We've found new blogs (at least they are new to us:

Newly Discovered Blogs

Active blogs addressing issues that are important to libraries, librarians, students and patrons:

General Interest Blogs
Academic Library Blogs
Public Library Blogs
School Library Blogs
Quirky Library Blogs
Local Library Blogs
Commercial Library Blogs

Drumroll please:

The 2011 Award Winners
The 2010 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


Information Tyrannosaur is the 2011 winner of the Academic Library Blog Award.

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
ACRLog
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
    Librarian


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

EarlyWord
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
Pixelated
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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Blogs written by and for academic librarians addressing a range of topics relevant to academic libraries and institutions of higher education. Issues discussed include, but are not limited to, educational technologies, fair use in academia, literacy and learning, subject-specific resources for students and faculty, law libraries and legal technologies, off-campus access, research habits, and user experience.

Blogs listed with a include 2010 and 2011 finalists and winners.


A Canuck Librarian
Unknown
By a reference and liaison librarian at Concordia University in Montreal who specializes in the areas of classics, modern languages, and linguistics and whose research interests include leisure reading in academic libraries as well as digital and information literacy.

Academic Librarian
Wayne Bivens-Tatum
A blog of analysis and reflection that addresses issues of interest to librarians, including technology, change, leadership, reading, reference, instruction, collection development, teaching, and higher education.

ACRLog
Collaboration
Guest commentaries, contributed conference reports, perspectives from ACRL chapters, and opinions about the latest trends and issues are shared by and for academic and research librarians.

Attempting Elegance
Jenica Rogers
By a librarian, manager, geek, and cataloger who advocates for emerging technologies in academic libraries, breaking of bad patterns of ostrich-style management, and mentoring and support of new library professionals.

Beyond the Reference Desk
Bridget Schumacher
By an information literacy librarian at an academic institution in upstate New York, whose interests include social media and technology-based collaboration, information-seeking behaviors of undergrads, outreach services, and user experience.

Bibliographic Wilderness
Jonathan Rochkind
About library matters of digital systems and services, metadata, cataloging, and our collective effort to help people navigate the 'information wilderness' we find ourselves pending increasing time in.

California Dreamin'
Rob Darrow
The principal of the Clovis Online School, a free full-time public charter school in California, addresses online learning, education, and libraries.

Chicago Librarian
Leo Robert Klein
Musings by a Chicago-based writer, librarian, academic, designer, and web developer.

Circ and Serve
Mary Carmen Chimato
Head of access and delivery services at North Carolina State University Libraries offers her view from "this side of the desk."

Citegeist
Cindy Trainor
Cindy is the Coordinator for Library Technology and Data Services at Eastern Kentucky University Libraries, where together with her staff she plans for, implements, maintains, and assesses technology in libraries.

Clifflandis.net
Cliff Landis
Georgia State University's Web Services Librarian discusses the role of emerging technologies in libraries, social network sites, user-centered service, assessment, and the co-evolution of humanity and technology.

Cofee Code
Dan Scott
He is Dan: barista, library geek, and free-as-in-freedom software developer. He hacks on projects such as the Evergreen open-source ILS project and PEAR's File_MARC package . By day, he is the Systems Librarian for Laurentian University.

CogSci Librarian
Stephanie Willen Brown
Library director and master searcher at the Park Library, School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina, writes about the intersection of cognitive science, communication science, journalism, psychology, and library science.

Collectanea: Collected Perspectives on Copyright
Peggy E. Hoon
The Center for Intellectual Property's 2011-2013 Scholar discusses current copyright issues.

Confessions of a Science Librarian
John Dupuis
About the future of academic libraries, the use of blogging for professional development, and the use of Web 2.0 technologies in the academic community and publishing.

Copyright on Campus
Christine Ross
All about fair use in academia. Christine is licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois and currently works at the University of Florida's George A. Smathers Libraries as Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Communications.

Deepening the Conversation
Rudy Leon
A librarian and "free thinker" ponders questions of authority, technology, learning, and 2.0 in academic libraries. He is passionate about education but concerned about the state of librarianship.

Devil's Tale
Amy McDonald
Dispaches from the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library at Duke University. Historical topics often coincide with the posting date.

