Salem Press’s Annual Blog Awards have been announced — library staff and library blog lovers vote, then judges within the library field make the final decision. Here’s the list and story behind the award, direct from the Salem Press:
General Library Blog Winner
Librarian in Black
She describes herself as “Amazingly informed & therefore properly opinionated.” The tag line is right. But Sarah is much more than that: she is intelligent, passionate, and enviably literate. We love the ability to chat with her through the Meebo widget and like the “share post” feature within each post. We cheer her on when she stands up against issues like DRM (Digital Rights Management) and appreciate the nice balance of too often/not often enough postings. Topics are always timely, in synch with current library news, and provocative. In short, Sarah’s blog delivers the goods and should be on everyone’s must-read list.
Public Library Blog Winner
Swiss Army Librarian
If we have a reference question, we’re asking Brian. His blog may be a collection of tech news, upcoming events, and behind the scenes information, but the standout has to be his Reference Question of the Week feature, where he shows impressive research skills and public library customer service. We love his positive attitude and that he’s not afraid to point out areas where he could have performed better. Even when off topic, Brian makes relevant and fascinating connections to technology, reference librarianship, and everything in between.
Academic Library Blog Winner
We praise many things about this next-gen academic librarian but one in particular: Andy may be coming of age professionally, but he already knows to avoid the easy route to juvenile triviality. Whatever the topic-technology in the service of education, social media, information literacy, new approaches to old library problems-Andy’s posts always get to the heart of the matter. We enjoy his sincerity (“Not everything has to be scholarly.”), his insistence on the “fun” factor at the Reference Desk, and even his fascination with dinosaurs.
School Library Blog Winner
The Unquiet Librarian
Oh how we wish Buffy was our teacher-librarian in high school. As if being proactive, well-informed, and cutting-edge weren’t enough, Buffy is also enthusiastic about everything she does (within and beyond school librarianship). This enthusiasm comes alive in her blog, as do her energetic ideas and the clarity with which she presents them. This blog has it covered: perfect-length postings of practical information with just enough graphics, updated frequently and conscientiously.
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