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BlogBib: Studies on Blogging

Part 7 of BlogBib, An Annotated Bibliography on Weblogs and Blogging, with a Focus on Library/Librarian Blogs...

I'm Susan Herzog, Information Literacy Librarian @ Eastern Connecticut State University. This blog is part of my BlogBib, submitted to The Reference Librarian.

Part 1: Definitions & History
Part 2: Articles & Interviews About Blogs

Part 3: BlogBib: Blogging @Your Library
Part 4: BlogBib: Blogging Tools
Part 5: BlogBib: Select Librarian/Library Blogs
Part 6: BlogBib: Books on Blogging
Part 8: BlogBib: Presentations on Blogging

Clyde, Laurel A. “Library weblogs.” Library Management 25, no. 4/5 (2004); 183-189.

Professor and Chair of the Library and Information Science Department at the University of Iceland, Reykjavík, where she teaches courses related to information technology in libraries and information agencies, Clyde is the most prolific European writer and presenter on blogging and libraries. This study of fifty-five weblogs, maintained by libraries, in late 2003, found library blogs in only three countries, with the vast majority in the USA. “Public and academic libraries were more likely to have a weblog than other types of libraries. The most common aim or purpose was to provide news, information and links to Internet resources for library users. Few provided interactive facilities, and when provided, there was little evidence that the facilities were used to any extent. Only one-fifth of the weblogs had been updated within the past day and only half within the previous week. Less than half provided an RSS feed. Given the small number of library weblogs in the study, the question of ‘why so few?’ is discussed. Finally, the article addresses the implications of the findings for library managers.”

Efimova, Lilia and Stephanie Hendrick. “In Search For A Virtual Settlement: An Exploration Of Weblog Community Boundaries.” https://doc.telin.nl/dscgi/ds.py/Get/File-46041.

Efimova, Telematica Insituut, The Netherlands, and Hendrick, The Department of Modern Languages, Umeå University, Sweden, present “a pilot study where a social network analysis of links between weblogs is used to identify a community of knowledge management bloggers….The purpose of this paper is to get an insight into methods of finding ‘life between buildings’: virtual settlements where weblog communities may reside.”

Henning, Jeffrey. “The Blogging Iceberg: Of 4.12 Million Hosted Weblogs, Most Little Seen, Quickly Abandoned.” http://www.perseus.com/blogsurvey/.

Henning, COO, Perseus Development Corporation, presents demographic findings of the Perseus Blog Survey, including a forecast of the future of blogging. “For the BloggerCon 2003 conference at the Berkman Center of Harvard Law School, Perseus randomly surveyed 3,634 blogs on eight leading blog-hosting services to develop a model of blog populations.”

Herring, Susan, Lois Ann Scheidt, Sabrina Bonus, and Elijah Wright. "Bridging the Gap: A Genre Analysis of Weblogs." Proceedings of the 37th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS'04) - Track 4 (January 05-08, 2004): 40101b. http://csdl.computer.org/comp/proceedings/hicss/2004/2056/04/

Herring, Scheidt, Bonus and Wright, School of Library and Information Science, Indiana University, Bloomington, wrote a paper which "presents the results of a content analysis of 203 randomly-selected weblogs, comparing the empirically observable features of the corpus with popular claims about the nature of weblogs, and finding them to differ in a number of respects. Notably, blog authors, journalists and scholars alike exaggerate the extent to which blogs are interlinked, interactive, and oriented towards external events, and underestimate the importance of blogs as individualistic, intimate forms of self-expression. Based on the profile generated by the empirical analysis, we consider the likely antecedents of the blog genre, situate it with respect to the dominant forms of digital communication on the Internet today, and advance predictions about its long-term impacts."

Lenhart, Amanda, John Horrigan, and Deborah Fallows. “Content Creation Online.” http://www.pewinternet.org/pdfs/PIP_Content_Creation_Report.pdf.

Lenhart, Horrigan, and Fallows, Senior Research Fellows, Pew Internet & American Life Project, elaborate on their phone survey findings that 2% of online users “maintain Web diaries or Web blogs….In other phone surveys prior to this one, and one more recently fielded in early 2004, we have heard that between 2% and 7% of adult Internet users have created diaries or blogs. In this survey we found that 11% of Internet users have read the blogs or diaries of other Internet users. About a third of these blog visitors have posted material to the blog.”

Nardi, Bonnie, Diane Schiano, and Michelle Gumbrecht. "Blogging as Social Activity, or, Would You Let 900 Million People Read Your Diary?" Proceedings of Computer Supported Cooperative Work 2004. Chicago: ACM, November 6-10, 2004. http://home.comcast.net/~diane.schiano/CSCW04.Blog.pdf.

Nardi, University of California, Irvine, and Schiano and Gumbrecht, Stanford University, report the results of their ethnographic study of blogging, "focusing on blogs written by individuals or small groups, with limited audiences". They investigate "the motivations for blogging, the quality of social interactivity that characterized the blogs we studied, and relationships to the blogger’s audience. We consider the way bloggers related to the known audience of their personal social networks as well as the wider 'blogosphere' of unknown readers. We then make design recommendations for blogging software based on these findings."

Viégas, Fernanda. “Blog Survey: Expectations of Privacy and Accountability.” 2004. http://web.media.mit.edu/~fviegas/survey/blog/results.htm.

Viégas, PhD candidate, Sociable Media Group, MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, reports the “findings from an online survey, conducted between January 14th and January 21st, 2004. During that time, 486 respondents answered questions about their blogging practices and their expectations of privacy and accountability for the entries they publish online.”

Part 1: BlogBib: Definitions & History

Part 8: BlogBib: Presentations on Blogging

Resources to recommend? Broken links? Please E-mail Susan.