I’ve done all the scanning I’m planning to do, looking for liblogs (that is, blogs by library people, as opposed to official library blogs). I’ve found 1,277 liblogs, and checked and excluded another 1,308 things that aren’t liblogs.
It’s Your Turn
I know I’m not going to get everything. That became fairly clear when, on checking 83 possibilities from eight blogrolls added while checking mostly-defunct liblogs, I came up with 31 legitimate liblogs…
I also know I’m not going to go through any more iterations.
So: If you know of liblogs I haven’t included, you’re invited to let me know between now and September 15, 2010.
What’s a liblog?
For the purposes of the current project, the most inclusive I’ve done, here are the criteria:
- The blog must be available on the web without using passwords or special permissions.
- Most posts in the blog must be in English.
- There must be at least one post prior to June 1, 2010 (that is, no later than May 31, 2010).
- The blog should be by a self-identified “library person” or group of people, not explicitly identified as not at all relating to libraries, or somehow related to libraries…but:
- The blog should not be an “official blog” from a library or a library-related group. (If you’re in doubt, include it.)
Please, Before Submitting Any Candidates…
- Check this page — Liblogs 2010 (with exclusions) — DRAFT. Use your browser’s Find function to check the name. (The list is in alphabetic order, but it’s idiot alpha order, with a few “A ” entries and a lot of “The ” entries. And, of course, cute punctuation can change sorting.)
- [Added 8/31/10:] If you see a blog twice, under a current name and an old name, that’s OK: In order to maintain my sanity while checking candidates, I include older names of renamed blogs in the exclusions list, under the “Renamed” category. There are 115 older names in the list as of now.
If You Have Candidates…
- Add a comment, with the blog name and URL–but give the URL as text, not as a link (omit the http://), and don’t combine the blog name with a link. (Why not? Because, particularly if you have more than one, it will cause Spam Karma 2 to flag it as spam–and with more than 100 spamments today, I’m not sure I’ll be able to sort through all the spam looking for legit posts.)
- Or send me email, waltcrawford at gmail dot com, using the same rules.
Sending candidates doesn’t guarantee they’ll be included–and since this project won’t involve blog profiles, it may not matter as much. Still, it will almost certainly be the most comprehensive look at English-language liblogs ever done, so it wouldn’t hurt…
Thanks. Now back to the Open Access project (and dealing with a keyed car, and, and, and…)
Postscript, September 16, 2010:
I’ve turned off comments, since it’s now past September 15, 2010.
Between comments here and direct email, and excluding blogs that obviously didn’t fit my criteria, I received 33 candidates. Of those, 25 met the criteria and have been added to the study, bringing the new total to 1,296 liblogs (that includes one more blog, noted in a response to another post, that had one single post some years back…). Six of the candidates are too new, having begun in June, July or August 2010. One is an official blog. And one just doesn’t seem to be there.