The Liblog Landscape 2007-2008 now available

The Liblog Landscape 2007-2008

The Liblog Landscape 2007-2008: A Lateral Look is now available!

This 285-page 6x9 trade paperback looks at 607 liblogs (nearly all English-language) and, for most of them, how they've changed from 2007 to 2008.

Eleven chapters consider the universe of liblogs (that is, blogs by "library people" as opposed to blogs from libraries):

  • Age, authorship, country of origin
  • Number of posts during a three-month period (and change in that number from 2007 to 2008)
  • Total word count and average post length (and change)
  • Total comments and comments per post (and change)
  • Total figures (illustrations) and figures per post (and change)
  • Patterns of change from 2007 to 2008
  • Correlations between pairs of metrics
  • A look at 143 blogs from 2006 through 2008
  • Interesting subgroups (national, authorship, type of librarian)
  • The visibility issue
  • Liblogs and the larger blogosphere

The final chapter, just over half the book, provides a brief objective description and available metrics for each blog. The book includes many tables and a fair number of graphs. There is an index of blogs and authors.

It's the most comprehensive look at liblogs ever done--and the only one I know of that shows how they're changing from year to year.

Earlybird Price

From now through January 15, 2009, and only from Lulu, The Liblog Landscape 2007-2008 is available for $22.50 plus shipping.

On January 16 or thereabouts, that price will go up to $35.00. If and when the book is available on Amazon, it will immediately sell for $35.00.

Want to know more?

You'll find a lot more about the book (or the process of creating it) by clicking on the "Liblog Landscape" category. Additionally, I plan to do a series of posts offering brief descriptions of each chapter, posing some puzzles and noting how often each blog appears in the index.

The best way to find out more, of course, is to order the book.

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you think you can appeal to my ego and the 606 other bloggers to sell more books? yeah, you're probably right.

Well, since the book specifically doesn't include qualitative evaluations of each blog--I don't offer my opinion or "star" certain blogs as being extra-special--I'm not being anywhere near as crafty as I should be.

Frankly, if I sold as many copies as there are blogs listed--or even close to that--I'd be delighted, also astonished, and would almost certainly continue the project. I'd also hope that some copies will sell to people who aren't in the book--at the very least, library schools. (But then, "at the very least, library schools" should have meant at least 46 copies sold of the Academic Library Blogs book, and the total's still shy of that number.)

I would have been criticized mercilessly if I hadn't provided a linked list of the blogs included. Even though posting that list on my own blog offers link love in some cases where I'd rather not do so... (not many, but there are a few).

I'm pretty sure I am not a library school but I do have that particular blogs book on the shelf here.
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You need to get faculty to request it. The Lulu probably isn't on any approval plan, is it?
I made an old-fashioned request through the LIS bibliographer. This becomes a special order, I think. So, maybe you should post this announcement at one of the LIS faculty discussion lists. I am not sure where all you post. I do think anyone who includes social networking would refer students.

I will now order a copy and have it sent to USF. Best of both worlds. The College can have it and I can stop by and read it too!

Is there someone specific to whom I should direct it to be shipped?

I asked the library to order, one. Aren't you in Pinellas? The USF_SP could use, I bet.

That is a good idea, a bit closer for me too.

I will have it shipped to me as I can't figure out how to get LuLu to ship it elsewhere without creating a pseudo-permanant delivery address. Then I will send it down to St.Pete campus library.

Eleven bucks shipping, geez. Oh well it is still cheaper than $35.

I can't actually finish the order in Opera. However in Firefox there is a cheaper shipping option.

Very odd

Mystery on mystery. I would have thought Lulu's site was fairly browser-independent.

Then again, it's been a long time since I tried Opera. It screwed up enough sites (back some years ago) that I went running back to IE. (Which I now use for one site that requires it and for some blogs that print more nicely there than in Firefox--99% of the time, I use Firefox.)

The podcast has stuff available through Lulu and On-Disk's site isn't as AJAX-rich as Lulu is. The printed materials and digital downloads are available at Lulu while discs are available through On-Disk. Such may not serve everybody in every browser, but I try to catch as many folks as possible.

The only browsers used on this end are Safari, Firefox, and Lynx.
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Really? I thought it was more like $5.25.

Or did you use something fancier than MediaMail? I never pay for expedited shipping with Lulu; the production cycle itself takes 2-4 days, and MediaMail rarely takes more than another 3-4 days (cross fingers). And, after all, Amazon's free shipping is MediaMail...

Sorry about the overpriced shipping, not that I can do anything about it.

It is about $5.

Since I'm not part of the ALISE world, I really don't know what the "LIS faculty discussion lists" are--and which ones would regard a simple publication announcement as something other than spam.

I posted this announcement on my own blog, here, on the C&I Update blog, and on Web4Lib and Publib. Unlike previous PoD books, I do plan to send out two or three review copies...eventually.

No, Lulu wouldn't be on any approval plans. Of more than a million published items, only a handful are library-related. For that matter, given the way Lulu operates, you'd have to pay extra to use an approval plan if there was one...

The JESSE list hosted on the UT-Knoxville listserv would be where many LIS faculty hang out.

If you want to talk about the book on LISTen, I am more than happy to oblige. Just use the contact details on the podcast page's masthead to get in touch.
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O, I thought you wanted to get the LIS schools alerted. I suppose, like me, there is someone from each school at PUBLIB. I know that if we want something outside of the approval plans we need to write up a request--as I did--for this book.

Oh, I'd love to have library schools aware of it, but I'm deathly afraid of "that's a sales pitch" feedback on a list I'm not normally part of. As you say, it seems likely that most LIS faculties would have someone monitoring PUBLIB. But I'll look at JESSE, and if there's a concise way I can mention it without seeming intrusive, I might do that.

Meanwhile, thanks, MD...

Actually, one of my earlier posts is off the mark: *Authors* would have to pay more if there were approval plans. I can't imagine how such plans would work with Lulu, anyway, since most items published there are really intended for tiny, tiny audiences--frequently just family & friends.