Digital Koans
Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
News and commentary on digital copyright, digital curation, digital repositories, open access, scholarly communication, and other digital information issues.

Digital Reference
Stephen Francoeur
A college librarian's views on chat reference, IM reference, email reference, VoIP reference, video reference, SMS reference, phone reference, roving reference, and face-to-face reference.

Digitization 101
Jill Hurst-Wahl
The place for staying up-to-date on issues, topics, lessons learned, and events surrounding the creation, management, marketing, and preservation of digital assets.

Disruptive Library Technology Jester
Peter E. Murray
Musings and visions of a library technologist as he walks the fine line between the best of the library profession on one side and the best of technology on the other.

Distant Librarian
Paul R. Pival
Public Services Systems librarian (aka webmaster) at the University of Calgary, Canada, blogs distance education, technology, and web tools as they relates to libraries.

E-Tech
Ellysa Stern Cahoy
A Penn State librarian's view on the intersection of libraries and emerging technologies. Areas of focus include emotional information literacy skills, interface and tutorial development, and K-16 outreach.

Feral Librarian
Chris Bourg
Thoughts on library services, the future of libraries, new ways of thinking about information and media literacy, and anything related to research and teaching. "Not a real librarian" but a sociologist who thinks this is an exciting time to be involved in libraries.

First thus
James Weinheimer
American University of Rome library directory ponders the future of libraries and the catalog. This is a place where he manages the postings he makes to different lists and blogs.

For Whom the Bell Told
Mary Ann Bell
Professor of library science at Sam Houston State University, TX, discusses technology, librarianship, and ethics.

Girl in the Moon
Katie Birkwood
Katie is "just another sensibly-shod musician librarian knitter." She is also a Rare Books Specialist at Cambridge University Library. Until recently, she worked on the Hoyle Project at St John's College Library, Cambridge, which she blogs about here, among other library things.

Guardienne of the Tomes
Colleen Harris
An academic librarian with some old-fashioned sense, some newfangled sense, and all-around appreciation for the art of all things bookish.

Gypsy Librarian
Angel Rivera
An outreach librarian, who still teaches, reflects on librarianship, literacy, and a few other academic things. She reads a lot of LIS literature so you don't have to.t

Habitually Probing Generalist
Mark Lindner
An Iowa-based, semi-retired librarian currently researching a workable theory of language and communication for library and information science here blogs about professional and personal endeavors.

Here and There
Debra Schiff
A New Jersey-based librarian shares her archives, special collections, and museum experiences; travels; and a range of other topics.

Ian Clark Blog
Ian Clark
Ian is a "realistic student librarian working in an academic library." He reads, photographs, writes, blogs, studies, and cooks.

Impromptu Librarian
Mary Beth Sancomb-Moran
A collection of extemporaneous musings on things library and not by an academic librarian from the University of Minnesota, Rochester.

In Season Christian Librarian, The
Linda Jones
Information about resources and news by and for Christian librarians, primarily those in Christian academic institutions.

Infocommons and Beyond
David Murray
A consideration of innovative services and resources in academic libraries. The blog serves as a directory to library web sites with models or inspiration for transforming your library.

info-mational
Char Booth
Instruction Services Manager & E-Learning Librarian at the Claremont Colleges Library and ACRL Immersion faculty member explores the integration of education, technology, and design in library services.

Information Tyrannosaur
Andy Burkhardt
Librarian, technologist, and amateur philosopher from Champlain College in Burlington, VT, blogs about libraries, social media, and connecting people and information. The focus is on using technology thoughtfully and effectively in advancing the library's goals.

Information Wants To Be Free
Meredith Farkas
A librarian, writer, and tech geek reflects on the profession and the tools we use to serve our patrons. She is Head of Instructional Initiatives at Norwich University in Vermont and and an adjunct faculty member at San Jose State University's School of Library and Information Science.

Ink and Vellum
John M. Jackson
A space set aside for discussions of libraries, information, and the sum of their parts. "Libraries" means those of higher education; "information" means how we come to find it, how we interpret it, and how we attempt to organize it.

Jewish Studies at Columbia University Library
Michelle Chesner
New and interesting developments in Jewish Studies collections and research at Columbia University Libraries and beyond. Michelle is the university's Judaica librarian.

