Thanks to those of you who added a link to your blog at the Academic Blog Portal or mentioned it in your blog. Last week I put out a call for all academic librarian bloggers to add their blog to a new wiki for academic blogs. I pointed out that it actually has a section for academic librarian blogs. For once we were not ignored or treated as the forgotten child of higher education. Initially I was a bit letdown that only a couple of bloggers, certainly no more than 15 or so, added their own blogs to the list of 10 or so I started the wiki section with. But things picked up later in the week and now there are at least 30 blogs there (although one is more of a library blog than a personal blog – but why be picky at this point). It would be nice to see wikipages, not just links, for all the blogs on the page.
I still have to believe there are more than 30 academic librarians blogging. There’s got to be hundreds of librarian blogs, and I would imagine that academic librarians represent more than just a small segment of the total. I recall that Michael Stephens did a blogger survey, and I believe he had some data to suggest there are lots of academic librarians blogging. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find the survey data at his blog.
Why bother adding your blog? For discovery – that’s why! I saw that a blog called Library Voice had been added to the portal. I had never come across this blog before. Its author is Chad F. Boeninger, Reference & Instruction Librarian, web manager, and Business & Economics Bibliographer at Ohio University. Within a few minutes of looking over Boeninger’s posts I came across one about a tutorial he created for Academic Search Premier. What a great discovery. I immediately contacted Boeninger to see if he might be open to sharing his Captivate file. Thank you Academic Blog Portal for leading me to it.
Just this morning I discoverd a blog called David’s Random Stuff by David Free, a Public Services Librarian at the Decatur Campus Library of Georgia Perimeter College. I’m going to add it – and others as I come across them – but please help build our area of the blog portal by adding your own personal or team blog or getting colleagues that are blogging to add to the Portal. SO, please do like the Geeky Artist Librarian and be sure to mention the new University Librarian Blog section of the Academic Blog Portal in your blog. Get the word out there.