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Presentation given on April 18, 2012 for the Promotion & Tenure Brown Bag Lecture Series at the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University Bloomington.

Presentation given on April 18, 2012 for the Promotion & Tenure Brown Bag Lecture Series at the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University Bloomington.

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    Scholars in the Blogosphere Scholars in the Blogosphere Presentation Transcript

    • SCHOLARS IN THEBLOGOSPHERE CAROLYN.HANK@MCGILL.CA Assistant Professor ▪ School of Information Studies P&T BROWN BAG LECTURE SERIES ▪ 18 APR 2012 ▪ SLIS ▪ IUB
    • BLOG Questionnaires Interviews BLOGGER Blog Analysis03 | xx units & data sources research questions
    • History| Economics | Law | BioChemPhys ACADEMIC BLOG PORTAL <http://www.academicblogs.org>06 | xx population blogs
    • 1. PUBLICLY AVAILABLE2. PUBLISHED IN ENGLISH3. KNOWLEDGE OR PERSONAL BLOG4. TIME-STAMPED POSTS5. ACTIVELY PUBLISHED TO6. AT LEAST 1 YEAR OLD7. PERSONAL IDENTIFIERS (RE: AUTHORSHIP)8. AUTHORED BY 1 OR MORE “SCHOLARS”06 | xx blog eligibility population
    • 8a. [CO-BLOGS] POSTED W/IN 1 MONTH8b. [CO-BLOGS] MEETS SCHOLAR CRITERIA9. [ALL BLOGS] BLOGGER CONTACT INFO blogger eligibility
    • part 1
    • History| Economics | Law | BioChemPhys (29%) 125 Single-Blogs | 63 Co-Blogs06 | xx eligible blogs (N=644) population
    • 107 Single-Bloggers | 187 Co-Bloggers eligible bloggers
    • RR 1: QI: 63% | QII: 46% | QI/II: 52% Completed sample: 153 respondentsOutcome rates derived from Internet surveys of specifically named personsfrom the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR, 2009) questionnaires (N=294)
    • 24 semi-structured phone interviews72 (47%) of QI & QII respondents expressed interest interviews
    • Coded 93 blogs Authorship Attributes Blog Elements & Features57 to 63 Indicators Rights & Disclaimers Authority & Audience (on/off blog) Blog Publishing Activity Post Features Archiving blog analysis (SR: 49.5%)
    • results
    • OCCUPATION % post-secondary institution BLOGGER
    • OCCUPATIONDistinguished/ Chaired Prof. Professor/ Full Prof. + % (n=58) BLOGGER
    • AGE years mean real age (range 25 to 70 years old) BLOGGER
    • AGE years mean professional age (range 0 to 39 years) BLOGGER
    • ESTABLISHED PUBLICATION AND SERVICE HISTORYBLOGGER
    • IDENTITY 84 % 8% 13% Real name | Both | PseudonymBLOG
    • BLOG AGE years mean blog age (57% between 5 to 8 years old)BLOG
    • BLOG HISTORY % first blog published to BLOGGER
    • BLOG INSTANCES % publish to 2 or more blogs BLOGGER
    • BLOGGING OVER TIME About the same 35% Somewhat less 25% A lot less 17% Somewhat more 14% A lot more 8% BLOGGER
    • MICROBLOGGING % do not tweet BLOGGER
    • POSTING % make all of their posts publicly available BLOGGER
    • POSTING % update their blog 1+ times per week BLOGGER
    • POSTING % published a new post within the previous weekBLOG
    • POSTING posts Average posts per month (range 1 to 324)BLOG
    • PRIMARY AUDIENCE Everyone else 8% students, family, friends, others General public 32% Colleagues and 61% professional peers 0% 100% BLOGGER
    • SCHOLARSHIP Public 100% Allows use andScholarly exchange 94% record 80% Subject to critical review 68% 66% agree with all three criteria Association of Research Libraries (1986). Braxton, J.M., Luckey, W., BLOGGER & Helland, P. (2002).
    • INVITATIONS % … to present BLOGGER
    • INVITATIONS % … to collaborate BLOGGER
    • INVITATIONS % … to serve BLOGGER
    • INVITATIONS % … to publish BLOGGER
    • SCHOLARY LIFE PROMOTION GREATER VISIBILITY WORK ENJOYMENT TEACHING QUALITY SHARING PRE-PUBS IMPROVED WRITING EFFICIENCY NEITHER WRITING QUALITY IMPAIRED RESEARCH QUALITY RESEARCH CREATIVITYRESEARCH PRODUCTIVITY 0% 20% 40% 60% 80% 100% BLOGGER
    • ENGAGEMENT % employ a post commenting feature BLOGGER
    • ENGAGEMENT % respond to comments BLOGGER
    • COMMENTS % of most recent posts had zero commentsBLOG
    • COMMENTS 2009 45% 40% 35% 30%POSTS 25% 20% 15% 10% 5% 0% 0 1 2-3 4-5 6-10 11-19 ≥ 20 COMMENTSBLOG
    • COMMENTS So looked at earlier postsBLOG