Joeyanne Libraryanne
Jo Alcock
A (next-gen) academic librarian based in the West Midlands (England) interested in new technologies, strategic marketing, and ways to improve the service of an academic library.

Kept-up Academic Librarian
Steven Bell
An adjunct Professor at the Drexel University College of Information Science and Technology and Associate University Librarian for Research and Instructional Services at Temple University helps academic librarians "keep up" with news and developments in higher education.

Krafty Librarian
Michelle Kraft
A hospital librarian, who is an active member of the Medical Library Association, collects thoughts on items mostly of interest to medical librarians, medicine, and health.

Laika's MedLibLog
Jacqueline
A medical librarian's exploration of the Web 2.0 world and beyond. The emphasis is on anything related to medical librarianship, medical information, EBM, Cochrane Collaboration, etc.

Lauren's Library Blog
Lauren Pressley
An instructional design librarian and author of So You Want To Be a Librarian and Wikis for Libraries reads, thinks, and experiments with the future of libraries, education, and information.

Law Librarian Blog
Collaboration
A group of editors and contributors keep readers of this blog frequently updated on all things law library, discussing tools and resources and everything in between.

Law Library Technology
David Holt
Electronic Resources Reference Librarian at Santa Clara University's School of Law discusses advances in legal technology, with a particular focus on law library services.

Librarian's Commute, The
Olivia Nellums
This reference librarian at a community college in southern New Jersey attempts to be part of, and contribute to, the library community through this blog. Libraries, technology, and higher education are the topics she mostly sticks to.

Library Adventures of Kiyomi, The
Kiyomi Deards
All things libraries by Assistant Professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln acting as a science librarian in the areas of chemistry, biochemistry, biological sciences, physics, and astronomy. Her interests are in STEM education and career issues, diversity, library management, and teaching.

Library Cloud
Collaboration
A collaborative blog written by academic librarians in Ohio. Following the adage of "write what you know," each contributor posts on topics within individual specialty areas and items of significance to academic libraries.

Library Hat
Bohyun Kim
Bohyun is a Digital Access Librarian at Florida International University, Medical Library, in Miami. She has worked in web services, e-resources management, digitization, reference, and instructional technologies.

Library Marginalia
Anne Welsh
Anne is a lecturer in library and information studies, with a background in law and health libraries. Her research interests include historical bibliography, cataloging, metadata, and digital humanities.

Library Noob
Amy Pajewski
An adventure through library school and a life of a single mom and graduate student of library science. She enjoys writing about professional literature and associations in the field that she considers to be "hot topics."

Library Scenester
Erin Dorney
All about the experiences of a millennial academic librarian. Posts are of interest to LIS students, recent graduates, and new/young/next-gen librarians who may come from a variety of environments.

Library Voice
Chad Boeninger
By a reference librarian with a passion for technology, public service, and teaching. Posts address how libraries are dealing with budget cuts and provide info on new tech gadgets and services, the latest video games.

Library Web Chic
Karen A. Coombs
Resources for librarians who are interested in the application of web design and technologies in libraries.

LibraryTechTalk
Collaboration
Three emerging technologies librarians at Towson University's Albert S. Cook Library focus on the application of technologies in various areas of the academic library. The aim is to arm librarians with ideas they can implement immediately.

Libreaction
Andy Priestner
By Information and Library Services Manager at Cambridge University's Judge Business School, this blog aims to highlight day-to-day operational concerns, review and digest training and conference sessions, and examine the state of business librarianship as a whole.

LibTechNotes
Collaboration
Open University of Catalonia Virtual Library tech team of five shares everyday findings, solutions, and inspirations behind the projects they develop for the university.

Local Weather
Matthew Beacom
This Yale librarian is mostly interested in metadata, cataloging, and finding stuff. He has a particular interest in what is often called "descriptive metadata (or "access metadata"). Matthew also studies creative writing at Southern Connecticut State University.

Melissa in Stephenville
Melissa
A blog by a catalog librarian and biological sciences liaison at Tarleton State University's Dick Smith Library. Her interests include watching Japanese anime, reading Japanese manga, and cataloging.

Metadata
Jeffrey Beall
All about how a cataloger views and interprets the world. Jeffrey is a Metadata Librarian at the University of Colorado, Denver. His interests include the strengths of metadata-enabled search systems and the weaknesses of full-text searching.

