Enthusiastic response to ACRLog

Contact: Mary Jane Petrowski


For Immediate Release

December 13, 2005

Enthusiastic response to ACRLog

CHICAGO - Response to the Association of College and Research Libraries' ACRLog has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic. In its first week, over 10,000 visits were made to ACRLog. Posts found there were read close to 20,000 times. Currently, ACRLog is averaging close to 1,400 sessions per day and 3,000 page views a day. (A session refers to someone visiting the blog; Page views refer to individual items read).

The average amount of time for an individual session at ACRLog is about 15 minutes, which means people are taking considerable time to read the postings. Some of the topics covered there in the first month include technology issues, information ethics, and libraries and learning.

Initially, there were many questions about how to subscribe. Full instructions on how to subscribe to ACRLog are now available at
http://acrlblog.org/2005/10/27/how-do-i-subscribe-to-acrlog/. One new subscriber says of the blog, "What a nice surprise! I have already subscribed and look forward to following the postings on ACRLog."

Steven Bell, a member of the Blog Advisory Board, said, "The board is greatly appreciative that ACRLog has been well received, and we hope we've so far been able to accomplish our goal of providing worthwhile commentary on the issues that academic librarians are or should be discussing, as well as bringing to our colleagues' attention useful news stories, upcoming events, and other information that helps them keep up with our rapidly changing profession."

"The excellent comments to many of the posts are gratifying, and help promote discussions of the issues about which we're blogging," Bell added. "While we've had a good start and are developing a rhythm, we have plans to add to our blogging team as well as feature more guest postings."

The ACRLog can be found at
http://www.acrlblog.org. ACRLog invites contributions from those interested in academic and research librarianship. Guest commentaries, contributed conference reports, perspectives from ACRL chapters, and opinions about the latest trends and issues can all be shared within this blogspace.

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments.