Public Library Blogs: 252 Examples is still available at Cites & Insights Books. Price: $29.50 plus shipping and handling–or $20 for a PDF ebook version. (It’s also available on bright-white paper with an ISBN at Amazon, also $29.50, ISBN 978-1434085591.)
The 299-page 6×9 trade paperback (x+289 pages) features descriptions and sample posts for a wide range of blogs from 196 public libraries of all sizes, in the United States, Canada, Australia, Ireland and New Zealand.
It’s the first and only broad-range study of its kind, looking at how public library blogs appeared during March 2007-May 2007, with metrics for each blog, information on links to and from library home pages (or, in a few cases, the note that the blog is the library home page) and a sample post for each blog. You can see how blogs measure up for number of posts, length of posts, number of comments (overall and per post) and use of illustrations. You can also look at blogs by specialty, including half a dozen technology blogs, three dozen teen blogs (and one for tweens), one on censorship and four devoted to genealogy–among many more.
Why should you (or your library) buy this book?
If your library is associated with a library school, it should be a no-brainer: It’s the broadest and most complete study done of how public library blogs actually work and are being used, as opposed to commentaries with a few hand-picked examples.
If your library is considering a blog, this book should help you find blogs from comparable libraries to consider as examples. If your library has a blog and is considering more (or revising the ones you have), this book should help you find interesting examples–the public library blogging community is remarkably diverse!
196 libraries are included in the book:, with extremely diverse service populations (as of 2004 figures):
- Under 1,000 (actually under 400): two libraries
- 1,000 to 2,400: five libraries
- 2,500 to 4,600: eight libraries
- 5,000 to 9,900: 17 libraries
- 10,000 to 15,000: 16 libraries
- 16,000 to 24,000: 20 libraries
- 25,000 to 33,000: 20 libraries
- 34,000 to 46,000: 17 libraries
- 51,000 to 69,000: 17 libraries
- 75,000 to 97,000: 11 libraries
- 100,000 to 137,000: 19 libraries
- 146,000 to 240,000: 21 libraries
- 260,000 to 497,000: 10 libraries
- More than 670,000: 13 libraries
I would quote review excerpts–but there haven’t been any, positive or negative.
Scarcity and continuation:
This book has been out since mid-August 2007. In nine months, it’s sold 68 copies.
Some time after August 2008, one of two things will happen, largely depending on sales for this book and Academic Library Blogs: 232 Examples, although feedback and other factors may come into play:
- It will be replaced by a new book showing how library blogs change from year to year, comparing March-May 2007 with March-May 2008.
- It will go out of print, at least on Amazon, if it isn’t averaging at least one sale a week (which it hasn’t been for the last three months).
In either case, you may have a relatively rare copy.