May 28, 2022

Research Article: “Content Analysis Study of Librarian Blogs: Professional Development and Other Uses”

The following article appears in the February 2013 issue of First Monday.


Content Analysis Study of Librarian Blogs: Professional Development and Other Uses


Dr. Grace M. Jackson-Brown
Assistant Professor of Library Science, Missouri State University


First Monday
February 2013 (Vol. 18, No. 4)


A content analysis study of leading librarian blogs shows how blogs are used for professional development, political advocacy for libraries, research and other information dissemination uses. An examination of blog posts, comments, and blogger responses to reader comments show major areas of interaction. Unstructured interviews with librarian bloggers illuminate how these bloggers view the role of their blogs now and blogging into the future.

Bloggers Interviewed for This Article

  • Doug Johnson, “The Blue Skunk Blog
  • “David Lee King,” by David Lee King
  • “Information Wants to Be Free,” by Meredith Farkas
  • “Free Range Librarian,” by Karen G. Schneider
  • “Librarian in Black,” by Sarah Houghton–Jan
  • “Library Law Blog,” by Mary Minow and Peter Hirtle
  • “,” by Jessamyn West
  • “Library Bytes,” by Helen Blowers
  • “Phil Bradley’s Weblog,” by Phil Bradley
  • “The Shifted Librarian,” by Jenny Levin
  • “Stephen’s Lighthouse,” by Stephen Abram
  • “Tame the Web: Libraries, Technology and People,” by Michael Stephens

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About Gary Price

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