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(July 2011) One Less "To-Do:" Perceptions on the Role of Archives and Libraries in the Preserving Scholars' Blogs

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Archival Educators Research Institute (AERI)
July 12, 2011, Boston, MA

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The neologisms, bloggership and blogademia, have emerged in recent years, reflecting the adoption of blogs as channels for scholarly communication; the former in reference to legal scholarship blogs, or blawgs, and the latter to blogs across disciplines. This presentation reports select findings from a descriptive study of scholars who blog in the areas of history, economics, law, biology, chemistry and physics. The study examined scholars’ attitudes and perceptions of their blogs in relation to the system of scholarly communication, their preferences for digital preservation, and their respective blog publishing behaviors and blog characteristics influencing preservation action. Drawing from 153 questionnaires, 24 interviews, and content analysis of 93 blogs, this presentation will provide a focused analysis of findings related to preservation preferences. Results from the questionnaire portion of the study show that scholars who blog are generally interested in blog preservation with a strong sense of personal responsibility. Most feel their blogs should be preserved for both personal and public access and use into the indefinite, rather than short-term, future. Respondents identify themselves as most responsible for blog preservation. Concerning capability, they perceive blog service providers, hosts, and networks as most capable. National and institutional-based libraries and archives, as well as institutional IT departments, are perceived as least responsible and least capable for preservation of scholars’ respective blogs. During the subsequent interview portion of the study, participants did not dismiss the value of these organizations. If anything, for some, it is exactly this value that contributes to perceptions of libraries and archives’ low responsibility and capability. This presentation will conclude by offering implications from these findings on the potential role, or lack of role, for archives and libraries in the preservation of scholars’ blogs.

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  • 1. ONE LESS “TO-DO”PERCEPTIONS ON THE ROLE OFARCHIVES AND LIBRARIES INPRESERVING SCHOLARS’ BLOGS CAROLYN.HANK@MCGILL.CA Assistant Professor ▪ School of Information Studies AERI INSTITUTE 2011 ▪ JULY 12 ▪ BOSTON, US
  • 2. How do scholars who blog perceive their blog in relation to their cumulative scholarly record?02 | 25 research questions
  • 3. How do scholars who blog perceive their blog in relation to long-term stewardship? Who do they perceive as responsible as well as capable for blog preservation?03 | 25 research questions
  • 4. What blog characteristics impact preservation? What blogger behaviours impact preservation?03 | 25 research questions
  • 5. BLOG Questionnaires Interviews BLOGGER Blog Analysis05 2503 | xx units & data sources research questions
  • 6. Purposive Sampling Academic Blog Portal <http://www.academicblogs.org>06 | 25 population
  • 7. History| Economics | Law | BioChemPhys (29%) 125 Single-Blogs | 65 Co-Blogs07 2506 | xx eligible blogs population
  • 8. 107 Single-Bloggers | 187 Co-Bloggers08 | 25 eligible bloggers
  • 9. RR 1: QI: 63% | QII: 46% | QI/II: 52% Completed sample: 153 respondentsOutcome rates derived from Internet surveys of specifically named persons fromthe American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR, 2009) 09 | 25 questionnaires
  • 10. 24 semi-structured phone interviews 72 (47%) of QI & QII respondents expressed interest10 | 25 interviews
  • 11. Coded 93 blogs Authorship Attributes Blog Elements & Features Rights & Disclaimers57 to 63 Indicators Authority & Audience (on/off blog) Blog Publishing Activity Post Features Archiving11 | 25 blog analysis
  • 12. results
  • 13. public 100% allows use and exchange 94% part of the scholarly record 80% subject to critical review 68%Association of Research Libraries (1986). Braxton, J.M., Luckey, W., & Helland, P. (2002). 13 | 25 scholarship
  • 14. Personal access/use 16% Short-term future Personal access/use 19% Short-term future Personal access/use 76% Indefinite future Public access/use 80% Indefinite future 0% 100%14 | 25 preservation
  • 15. 15 | 25 preservation
  • 16. 16 | 25 preservation
  • 17. hmm… 17/48
  • 18. Better things to do Personal responsibility Personal communications Bad experience05 || 3518 25 perceptions on roles RESEARCH DESIGN
  • 19. first line of defense
  • 20. first line of defense
  • 21. final line of defense
  • 22. “Let theconversationbegin.” Borgman, C.L. (2007). Scholarship in the digital age: Information, infrastructure and the Internet. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.22 | 25 next steps
  • 23. THANKS TO …Dr. Helen R. TibboDr. Lynn Silipigni ConnawayDr. Jeffrey PomerantzPaul JonesDr. Richard MarcianoDr. Cal LeeDr. Deborah Barreau
  • 24. THANKS FOR …Beta Phi Mu 2010 Eugene Garfield DoctoralDissertation FellowshipInstitute of Museum and Library Services(IMLS)School of Library and Information Science,University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 25. … AND THANK YOUCAROLYN HANKEmail: carolyn.hank@mcgill.caPhone: 514.398.4684Web: http://ils.unc.edu/~hcarolynSlideshow: QUESTIONS?

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