Here are the 2005 results so you can have something to compare it to.

1. What is your gender?
 Female  66.3%   556 
 Male  33.5%   281 
 0.2%   2 
answered question   839 
skipped question   0 

Women are definitely better represented in the blogopshere than they were last time, but men still are more likely to blog in proportion to their representation in the general population of librarians.

2. What is your age?
 Under 24  2.0%   17 
 24 to 30  23.6%   198 
 31 to 40  37.7%   316 
 41 to 50  19.2%   161 
 51 to 60  14.9%   125 
 Over 60  2.6%   22 
answered question   839 
skipped question   0 

The percentage of folks in the 40-60 range definitely went up since 2005, which means that the blogosphere is definitely getting more diverse in terms of age. That’s something I’m definitely glad to see.

3. Where do you live?
 Northeastern United States  17.4%   146 
 Southeastern United States  12.8%   107 
 Southwestern United States  6.9%   58 
 California  6.7%   56 
 Northwestern United States  4.5%   38 
 Midwestern United States  20.4%   171 
 Mountain States  2.5%   21 
 Non-Continental United States  0.1%   1 
 Puerto Rico  1%   8 
Caribbean and Bahamas  0.2%   2 
 Eastern Canada  2.2%   18 
 Western Canada  1.9%   16 
 Middle of Canada  2.4%   20 
 Mexico and Central America  0.2%   2 
 Australia  4.7%   39 
New Zealand  0.7%   6 
 South America  0.7%   6 
 Western Europe and UK  11%   93
 Eastern Europe  1.0%   8 
 Asia  1.2%   10 
India  0.1%   1 
 Africa  0.2%   2 
view comment Other (please specify)
 1.1%   10 
answered question   839 
skipped question   0 

I added in some of the "other" answers that I really should have put in as options (sorry toNew Zealand and Puerto Rico in particular) and a few (like "San Francisco" and "France") that easily fit under my original choices. The rest you can see by clicking on the link by "Other". The Midwest is still grealy overrepresented here as it was in 2005 (though it was 25% then!). Anyone care to hazard a guess as to why that is? The numbers are definitely up outside of North America, though that could easily be attributable to the fact that they may not have heard about the survey last time around.

4. What sort of area do you live in?
 Large Urban Area  35.9%   299 
 Smaller Urban Area  26.0%   217 
 Suburban Area Near a Big City  18.7%   156 
 Suburban Area Not Near a Big City  6.4%   53 
 Rural Area  12.0%   100 
view comment Other (please specify)
 1.1%   9 
answered question   834 
skipped question   5 

I’m very happy to see that rural librarians are making a very respectable showing! It’s not exactly surprising that that vast majority of bloggers live in cities.

5. Do you have an MLS, MLIS, MSIS, etc.?
 Yes  71.5%   600 
 No  15.3%   128 
 Am in the process of earning it  13.2%   111 
answered question   839 
skipped question   0 

The numbers haven’t changed too much for those blogging with and without a Masters in Library/Information Science, but there are definitely a good deal more people in library school who are blogging (they were only 8.6% of the population in 2005). That’s great news!

6. Do you have any other advanced degrees (check all that apply)?
 Masters in History  2.7%   18 
 Masters in English  4.3%   29 
 Masters in Education  4.7%   32 
 Masters in Social Work/Counseling/Psychology/etc.  1.3%   9 
 Masters in Computer Science  1.5%   10 
 MBA or MPA  1.8%   12 
 Other Masters  12.1%   82 
 Doctorate in Library Science  1.5%   10 
 Juris Doctorate  1.8%   12 
 Other Doctorate  1.8%   12 
 No other advanced degrees  62.2%   421 
view comment Other (please specify)
 8.9%   60 
answered question   677 
skipped question  162 

No big surprises here. The percentage of people blogging who do not have an additional advanced degree went up a bit from 57.6% to 62.2%. Looking at some of the "other" answers, I think I definitely should put Post-Secondary or Post-Bachelor’s next time around to specify.

7. If you have an MLS, at what age did you (or will you) receive your degree in library science/librarianship/etc?
 Under 25  20.8%   140 
 25 to 30  42.7%   288 
 31 to 40  26.1%   176 
 41 to 50  9.2%   62 
 51 to 60  1.2%   8 
 Over 60  0.0%   0 
answered question   674 
skipped question   165 

The percentage of people getting their degree after 30 has definitely gone up, and I wonder if that has to do with the people over 30 who are starting blogs in library school right now. Not too surprising to see that a decent number of people got their degree after age 30 since this is a second career for so many of us..