Metadata Blog
Collaboration
The official blog of the Metadata Interest Group (MIG), a group of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services division of the American Library Association. Contributors post reviews of articles, summaries of conferences, calls for proposals, and more.

No Shelf Required
Sue Polanka
A blog about ebooks, loosely defined to discuss ebooks, audiobooks, and other digital content found in libraries as well as the technology needed to read it and/or listen to it. It is designed to inform librarians and publishers of the happenings in the industry from a variety of perspectives.

NUI Galway Theatre Archives
Collaboration
An extensive cataloguing project is currently under way to make NUI Galway Theatre Archives' major collections fully available to researchers. This blog gives regular updates on the cataloguing process and other related matters.

Pattern Recognition
Jason Griffey
A University of Tennessee at Chattano librarian, technologist, writer, and speaker writes about books, libraries, and life online. This is one of his several blogs. Others include Perpetual Beta and ALA TechSource [both in the Commercial category].

Paul Hagon
Paul Hagon
A web designer at the National Library of Australia, Canberra, demonstrates his experiments and builds on his ideas. What happens here shapes his thinking for his professional work.

Preservation Underground
Collaboration
Dispatches from the Duke University Libraries Preservation and Conservation Departments, which serve Duke and the wider academic community by extending the life of their collections and overseeing the treatment and preventative care that ensures the long-term usefulness of the university's resources.

ResearchBuzz
Collaboration
News about search engines, digital archives, online museums, databases, and other Internet information collections since 1998.

ResourceShelf
Collaboration
Founded in 2001 by noted information professional Gary Price, this blog offers information on countless high-quality, resources on the web, including databases, lists and rankings, real-time sources, and multimedia.

See Also…
Steve Lawson
Humanities Liaison Librarian for Tutt Library at Colorado College, Colorado Springs, is mainly interested in using the web to bring better, more useful, and more usable services to students and faculty.

Sense and Reference
Lane Wilkinson
A "philosophical" library blog by a librarian, philosopher, bookworm, and dad. Listings of general works on the philosophy of library and information science are provided.

Sheck Spot
Sarah Faye Cohen
Trying to make explicit what is implicit about information literacy, teaching, and libraries. Making sense of the rapidity and fluidity of the information landscape, Sarah blogs to "think aloud" for herself and others.

SPLAT
Collaboration
SPLAT (Special Projects Library Action Team) acts in the 'crows nest' capacity, searching for innovation, proposing and leading experiments and pilot projects, and sharing their expertise and experiences with their colleagues in the Idaho library community.

Spurious Tuples
Catherine Pellegrino
A place for a reference librarian to share her library instruction and reference experiences, sort through and think publicly about what works and what does not, and engage in conversations about library instruction, information literacy, and referencing generally.

Thing Blogging
Celine Carty
Celine originally started this blog as part of the Cambridge 23 Things program in the summer 2010; she now mainly uses it to talk about cataloging.

Tom Roper's Weblog
Tom Roper
"An evergreen tree of diabolical knowledge." By a U.K. librarian who was Information Resources Development Coordinator for the Brighton & Sussex Medical School, then worked at the University of Sussex, and is now in further education.

Ubiquitous Librarian
Brian Mathews
A UC, Santa Barbara, librarian in the pursuit of user-sensitive librarianship. The focus isn't just on helping people become better users of the library, but rather, it's how the library can help its users become better people.

Vancouver Law Librarian Blog
Steve Matthews
Points of interest to the West Coast law librarian, highlighted sources on KM, web development, and law library management.

Virtual Dave…Real Blog
R. David Lankes
This academic blog, written by associate professor at Syracuse University's School of Information Studies (who is also director of the school's Information Institute), reflects David's passionate advocacy for libraries and their essential role in today's society.

Waki Librarian
Diana Wakimoto
An exploration of intersections among technology, productivity, and (academic) libraries. It condenses information gleaned from many blogs and other sources and combines it with some commentary.

Wee Librarian
Krista Godfrey
Musings on life and libraries (but not necessarily in that order). Krista works at McMaster University in Canada, teaches a distance reference course for the Mohawk College Library Technician program, and currently serves as Ontario Library Information Technology Association's President.



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