So what do the numbers say?

As usual, my final post for #blogjune is going to look at my blog stats for the past month to see if anyone’s actually read any of my posts. The data will come from a couple of sources – the stats plugin on the blog, my web host, and Google Analytics. Hopefully they’ll be pretty similar.

Firstly, the most-viewed post was So what does a health librarian need to know, followed by So what’s changed since #blogjune last year. These were posts from earlier in the month, so I guess it’s not surprising that they’re at the top. It seems that either Wednesday or Thursday was the most popular day for people to visit the blog (depending on which source you use). The various sources also differed on where these visitors were from – one had the top three countries for visitors being Australia, the US and New Zealand, while another listed them as the US, Australia and France, while the final one had Australia, Bangladesh and Germany as the top three.

Continuing the trend from the last couple of years, Firefox was the most popular browser, followed by Chrome, then Internet Explorer. The mobile browser (Android and iOS) percentage has continued to increase – about 6% this year compared to about 4% last year. Also following the trend from last year is a drop in the total number of views for the month compared to June last year.

So that’s it for another year of #blogjune. I’ll probably be back next year, hopefully with a bit more of a plan and focus for what I’m going to write about.

What I got out of #blogjune this year

For me the main theme that came out of this year’s #blogjune was the future of the Australian biblioblogosphere. There were some posts looking back to try and discover the “golden age” of library blogging (Hugh, Kate), and then others trying to figure out what the future may hold for library blogging in Australia (Kate, Stephanie). I don’t really have much to add to these; I agree that there did seem to be period where blogging was more prevalent than it is now, and I think that there is still a place for blogging in the professional discourse of the Australian LIS industry. It looks like the League of Librarians (or some sort of collaborative blogging venture) is ready to go!

Some of the discussion early this month regarding impostor syndrome also hit home for me. I think I was (perhaps still am?) guilty of thinking that because I have a blog I need to be posting about the “big issues” in the profession. I related to Sally’s post where she says:

Maybe I’m just not cut out to write certain types of posts. It’s mostly the strong opinion, kind-of-ranty posts that I struggle with. I don’t really understand why I feel driven to publish them at all, when I find them so difficult. Do I feel like it’s expected, in order to be taken seriously?

Sometimes I do try and tackle the big issues, but never usually in great depth or as a way of starting a conversation – I’m usually responding to someone else’s brilliantly written post on the subject. I toyed briefly with the idea of setting up a separate blog which I would use for “professional” content and leave this one for the personal stuff. But then I thought of a different approach, and it’s one that I’m going to try to stick to from now on. I’m going to try to comment on blogs more often, instead of writing a short post on the topic. Every now and then I might need to write a post if I have a lot to say, but mostly I’ll be keeping the discussion on the original post.

I have found it harder to come up with posts for #blogjune this year than in previous years, but I’ll get there. A lot of the posts were a result of having to write something instead of wanting to write something. Tomorrow’s post will be my usual wrap-up of the statistics for the blog during June. It will be interesting to see how this year compares to previous years.

A night at the drive-in

We’ve just got home after going to the drive-in to see Minions. It was a bit chillier than when we saw The Lego Movie last year, but we were prepared with our parkas, beanies and blankets. Compared to the last time we went, there were certainly less people sitting outside like we were – most of them stayed in their cars. The boys loved the movie (as we’d expected) and I thought it was OK but not great. We had planned to head to the Australian Museum today to take advantage of their “Free for all” weekend, but Tom has been sick the last couple of days, so we decided to take it easy at home instead. I like going to the drive-in – I didn’t go when I was  kid, and it’s nice to take the boys so they can experience it. It’s cheaper than going to the cinema too – it only costs us $25 for the four of us, and we take our own food. I’m sure this won’t be the last time we go there this year.

Getting back into text correcting on Trove

I’ve mentioned previously that I’ve done some text correcting of the digitised newspapers on Trove. It’s been a year since I’ve done any though, and I got back into it with a modest 49 lines today. I thought that my new focus will be on the articles which mention the original Children’s Hospital in Sydney, the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children which was located at Camperdown. We’re celebrating 20 years this year since the hospital moved to Westmead, so I thought it would be timely to work on these articles. I’ve done the articles from the 1960’s (there were only two) and will move backwards until I get to the 1900’s. I’m hoping that these articles won’t be as repetitive as the one’s I was working on before (on Victoria Cross winners), and I can learn a bit about the history of the hospital, too.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer in the medical literature

As requested by Teresa, the subject for this week’s search for pop culture icons in the medical literature is Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It appears that there is a gap in the literature on this topic, as I couldn’t find many articles at all. The ones I did find weren’t strictly medical in their focus, but were from the psychology/sociology/cognitive science fields. The one that deals with Buffy most directly is “Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Xena: Warrior Princess: reception of the texts by a sample of lesbian fans and web site users” (it looks like the article is freely available). The other couple that I thought were most relevant didn’t feature Buffy as the main topic of the paper, but did use the show as part of their methodology. The first one uses scenes from Buffy as part of an experiment on gender recognition. The second mentions Buffy as an example of a TV show from the late 1990’s/early 2000’s which introduced a gay or lesbian character into the cast.

I’ve enjoyed these searches over the last couple of weeks, and I may continue this theme for an occasional Friday post, but probably not a regular basis. I’m always happy to take suggestions for shows/characters/movies to use as a subject.

I’ve got nuthin’

Today is my “I can’t think of anything to write about so my post is about the fact that I won’t be doing a post” post. Tomorrow will be the last in my Friday series of posts looking at pop culture icons in the medical literature, and the subject will be Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I wonder how many references I’ll find.

Done and dusted

I’ve just submitted the final assignment for the Health Librarianship Essentials course that I’ve been studying for the last couple of months. I’ve done OK on the first two, so hopefully I’ll do the same for this one. It was nice to cross that off the to-do list. I think that’s got the study bug out of my system for a while. I found it a bit hard to find the time to study, so I don’t think I’m ready for any further study at the moment. Maybe in a few months I’ll be looking for something to do.

I also renewed my ALIA membership today, so it’s a been a day for getting things done.

Patrons in the driving seat

I mentioned in yesterday’s very brief post that my library has made a decision to go ahead with purchasing some e-books using a patron-driven acquisition (PDA) model. This model is a fairly recent innovation in the e-book market, and it’s one that I really like. Each vendor may have slight variations on it, but the basic concept is this:

1. The library decides on the e-book titles that it wants to offer to its patrons

2. The e-book vendor supplies catalogue records to the library for no charge

3. Patrons can access the e-books via the catalogue

4. After a book has been accessed a certain number of times, the library purchases the e-book

I think this model provides great flexibility for libraries to offer e-books to their patrons. When e-books were first sold to libraries they were usually in packages, so libraries were purchasing a whole bunch of titles which might never get used – we had to guess which titles our patrons would find useful. With the PDA model, however, it is usage which drives the purchase of the books. Some vendors allow the books to be issued on a short-term loan a set number of times (with each loan costing a percentage of the purchase price), with subsequent usage triggering a purchase. It is usually possible to place a price cap on titles which are purchased automatically, with expensive titles having to be approved by library staff. Libraries can also allocate a set amount of money to be used for purchases e.g. $3,000; this can be automatically topped up when funds start to run low (a bit like an e-tag for road tolls or the Opal card in Sydney).

We’re still in the early stages of working with our e-book vendor on setting this up, but I think it’s going to be something that our patrons will appreciate.

A blast from the past at bedtime

Tonight was a night of nostalgia during the boys’ bedtime. We read them two stories – one from the Noddy series, and another from the Mr Men series (Mr Bump, in case you were wondering). The Noddy books were mine when I was younger, and it’s nice seeing them enjoy listening to them. I had a few Mr Men books too as a kid, but the ones we’ve got are recent purchases.

We’ve onto book 20 out of 24 of the Noddy series. I’m not sure what we’ll move onto after that – maybe some of the Choose Your Own Adventure books that I used to read. We might need to choose them carefully, though – the last time I read one of those to the boys, Thomas had a nightmare about it. It was about green slime which swallows up everything in its path, so I suppose it was a bit scary for a kid. In my defence, though, I think Thomas chose it.

Both boys enjoy books and reading (although Blake memorises and recites, rather than reads). I think they’ll be ready for my Famous Five and Secret Seven hand-me-downs soon.