The Salem Blog Center To go to the 2012 Salem Blog Center, click the blogs bubble.

Drumroll please:

The 2010 Award Winners
The 2011 Award Winners
The 2012 Award Winners

Mirela Roncevic Our 2011 Judges are a mighty impressive group, volunteers and hard-working, too. Their insight and experience added a great deal to the process of selecting winners from among the nominees. To read a bit about each, click the judges

The following blogs were nominated for the 2011 Library Blog Awards (the winners are listed in bold):

General: Blogs providing broad discussions of library topics and trends, including reviews of books and products.

Librarian in Black
In the Library with the Lead Pipe
Books on the Knob
Library Juice
Read This!

Academic: Blogs targeting academic librarians and academic institutions

Preservation Underground
Here and There
Information Tyrannosaur
The Waki Librarian

Public: Blogs addressing the challenges and triumphs of public librarianship

Swiss Army Librarian
Librarian by Day
The Cataloguing Librarian
Thoughts from a Well-Rounded

School: Blogs covering topics relevant to school libraries and K-12 education

The Unquiet Librarian
The Blue Skunk Blog
K-M The Librarian
Shelf Consumed
Ms. Yingling Reads

Local: Institution-specific blogs promoting the interests of a public, academic, or school library

This Day in Athens
Shelf Talk
NYIT Library Channel
Cecil County Public Library
ICARUS: Santa Fe Public Library

Commercial: Professional blogs written for profit, generally tied to a trade publication

Neverending Search
Book Group Buzz
Library Love Fest
Annoyed Librarian

Newcomer: Blogs by next-gen librarians who have only recently started blogging

Library Renewal
Hack Library School
Eliterate Librarian
Joeyanne Libraryanne

Quirky: Character-driven blogs covering an array of library topics that defy categorization

The Daring Librarian
Eva's Book Addiction
All These Birds with Teeth
A Librarian's Guide
   to Etiquette

Abby the Librarian

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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 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:

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.

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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