Blogs = Serials?

After all our talk of blogs and blogging in Atlanta, I was interested in a recent post on the (very new) Library of Congress Blog.

It seems that at least some folks over at the Library of Congress consider (corporate) blogs to be serials, and may already be assigning ISSN numbers to them.

There’s an interesting discussion going on over there, including some mentions of an IBSN (Internet Blog Serial Number). Is ArLiSNAP a serial? Should it have an ISSN? An IBSN ( I thought about going ahead and registering us for an IBSN, but then wondered what that would imply about ArLiSNAP as a “publication”, when I tend to think of it more as a community. Your thoughts?


  1. Blogs can be serialized if that’s what the author(s) intent is. However, not all blogs are serials. Most serials are not irregular.

    I have a feeling we’re not a serial. But…

    I might be way off base because my training was primarily in management & not tech services.

  2. I also don’t think of us as being an ISSN kind of thing. But that makes me wonder about the IBSN, which seems to acknowledge that blogs are entirely different creatures (or can be, in any case).

    (Note: I also edited the original post after realizing I left out the link to the LOC post…)

  3. Serials are more likely to be arranged in issues. I’d say ArLiSNAP is an integrating resource. Crystal Graham once described electronic resources as bibliographic hermaphrodites.

    AACR definition of integrating resource: A bibliographic resource that is added to or changed by means of updates that do not remain discrete and are integrated into the whole. Integrating resources can be finite or continuing. Examples of integrating resources include updating loose-leafs and updating Web sites.

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