8. What sort of setting do you work in?
 Very Small Public Library (serving 10,000 or fewer)  2.0%   17 
 Small Public Library (serving 10,001 to 40,000)  6.2%   52 
 Medium-Sized Public Library (serving 40,0001 to 99,999)  7.5%   63 
 Large Public Library (serving 100,000 and up)  13.6%   114 
 Small Academic Library (3,000 or fewer students)  6.0%   51 
 Medium-Sized Academic Library (3,001 to 15,000 students)  12.9%   108 
 Large Academic Library (more than 15,000 students)  14.7%   123 
 School Library (K-12)  5.4%   45 
 Corporate Library  2.6%   22 
 School District  0.2%   2 
 Government Library/State Library  3.2%   27 
 Museum/Archive/Historical Society  0.8%   7 
 Law Library  2.3%   19 
 Medical/Health Science Library  3.4%   29 
 Any other Special Library  2.4%   20 
 Library School  1.2%   10 
 Library Consortium or System (NSLS, SEFLIN, PALS, etc.)  4.4%   37 
 Library Association  0.3%   3 
 Other Non-Profit (non-library)  0.2%   2 
Publishing  0.3%   3 
Consulting  0.2%   2 
Freelance/Self-Employed  1.2%   10 
 Vendor  1.6%   13 
 I’m not employed  3.7%   31 
view comment Other (please specify)
 3.5%   29 
answered question   839 
skipped question   0 

Public libraries have certainly made a comeback and are now a much more significant portion of the biblioblogosphere. I wonder if that can be attributed to changing attitudes about blogs or to the increased education about social software in public libraries (thanks to initiatives like Learning 2.0). The percentages are also up in library systems and consortia, school libraries and medical/health science libraries.

9. What best describes the sort of work you do? Please choose the one that best describes what you do most often in your job. If none come close to fitting, please choose other and list your job title.
 General Public Services  7.0%   59 
 Reference  15.0%   126 
 Instruction  3.9%   33 
 Outreach  0.8%   7 
 Subject Liaison  2.4%   20 
 Youth Services  5.0%   42 
 Access Services  0.6%   5 
 Circulation  1.3%   11 
 Information Delivery/ILL  0.7%   6 
 General Tech Services  1.2%   10 
 Cataloging  4.4%   37 
 Acquisitions/Collection Development  3.3%   28 
 Distance Learning  0.8%   7 
 Web Development  4.3%   36 
 Systems/IT  6.0%   50 
 Electronic Resources  4.5%   38 
 Computer Programming  0.6%   5 
 Instructional Technologies/Emerging Technologies  3.8%   32 
 Archivist/Records Manager  1.2%   10 
 Administrator  6.4%   54 
 Solo Librarian  5.8%   49 
 Member Services  1.4%   12 
 Consultant  2.6%   22 
 Professor  1.2%   10 
 Unemployed  1.6%   13 
view comment Other (please specify)
 14.0%   117 
answered question   839 
skipped question   0 

I considered taking some of the “others” and either creating new categories or fitting them into the already existing ones, but I figured if these people didn’t self-identify with any of these positions, I didn’t want to mess with that. However, there were quite a few that I thought could have easily fit under the categories that existed (like general public services or web development). But it was interesting to see how many people are doing many, many different jobs at their library. I self-identified as a distance learning librarian, but I also work reference, I do undergraduate instruction, I’m our Webmaster, and I’m a liaison (yet my position is under "Systems"). It was also interesting to see a lot of jobs associated with digital resources and digitization; I’ll be sure to add that as an option for next time.

The blogosphere is definitely getting more diverse in terms of the types of positions people work in. The percentage of people working solely with library technologies has actually declined from 2005. People who self-identified as being in public services areas of library service make up the largest part of the blogging population (34.6%). The next largest are those working in library technologies (20.6%) and technical services (9.3%). (Please note: for these figures, I included those responses in the "Other" category that cleanly fit into one of these general designations.) In 2005, librarians in public services made up 33% of all respondents, library technologies 24%, and tech services made up 8%. The biggest gain was made by those in access services areas (inlcuding circulation and ILL) who went from 0% to 2.6% of the population. Youth Services librarians also doubled from 2.5% of the population to 5%. It’s strange to me that the number of bloggers self-identifying as administrators went down from 11% of the population to 6.4%. To my chagrin, the number of distance learning librarians has barely grown (from 5 to 7) and their percentage in the population has dropped precipitously.

10. What point are you at in your career?
 Library student  7.0%   59 
 New grad looking for a job  2.0%   17 
 Working less than 1 year in the profession  5.0%   42 
 Working in the profession for 1-3 years  18.5%   155 
 Working in the profession for 4-6 years  15.6%   131 
 Working in the profession for 7-10 years  14.8%   124 
 Working in the profession for 11-15 years  12.9%   108 
 Working in the profession for 16-20 years  6.8%   57 
 Working in the profession for more than 20 years  14.3%   120 
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 3.1%   26 
answered question   839 
skipped question   0 

The number of people with more than 10 years of experience in the profession has gone up a bit from 29% in 2005 to 34%. Otherwise, things haven’t changed too significantly.

Similarly to the last question, I felt that there were a few answers under “other” that I could have fit into the available options, but I decided not to. I found it interesting how many people with experience as a paraprofessional didn’t simply count that as years of experience. Perhaps it’s because so many job ads ask for years of "post-MLS experience", but I don’t think anyone can deny the value of working in any capacity in a library setting.

11. Does your job require you to manage others?
 Yes, I am the direct supervisor of other professional/non-professional staff members  39.6%   331 
 Yes, I manage our students/volunteers/interns 1.8%   15 
 I manage and sometimes supervise employees, but I’m no one’s direct supervisor  1.7%  14 
 No  54.9%   458 
view comment Other (please specify)
 2.0%   17 
answered question   835 
skipped question   4 

Nice to see that so many bloggers have the responsibility of supervising and managing others. We’re one step closer to taking over the profession! MWAHAHAHAHAH! 😉