The last time I did this was in December 2011's Top 12 library blog posts I am proudest of and covered the first 3 years of this blog, so this post will cover the period from 2012-2015.
Of the 80 odd posts since these are the ones I am happiest with.
Libraries and Trello - How are librarians using it? (November 2015)
Written in 2012, I wrote about the rise of sites like Mendeley that I described as "Facebook for researchers"
Back then I predicted they would start to occupy and then dominate a central part of the scholarly communication ecosystem and disrupt the following areas.
- Discovery - Users would start to prefer searching in them for discovery purposes (partly due to superb recommender systems possible by capturing tons of user data)
- AuthorIDs - Users would prefer research profiles to other author unique IDs
- Analytics - Due to the capacity audience they gained, they would have a host of user analytics that could be used for their own benefit.
The day library discovery died - 2035 (September 2013)
This piece of fiction describes one of four possible fates I expect might happen in Four possible Web Scale Discovery Future Scenarios (Dec 2014).
- Searching for review articles, literature reviews and more in Summon & Google Scholar (July 2012)
- How are discovery systems similar to Google? How are they different? (April 2013)
ConclusionThese 10 articles I think is a fair representation of my most read articles from 2012-2015. Half of them relate to the issue of discovery, both library and commercial systems and this perhaps fairly reflects my obsession at the time.
Towards the later part of the period, perhaps disillusioned by the growing belief that in the long run libraries will be slowly pushed out of the discovery business, I began interested in open access and also started to play trend spotter or strategist with a couple of "strategy" management articles.
What I will be interested next is anyone's guess, though I believe that article and book discovery while not a 100% solved issue is increasingly becoming easier, and the next challenge that awaits us is the handling of data.
Some people have asked me, how much time I spend on my blog posts and one even perhaps not too kindly suggested that blogging was my job.
In all seriousness, I really can't honestly tell you how much time I have spent on my blog. With over 216 posts in all since I started blogging in 2008 and at a conservative 5 hours per post (including editing), I have easily spent over 1,000 hours blogging, mostly during weekends, often after work on weekdays. Add in the time researching and thinking it could be between 3,000 to 5,000 hours in the last 8 years.
Will I stop one day? My average posting rate per year is trending down in a somewhat predictable fashion.
2009 - 4.0 per month
2010 - 4.0 per month
2011 - 3.1 per month
2012 - 2.9 per month
2013 - 1.7 per month
2014 - 1.3 per month
2015 - 1.0 per month
Most library bloggers who started before me have since long stopped blogging, so I may too one day.
Until then, I thank you all who continue to subscribe or read and share my posts.