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

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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

A Librarian's Guide to Etiquette is the 2011 winner of the Quirky 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
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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Character-driven blogs covering an array of library topics that defy categorization. Bloggers come from a variety of settings-academic, public, school, special libraries, etc.-but all share a common purpose: to address library issues, both serious and for entertainment, through humor, irony, and with a great deal of imagination.

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

A Librarian's Guide to Etiquette
Jason Vance
Everyday etiquette advice and tips for the library workplace. Readers learn how to make meals from the crumbs in a keyboard, avoid book-truck dance teams, and wear metal-tipped finger guards for extreme shushing action.

Abby the Librarian
Abby Johnson
The blog of a children's librarian from New Albany, IN, posting about good books, children's programming, and anything else library or kid-lit related.

Adventures of a Library Girl
Jennifer LaGarde
The spot where the Lead Media Specialist for the New Hanover County School system in Wilmington, NC, ponders, shares, and rubs her thoughts about libraries and student learning together until they catch fire.

All These Birds with Teeth
Joe Grobenly
This reference and instruction librarian's interests include the impact of web-based publishing on scholarly activity and undergraduate learning, digital humanities practiced outside of the academy, music, new media studies, and the intersections of culture and commerce.

Awful Library Books
Holly Hibner & Mary Kelly
A collection of library holdings that Holly and Mary find amusing and questionable for public libraries trying to maintain a current and relevant collection. The books featured are just odd, outdated, or maybe should be reconsidered under a current interpretation of collection policies.

Bad Librarianship
Mark Kardwell
Barbarian Librarian/Information Shaman knows his comics and pop culture. And he reads the Internet so you don't have to.

Library folks who take road trips to libraries, museums, and historical sites, blogging live on their adventures and having lots of fun. They encourage you to follow along and share your adventures with them.

Caitlin Quinn
A blog highlighting activism around (and general advocacy for) libraries, library workers, and library/information science education in New York City and beyond.

Confessions of a Real Librarian
A light-hearted collection of patron and customer stories that evolved to include book reviews. It's all done for fun and laughs and is intended for anyone who wants a private look into a public library system.

Dances with Books
One book lover's live journal. Besides books and reading, topics include library patrons, workplace dynamics, and why paying ALA dues makes no sense.

Daring Librarian
Gwyneth Anne & Bronwynne Jones
Daring to leap high stacks, animate with sheer abandon, and stand up for librarians and ed tech educators everywhere.

Days and Nights of the Lipstick Librarian
Some librarians are complacent in their mousy stereotype, while others are brash and sexy and tell those stereotypes to shove it. The Lipstick Librarian falls squarely in the latter category... [from Get Degrees site]

Humorous and entertaining tales of the strange and frustrating things that happen at the reference desk.

Eva's Book Addiction
Eva M.
A children's librarian and life-long book addict invites readers to share their thoughts on books and library service to children. You'll find musings on and reviews of books for children, teens, and adults.

Going Green @ Your Library
Beth Filar Williams
The goal of this blog is to sort through the massive amount of sustainable/green information, determine what can be applied to libraries, communities, or schools, and aggregate these practices, projects, tools, and techniques in one place.

Great and General Incandescence, The
A surly rural librarian, who is also a graduate student at a university with a crest dedicated to agriculture and a frisbee sport/soccer/running enthusiast.

Judge a Book by its Cover
De gustibus non est disputandum. There's no accounting for taste.

Karen the Small Press Librarian
Karen Lillis
Karen is a writer of novels, poetry, short stories, creative nonfiction, and journalism. Her blog is all about books, bookstores, book tours, zines, queer literary venues, etc.

Avid book lover/bibliophile based in The Netherlands covers reading and book gadgets. Her main interest is Dutch, English, and American literature.

Le Vanity Victorienne
Nevey Berry
Victorian Vanity (in French). She named it that because books are her vanity and through them she sees realms of wonders.

Library History Buff Blog
Larry T. Nix
An appreciation, enjoyment, and preservation of library heritage, this blog is a companion to The Library History Buff web site. Larry is the Don Quixote of library history.

Library Looney
Irmgarde Brown
A place where humor and small-town librarianship meet. It's informal and spontaneous: just stories on the fly, but all true. Being a public librarian is another people job and let's face it, people are funny everywhere.

Misadventures of Super Librarian, The
Blogging for truth, justice, and the right to read what you want since 2003. Wendy is a mild-mannered librarian and romance novel junkie by day and a kiss-ass super hero babe by night.

Misadventures of the Monster Farmer-Librarian
Stop by a while for stories about farm and community life, gardening, cooking, and recipes and anything else that falls out of the head of a New England Monster Librarian.

Mississippi Library Commission Reference Blog
About interesting and kooky things Tracy, Brandie, Greg, and Elisabeth find while looking for the answers to reference questions.

Obnoxious Librarian from Hades
Dennie Heye
Satirical tales about life as a librarian in a large bureacracy.

Pop Culture Librarian
Librarian by trade and a lover of art by birth blogs about her life that only sometimes takes place at work. The blog's primary purpose is humor and to celebrate pop culture, of course.

Screwy Decimal
Rita Meade
Brooklyn-based public librarian experiences "strange and wonderful" things in her line of work and shares them via this blog. All stories are true but tongue-in-cheek.

Shushie Jones
Full-time librarian. Part-time pin-up model. All around vintage girl. She enjoys what she does, but most of the time she just wants to lay on the floor and moan, but writing this blog keeps her from doing that.

Smart Bitches, Trashy Books
All of the romance, none of the bullshit. The site began in 2005 as a community of romance readers eager to talk about which romance novels rocked their worlds, and which ones made them throw the book with as much velocity as possible.

Succentorship Without Sneers
St. Evelyn
Qualifying Librarina in the Badlands of Strafforth who keeps up with social networking tools and all things library-related.

Tales from the Library
A place where everyone can share their "tales from the library"-be they good, bad, unexpected, scary, hilarious, horrendous, enlightening, or simply crazy. The author welcomes submissions from patrons and librarians alike.

Typo of the Day for Librarian
By a group of librarians from all over the world with a common interest: "keeping our online catalogs free of errors."

Gene Ambaum & Bill Barnes
Librarian Gene and cartoonist Bill began publishing Unshelved in 2002. It is a daily comic strip about real-life tales, as acted out by the fictional staff of Mallville Public Library. "Heros" include Dewey, a teen services librarian, and Colleen, an old-school reference librarian, among several others.

Write Path, The
Dorine White
One hottie's adventures traveling along the roads of life and braving the publishing world.

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