At OEDb, we understand the importance of libraries to education and research, whether it be research for health, business, the best 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)
|2||The Shifted Librarian||7||9||10||10||36|
|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|
|10||h20boro lib blog||6||8||7||7||28|
|12||The Ubiquitous Librarian||5||5||8||9||27|
|13||Confessions of a Science Librarian||6||5||8||7||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|
|21||The Handheld Librarian||5||2||5||7||19|
|22||The Other Librarian||5||1||7||6||19|
|23||Alternative Teen Services||4||0||7||8||19|
|24||Jason the Content Librarian||3||6||7||1||17|
|25||The Krafty Librarian||4||0||7||6||17|
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.