In 2010 Salem hosted a contest (of sorts) to honor bloggers who focused on a variety of topics related to libraries. Our goal was to promote good blogs generally and draw attention to interesting and provocative news and opinion as it appears. To that end we:
Rewarded and celebrated blogs about libraries and library issues;
Maintain a (reasonably) accurate listing of blogs so librarians
can discover the amazing variety here;
Try to repeat the process once a year, or so.
THE 2010 WINNERS
The 2010 winners in each of the five categories of "topical" library blogging we established are:
General Library Blogs
First place: Libraries and Transliteracy
Second place: Centered Librarian
Third place: Librarian.net
Quirky Library Blogs
First place: Awful Library Books
Second place: Library History Buff
Third place: Going Green At Your Library
Another Third place: Judge a Book by its Cover
Academic Library Blogs
First place: No Shelf Required
Second place: ResourceShelf
Third place: The Kept-Up Academic Librarian
Public Library Blogs
First place: Agnostic, Maybe
Second place: Blogging for a Good Book
Third place: Library Garden
School Library Blogs
First Place: Bib 2.0
Second Place: Not So Distant Future
Third Place: 100 Scope Notes
Congratulations to you all.
THE LIBRARY BLOG JUDGES
Our first effort in recognizing excellence teamed four interested parties in reading the hundreds of active blogs nominated by readers throughout the web. Along with Peter Tobey of Salem Press, volunteers to judge blogs included:
The Editor Judge: Mirela Roncevic, Editor-in-Chief of IGI Global's forthcoming Advances in Library Information Science book series. Prior to her current position, Mirela was Senior Editor at Library Journal, where she directed the magazine's coverage of print and electronic reference sources, managed arts, literature, and philosophy reviews, and wrote extensively on the state of online publishing and librarianship.
The Public Library Judge: Barry Miller, is reference and acquisitions librarian at Austin Public Library, with collection development responsibility for nonficition print and audiobook materials. He has been a frequent contributor and reviewer for Library Journal for over 20 years.
The Academic Library Judge: Brian Coutts is head of the Department of Library Public Services at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. He's co-author of three reference books and a contributor to several others. No stranger to the judging business, Brian has selected the "Best Reference Sources of the Year" for Library Journal for more than two decades. He chairs the Resources for College Libraries Editorial Board and serves on the ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee.
The Academic School Library Judge: Caroline Geck, a school librarian at Peshine Avenue Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey. Caroline is a frequent reviewer in a variety of categories for both Library Journal and School Library Journal.
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