Continuing the tradition of the contest, Salem invited 2011 blog winners to volunteer as 2012 judges. The distinguished panel consisted of eight accomplished library professionals representing a wide range of institutions, interests, backgrounds, and experience.
We thank them for their invaluable time, insight, cooperation, and enthusiasm.
THE 2012 JUDGES
Sarah Houghton is the Director of the San Rafael Public Library, CA. She has worked with state and national library advocacy organizations including Infopeople, California Library Association, American Library Association, and the Library and Information Technology Association-including a three-year stint as a member of LITA's Top Technology Trends Committee and working on the OITP eBooks Taskforce. She was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker as a Trendspotter in 2009. Sarah speaks internationally at live and online events for libraries and other institutions and blogs at Librarian in Black, the 2011 Winner in the General category.
Brian Herzog is the Head of Reference at the Chelmsford Public Library in Massachusetts. He received his MLIS from Kent State University in 2005. With a constant focus on patron interaction, Brian is always looking for and experimenting with ways to improve library services (including eliminating the reference collection, implementing the Library Use Value Calculator, and Work Like A Patron day, to name a few). 2012 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, Brian spends most of his time at the reference desk. He chronicles his adventures on his blog, Swiss Army Librarian, the 2011 Winner in the Public category.
Andy Burkhardt is the Emerging Technologies Librarian at Champlain College, VT, winner of the 2012 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award. He publishes and presents on subjects of technology, information literacy, and leading change in the service of furthering learning and curiosity. In 2010 he won the Lyrasis Next-Gen Librarian award for his leadership and his "innovative and fresh approach to the profession." Andy is a dinosaur enthusiast, extremely positive, and the author of the award winning blog Information Tyrannosaur, the 2011 Winner in the Academic category.
Buffy J. Hamilton is librarian at Creekview High School in Canton, GA, where she introduced Media 21, a participatory, transliterate learning initiative for high school students. She received a 2011 Cutting-Edge Service Award from the ALA's Office for Information and Technology Policy. A 2011 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, Buffy was also named one of Tech & Learning's 30 EdTech Leaders of the Future. She blogs at The Unquiet Librarian, the 2011 Winner in the School category.
Erica Jesonis is Web Manager and Graphic Designer at the Cecil County Public Library in Elkton, MD. Erica has designed innovative advocacy pieces used by libraries nationwide, including the "My Library, My Lifeline" logo honored by LLAMA. Selected as a 2012 Library Journal Mover and Shaker, Erica is passionate about helping libraries to expand their creative abilities and market themselves better. She loves teaching about graphic design and sharing resources freely and is the editor of Cecil County Public Library's award-winning blog. One of her proudest achievements is helping reluctant staff members become enthusiastic writers. Her library's blog was the 2011 winner in the Local category.
Jason Vance is Assistant Professor and Information Literacy Librarian at Middle Tennessee State University. In addition to his academic writing and publishing on information literacy, teaching and learning, and library history, he also provides social commentary on the library profession as the Polite Librarian. His humorous blog, A Librarian's Guide to Etiquette, is the self-proclaimed "number one, most-trusted source for authoritative tongue-in-cheek librarian etiquette tips on the Internet." He was the 2011 Winner in the Quirky category.
Annie Pho recently graduated from Indiana University-Indianapolis School of Library and Information Science. She currently works as a reference and instruction librarian at a community college. Her interests are in academic librarianship, information literacy, digital preservation of culture, and contemplating how we relate to the world around us. She is managing editor of the collaborative blog, Hack Library School, the 2011 Winner in the Newcomer category.
Rose L. Chou is Reference Archivist at the Smithsonian Institution's National Anthropological Archives and a Part-time Reference Librarian at the American University Library. She is close to completing her MLIS from San Jose State University, where she serves as Content Editor for the SLIS Student Research Journal. Rose is managing editor of the collaborative blog, Hack Library School, the 2011 Winner in the Newcomer category.
2012 BLOG AWARDS DIRECTOR
Mirela Roncevic is an independent content developer, editor, writer, and library and book market researcher, with 17 years of experience in the publishing and library fields. She assists publishers and content producers in positioning their products in libraries, develops resources geared to librarians and publishers, and orchestrates initiatives that strengthen relationships between the two. She has extensive experience leading Advisory Boards and focus groups. In addition to developing Salem's Library Blog Directory, Mirela teamed up with Salem in 2011 to launch The Library Grants Center. Between 1998 and 2010, she was Senior Editor, Book Review, at Library Journal, where she directed the magazine's coverage of print and online reference sources, managed art, literature, and philosophy book reviews, and wrote extensively on book publishing, reference publishing, and librarianship.