I won’t even know who buys copies, which I think is as it should be.

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