ASIST K-Blog Panel

Wednesday, June 30, 2004

Blogarians – A New Breed of Librarians

Blogarians – A New Breed of Librarians Judit Bar-Ilan, Presented at ASIST 2004 Annual Meeting; "Managing and Enhancing Information: Cultures and Conflicts" (ASIST AM 04), Providence, Rhode Island, November 13 - 18, 2004 Abstract This study examines the value of blogs as information dissemination tools. We based our finding on blogs created by libraries, librarians or information professionals. A relatively exhaustive list of blogs written in English was compiled from data obtained from several lists/directories. The blogs were extensively characterized considering several aspects. The findings indicate that blogs have a high professional potential and are a novel information channel for transferring information both to fellow professionals and to other users of the Web. The main challenge at this point of time is to increase the readership of these blogs. ---- Should we try to talk to her? How does this impact our session?


  • Yes, I think we should definitely try to get in touch with her or at least look at the study. Perhaps we shouldn't cover what she'll be talking about or perhaps we could use it as a reference point for some of what we'll be talking about. Her session is on Wednesday morning. Since she's from Hebrew University in Jerusalem, I wonder if she'll have an international perspective. The paper sounds like something worth reading.

    By Blogger j, at 2:54 PM  

  • While Googling Judit, I found a blog post from Matt May of the W3C, who shows up at the Berkman meetings occasionally, about a talk of hers he recently attended about blogs.

    By Blogger j, at 3:06 PM  

  • I read Matt May's comment. I'm all for content analysis but her n is small. Some of the G-town folks who did papers using content analysis had a little more to say. Also: Bridging the Gap: A Genre Analysis of Weblogs by Herring et al. Avail: (accessed 6/30/04).

    By Blogger Christina, at 3:30 PM  

  • I wasn't too crazy about the content of Judit's presentation. Her thoughts were interesting, but the sample is so small, it's difficult for me to see how it relates to the blogosphere. It's like sending a survey out to 100,000 people and only recieving and analyzing twelve responses.

    I wonder, though, if she uses some of that same data in the Blogarians piece.

    By Blogger j, at 12:08 PM  

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