Top 25 Librarian Bloggers (By the Numbers)

At OEDb, we understand the importance of libraries to education and research, whether it be research for health, business, online accounting programs, education, real estate, online marketing programs or a wide number of other areas. In fact, we recently launched our own Library 2.0-themed blog, iLibrarian. Recently, our interest in the amount of blogs authored by librarians begged the question: which librarian bloggers have the biggest reach? With nowhere to turn to answer this question definitively, we thought it would be an interesting exercise to rank all of the biggest blogs by librarians.

In ranking the top librarian blogs, our goal was to show — using objective data from reliable sources — which blogs are the most popular, according to visitor traffic and site backlinks. To this end, we used data for these four metrics to calculate the rankings:

Top 25 (see complete methodology below)

Rank Site Google Alexa Technorati Bloglines Score
1 librarian.net 7 10 10 10 37
2 The Shifted Librarian 7 9 10 10 36
3 LibrarianInBlack 6 9 10 10 35
4 Free Range Librarian 6 9 10 10 35
5 Law Librarian Blog 6 10 9 8 33
6 A Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette 6 6 10 10 32
7 The Travelin’ Librarian 6 8 9 8 31
8 Walt at Random 6 7 9 9 31
9 Filipino Librarian 5 10 9 5 29
10 h20boro lib blog 6 8 7 7 28
11 InfoTangle 5 6 9 8 28
12 The Ubiquitous Librarian 5 5 8 9 27
13 Confessions of a Science Librarian 6 5 8 7 26
14 Libraryman 2 5 10 9 26
15 Google Librarian Central 7 8 0 10 25
16 The Days & Nights of the Lipstick Librarian 6 4 6 9 25
17 Vancouver Law Librarian Blog 6 4 8 7 25
18 Annoyed Librarian 5 3 8 8 24
19 Librarian 5 7 6 4 22
20 Connie Crosby 5 3 8 6 22
21 The Handheld Librarian 5 2 5 7 19
22 The Other Librarian 5 1 7 6 19
23 Laws.com Libraries 4 0 7 8 19
24 Jason the Content Librarian 3 6 7 1 17
25 The Krafty Librarian 4 0 7 6 17

Methodology

To begin, we found a set of Web sites that met a certain criteria. To become a member of the set of Web sites to be ranked, a Web site must, as of August 14, 2007:

  • be listed on the DMOZ page Library and Information Science : Weblogs and be a blog written by a librarian; or
  • be listed in the top 200 results for a Google search for librarian blog and be primarily a blog site; and
  • not be hosted on a subdomain of a domain whose purpose is not primarily related to a blog written by a librarian.

For each metric, a score was assigned on a 0–10 scale. For Google PageRank, raw PageRank data was scored. For Alexa Rank, Technorati Authority, and Bloglines Subscribers, the Web sites were broken up into deciles. If a Web site was in the 0>10% decile, a 1 was scored; for the 10>20% decile, a 2 was scored; and so on, up to a 10 being scored for the 90–100% decile. If no data was available, a 0 was scored.

The overall score for each Web site is the sum of the scores of the four metrics. In the event of a tie in overall score, the tie is broken according to the Alexa Rank raw data.

Raw Data for Entire Set

Rank Site Google Alexa Technorati Bloglines
1 librarian.net 7 394,859 2,158 4,679
2 The Shifted Librarian 7 524,421 653 56,588
3 LibrarianInBlack 6 439,153 434 3,786
4 Free Range Librarian 6 474,317 348 1,185
5 Law Librarian Blog 6 170,063 154 332
6 A Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette 6 2,026,168 172 965
7 The Travelin’ Librarian 6 1,130,884 111 340
8 Walt at Random 6 1,435,484 121 530
9 Filipino Librarian 5 370,137 110 88
10 h20boro lib blog 6 819,280 51 159
11 InfoTangle 5 1,606,542 124 349
12 The Ubiquitous Librarian 5 3,451,634 84 648
13 Confessions of a Science Librarian 6 2,789,861 107 252
14 Libraryman 2 3,325,619 434 549
15 Google Librarian Central 7 542,721 0 1,183
16 The Days & Nights of the Lipstick Librarian 6 3,523,595 36 527
17 Vancouver Law Librarian Blog 6 3,616,489 107 173
18 Annoyed Librarian 5 3,780,707 94 525
19 Librarian 5 1,435,484 39 73
20 Connie Crosby 5 4,202,406 68 135
21 The Handheld Librarian 5 6,559,150 19 238
22 The Other Librarian 5 7,808,493 42 129
23 Laws.com Libraries 4 N/A 53 256
24 Jason the Content Librarian 3 2,100,836 52 19
25 The Krafty Librarian 4 N/A 52 110
26 teenlibrarian 5 N/A 19 193
27 MotherReader 4 N/A 62 133
28 The Cool Librarian 4 N/A 39 110
29 A Librarian At The Kitchen Table 5 N/A 23 97
30 hiplibrariansbookblog 5 N/A 18 87
31 Feel-good Librarian 5 N/A 0 718
32 Theoretical Librarian 5 N/A 3 121
33 OA Librarian 6 N/A 0 313
34 The Illustrated Librarian 4 6,215,400 4 45
35 Travels with the State Librarian 5 N/A 9 56
36 Hyperactive Librarian 5 N/A 14 44
37 OPL Plus 5 8,420,796 0 142
38 Union Librarian 5 N/A 19 31
39 Becoming a Librarian 3 N/A 24 47
40 CogSci Librarian 4 3,636,866 0 86
41 News from Nancy, State Librarian of Michigan 4 N/A 12 37
42 Librarian on the edge 6 N/A 6 22
43 The Patent Librarian’s Notebook 5 7,575,222 0 55
44 Information Literacy Librarian 4 N/A 2 36
45 Connecting Librarian 5 N/A 109
46 Bad Girl Librarian 5 N/A 3 26
47 Spartanburg County Public Libraries 4 N/A 2 29
48 Virtual Library Cat’s Eye View 4 N/A 4 11
49 baa baa… blog of a craftylibrarian 4 4,381,539 0 33
50 The Itinerant Poetry Libriarian 2 N/A 14 4
51 The Rabid Librarian’s Ravings in the Wind 5 N/A 0 28
52 The Indie Librarian 4 N/A 0 37
53 Grassroots Librarian 3 N/A 3 5
54 Strategic Librarian 0 N/A 0 77
55 Library Science, not Rocket Science 2 N/A 0 0