Last month I put out a survey for LIS folks who have their own personal professional websites (kind of a mouthful, but it still seems like the best way to say it – I welcome your thoughts). 27 people responded, providing information about how, why, and what they put online. I’m working through the responses slowly, but I wanted to get up some initial aggregated results.
As with all of my surveys, it’s still open! If you have your own website and would like to tell us about it, please go to the form here.
15 of the 28 questions are closed-ended. Here are charts from 3 of those:
Did you pay someone to design or build your site?
I paid for a template (or templates) 4 (14.8%)
No 22 (81.5%)
Other 1 (3.7%)
Which of the following content do you have on your site (check all that apply)?
Resume or CV 15 (55.6%)
Descriptions or list of services you provide 8 (29.6%)
Blog about personal topics 6 (22.2%)
Blog about professional topics 10 (37%)
Book reviews 1 (3.7%)
Work Samples 11 (40.7%)
List of publications 16 (59.3%)
List of presentations 17 (63%)
References, testimonials and/or press 6 (22.2%)
Twitter or other social media feed 17 (63%)
Your Bio 22 (81.5%)
Your photo 21 (77.8%)
art 1 (3.7%)
Is having a personal website a “must”?
Yes, for job hunters 6 (22.2%)
Yes, for librarians 2 (7.4%)
Yes, for people looking for speaking gigs 7 (25.9%)
Yes, for people who are independent contractors/freelancers 8 (29.6%)
Yes, for new LIS graduates 3 (11.1%)
Nope! Not at All! 15 (55.5%)
Other: 5 (18.5%)