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Top 25 Librarian Bloggers?

Sep - 6 - 2007
Nicole C. Engard

The Online Education Database has an article listing who they objectively think the top 25 librarian bloggers are. Now this is nice and all – but I have to disagree with their methodology – and not because I’m not on the list ;)

To begin, we found a set of Web sites that met a certain criteria. To become a member of the set of Web sites to be ranked, a Web site must, as of August 14, 2007:

  • be listed on the DMOZ page Library and Information Science : Weblogs and be a blog written by a librarian; or
  • be listed in the top 200 results for a Google search for librarian blog and be primarily a blog site; and
  • not be hosted on a subdomain of a domain whose purpose is not primarily related to a blog written by a librarian.

Where is Tame the Web and Information Wants to Be Free and ResourceShelf (which I guess isn’t a librarian blog really … but still).

The problem is that by searching for solely “librarian blog” you miss all kinds of great blogs by librarians about libraries. If you do a search for “librar* and blog” (without the quotes) you get a totally different set of results and once again if you do this “librar* and blog*” (without the quotes) it’s another set of results.

Now, I’m not really trying to get the best list of results (it’s almost time to go home and I’m in a hurry) but I guess this just goes to show you that you need a librarian to do the search for you :)

All that said, this is a good list and there were a few on there that I had never heard of – so I guess I’ll have to go check them out.

5 Responses so far.

  1. Jonathan says:

    “I guess this just goes to show you that you need a librarian to do the search for you”

    Well said.

    My thought when I saw their criteria about DMOZ was, who uses DMOZ anymore?

  2. Nicole says:

    Also a good point!

  3. steveb says:

    hi nicole. i read your post and have to agree about the flawed ranking methodology (actually pretty ridiculous) – especially the search for “librarian blog” in google. I wondered where Kept-Up Academic Librarian would show up – well it doesn’t – at least not on the first 10 or 20 pages. But CoolLibrarian is on the first page. I then did a LINK: command search on both blogs. KUAL has over 700 sites linking to it, while Cool Librarian has a mere 133 sites linking to it. Which one sounds like it’s more popular to you? but coolibrarian is a “blogger” blog – so “blog” is in the URL – twice actually – and it has the word blog in the navigation. KUAL on the other hand doesn’t even mention the word blog anywhere on the site – and it’s on typepad. Flawed indeed. That’s why I think rankings are a bad idea and should be ignored – unless they are supremely quantitative – like baseball players’ batting averages.

  4. Nicole says:

    Steve, thanks for checking! I didn’t have time to do a search and poke around, but I’m glad that you found those results.

  5. [...] they’re not in the DMOZ listing. They also did a search in Google for ‘librarian blog’ which as one commentator has pointed out is a pretty silly and poor search. Maybe they should have asked a librarian to come [...]


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