How do you cite blogging vs. publishing?

I’m posting this separately from the comments here because I think this is a good topic for discussion. I don’t intend to say much, but certainly invite continued comments.

Here’s what I believe to be the issue or question:

How would or should you note blogging, or specifically conference blogging, or specifically participating in a conference group blog, on your vita or resume?

as contrasted to

How would or should you note the publication of a report on all or part of that conference, particularly if the publication is in an unusual medium such as Cites & Insights?

I don’t have ready answers. It’s still an evolving situation.

As a reader, how did you treat the PLA Blog reports from ALA Midwinter as compared to the few formal writeups of sessions that appeared? As a writer, how would you view the comparison?

(As someone reading a vita or resume for possible interviewing/hiring, what would you expect to see?)

Your thoughts?

6 Responses to “How do you cite blogging vs. publishing?”

  1. Anna says:

    I cite blogging as an example of the practice I do towards professional contributions. I do not consider blogging to be on par with scholarly publishing, since beyond the occasional comment feedback, there is nothing resembling peer review in a blog. However, I believe that blogging can contribute to the profession and should not be dismissed based on form. I learn from my blogging colleagues, and I hope that occasionally my contributions are useful to others.

  2. Currently, my CV states nothing about my weblog. But maybe it should. I think that I will list it under “Publications,” as that’s what it truly is.

    Given that I’ll do that at some near date, if I was contributing to a conference blog, I’d probably add a whole new line like “Blogging Contributions: PLA Annual 2005, ALA Annual 2005” etc. If I was writing up a report on the conference that appeared in a “publication” (in the strictest sense), I’d add that in separately with the title of the piece & the publication.

  3. walt says:

    Both good answers. I’m glad Steven C. initiated this conversation, even if indirectly. So far, I don’t plan to put this blog on my CV at all, but that might change. And I certainly wouldn’t limit a vita to scholarly publishing; I’ve rarely seen a vita that draws such a bright line. (Sure would make my vita a lot shorter!)

  4. Steven says:

    Library Stuff is prominently displayed in my resume under “other activities,” although I’m thinking of moving it to jobs/employment because I get paid to do it (I’m lucky). That is not to say that non-paying positions shouldn’t go under employment. I also consider LS a job because I spend so much time on it (posting, gatheirng material for the posts, marketing, trying to find sponsors) that it feels like a full-time job.

    LS is on my (outdated) CV as well, under “other activities.” I will update LS in the CV the same as in my resume. Thanks for the thoughtful discussion on the topic.

  5. Thanks, everyone, this has helped me sort things out. I’ve been thinking about how people reacted at ACRL when I talked about blog and it didn’t have anything to do with writing–rather it was “oh, you can do cool web stuff.” So, I’m going to put my blog and the conference blog under a section called “Web Sites” and publications (which I’m distinguishing as the ones where someone has the title “editor” and it isn’t me) under “Publications.”

    Now I just want to find a job opening with the title “Writing and Cool-Web-Stuff Librarian.”

  6. walt says:

    A good discussion. I don’t think there is a single satisfactory solution (any more than there’s a single satisfactory model for what does and doesn’t get included in a vita), but all of the choices suggested so far make sense.

    Hmm. In my admittedly peculiar case, I’m unwilling to exclude publications where there’s noone else with the title “editor” from my publications list. Somehow, I just can’t see leaving Cites & Insights out! (And I can think of several other cases where it would be silly to leave out self-edited publications–at least one essay-oriented library weblog, Charles W. Bailey’s Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography, just to name two examples.) But, well, it all depends.

    More comments invited; a great discussion that could yield an essay elsewhere…