    • RIGHTS & USE Copyright Statement (n=34) Creative Commons (n=13) % no rights or use statements at blog or post levelBLOG
    • DISCLAIMERS Own opinion Notresponsible Advice % have an explicit or implicit disclaimer-style statementBLOG
    • COMMENT POLICYModeration Tone & languageCopyright & licenses % have an explicit or implicit comment policy or guidelinesBLOG
    • EDITING Spelling/ Grammar Rephrasing Incorrect InfoPublished before % ready edit posts after publication BLOGGER
    • … only 2 blogs includeda policy or statementBLOG
    • DELETING Duplicate Post“Post Regret”Too sensitive or revealing % delete posts after publication BLOGGER
    • PRESERVATION % Agree preservation for public access & useinto the indefinite future (strongly or somewhat) BLOGGER
    • PRESERVATION Personal access/use 16% Short-term future Public access/use 19% Short-term future Personal access/use 76% Indefinite future Public access/use 80% Indefinite future 0% 100% BLOGGER
    • SAVING % Purposefully save entire blog via an archiving service or independently BLOGGER
    • SAVING Export tools Personal back-upsDocument/text files Via syndication services % Purposefully save some blog components BLOGGER
    • if?What
    • SADNESS RELIEF DOUBT ANGER C’EST LA VIE
    • Pretty bad. Devastated, both emotionally and professionally. Very sad.SADNESS RELIEF DOUBT ANGER C’EST LA VIE
    • I’d do something drastic [in response]. Mad as hell. Pretty peeved. Angry & upset.SADNESS RELIEF DOUBT ANGER C’EST LA VIE
    • I don’t have to do it anymore. I get half an hour of my life back.SADNESS RELIEF DOUBT ANGER C’EST LA VIE
    • Probably have a drink & forget about it. Not welcomed but not tragic … I’d get over it. Pour another cup of coffee & get Drop out … back to work. until something else comes along.SADNESS RELIEF DOUBT ANGER C’EST LA VIE
    • It would take an extreme catastrophe. How would that happen?SADNESS RELIEF DOUBT ANGER C’EST LA VIE
    • PRESERVATION PRIORITY Works-in- progress Scientific & Book Scholarly Reviews Research Books Books Traditional Books Peer- Publications Books Reviewed DissertationsLaw review Published Publications & Theses articles Papers Peer- Self- Class Published Reviewed Lab Publications Blogs Papers Publications Notebooks Select Journal Blog Posts Filter Pedagogical Monographs articles Research & Tools Books Blogs Informal Blogs Journal Teaching Journal Publications Filter articles materials Teaching articles Blogs Blogs Blogs Blogs Journal materials Blogs Blogs Blogs Email articles Journal Blogs articles Journal Journal Personnel Blogs Blogs articles articles Communications Blogs HIGHER LOWER
    • BLOG DELETION % have deleted a blog BLOGGER PERCEPTIONS
    • 100%90%80%70% Blogger Co-Author(s)60% Provider/Host/Network50% Search Engine Public Trust40%30%20% RESPONSIBILITY CAPABILITY BLOGGER PERCEPTIONS preservation
    • 100%90%80% Blogger Co-Author(s)70% Provider/Host/Network60% Search Engine50% Public Trust40% Natl Library30% Natl Archive20% Instl Library Instl Archive10% Instl IT Dept 0% RESPONSIBILITY CAPABILITY BLOGGER PERCEPTIONS preservation
    • Better things to do Personal responsibilityPersonal communications Bad experienceBLOGGER PERCEPTIONS
    • first line of defense
    • first line of defense
    • final line of defense
    • part 2 … or, what’s next
    • 1. PUBLICLY AVAILABLE2. PUBLISHED IN ENGLISH3. KNOWLEDGE OR PERSONAL BLOG4. TIME-STAMPED POSTS5. ACTIVELY PUBLISHED TO6. AT LEAST 1 YEAR OLD7. PERSONAL IDENTIFIERS (RE: AUTHORSHIP)8. AUTHORED BY 1 OR MORE “SCHOLARS”BLOG
    • AVAILABLE BUT INACTIVENot activelypublished to in previous 3 months (n=156) % left no message behind on where they went or if they would be backBLOG
    • DEAR JOHN … THE BLOG BREAK-UP POSTBLOG
    • THE BIBLIOBLOGOSPHEREA Comparison of Communicationand Preservation Perceptions and Practices between Blogging LIS Scholar-Practitioners and LIS Scholar-Researchers Awarded 2012 OCLC/ALISE LIS Research Grant (Co-PI: Dr. Cassidy Sugimoto, Indiana-Bloomington)
    • THANK YOUCAROLYN HANKEmail: carolyn.hank@mcgill.caPhone: (001)514.398.4684Slideshare: http://www.slideshare.net/carolynhank/Slideshow: QUESTIONS?