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

The Unquiet Librarian is the 2011 winner of the School 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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Blogs covering topics relevant to school libraries and K-12 education, including reviews of children's and YA literature. Other issues discussed include, but are not limited to, educational technologies, digital learning, early literacy, librarian-teachers, e-reading devices in the classroom, learning strategies, teens and reading, etc.

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

100 Scope Notes
Travis Jonker
Travis is an elementary school librarian who reviews children's literature on this blog and occasionally for School Library Journal.

21st Century Collaborative
Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
Sheryl is a 20-year educator who has been a classroom teacher, technology coach, charter school principal, district administrator, university instructor, and digital learning consultant.

21st Century Teacher Librarian
Rich Meland
Rich is currently making the transition from English teacher to teacher-librarian at Sunnyside High School in Fresno, CA.

A Book Dork
This YA librarian from Dover Town Library focuses mainly on teen books but reads a little bit of everything. The only genre she doesn't gravitate towards is mystery.

The official weblog of the American Association of School Librarians.

Alice in Infoland
Alice H. Yucht
Reflections on realities, illusions, and magic potions for school/library/life.

Almost Librarian
Valerie Baartz
A celebration of early childhood education and early literacy. All about quality resources including children's literature, free online resources, links to quality web sites, interviews with authors, and more.

Always Learning
Kim Cofino
A place to reflect on Kim's teaching and learning as an educational technology facilitator in international (English-language) schools around the world. Kim is the Technology and Learning Coach at Yokohama International School in Japan.

Elisabeth Abarbanel
A dialog between school librarians of all types, especially from independent schools. Conversational in tone, the blog brings our community together by touching upon ideas and issues that could positively impact teaching.

beccablog, teacher-librarian
Becca Stith Munson
By a National Board-certified teacher-librarian at Blue Valley West High School. Heavy on technology and social networking issues.

Bib 2.0
Jeri Hurd
An opinionated exploration of the intersection between library and technology and a discussion of issues and ideas for meaningful use of technology.

Black Threads in Kid's Lit
An exploration of African American picture books and other fanciful topics.

Blue Skunk Blog
Doug Johnson
A sounding board of thoughts from the Director of Media and Technology for the Mankato (MN) Public Schools.

Booked Inn
Ian McLean
A blog of personal reflections of positive teaching and learning experiences to an anticipated audience of primary (i.e., elementary) teacher-librarians. Also a repository of relevant links and resources to support programming at Ian's school.

Books and Other Thoughts
Darla D.
Reviews of children's literature by a librarian, writer, and mom residing in Alexandria, VA.

Booktalks-Quik and Simple
Nancy Keane (with contributions)
Children's literature news and reviews. Nancy is pursuing her Ed.D. and is currently in dissertation mode. Which means most days are spent at the computer and not reading children's literature. Which also means that updates to the site will be sporadic for awhile.

Bud the Teacher
Bud Hunt
Bud is an instructional technologist for the St. Vrain Valley School District in northern Colorado. He is a teacher-consultant with the Colorado State University Writing Project, a group working to improve the teaching of writing in schools via meaningful professional development.

Busy Librarian, The
Matthew C. Winner
Notes from the life of an elementary teacher-librarian.

Cathy Nelson's Professional Thoughts
Cathy Nelson
Designed to offer helpful hints, tips, and tricks to teachers and library media specialists who are modeling the integration of technology in an authentic and ethical manner in the name of increasing student engagement.

Chad Lehman
Teaching, technology, the library, and other related stuff.

Chicken Spaghetti
Books for children and the rest of us, too. Plus resources for school librarians.

Chronicle of an Infant Bibliophile
A blog by an infant bibliophile, "itching" to share her enthusiasm for books with the world.

Educating Alice
Monica Edinger
About Monica's life's work, literature (especially children's), history (especially as it is taught to and learned by children), Africa (especially Sierra Leone where Monica was a Peace Corps Volunteer), and other sundry topics as they come to mind.

Eliterate Librarian
Experiences of a wannabe edtech geek and middle school librarian.

Free Technology for Teachers
Richard Byrne
Written by a Google Certified teacher (available to conduct professional development) and read by a daily audience of 33,000 subscribers.

Girl about Books
All about one girl's booklust. Mia is 21 and lives in Manila, Philippines. The focus is on YA novels only.

Great Kid Books
Mary Ann Scheuer
Mary is a librarian at Emerson School, a public elementary K-5 school in Berkeley, CA. Her mission: to help parents find great books for their kids.

A Teen and Tween Librarian's thoughts on books, reading, and adventures in the library. She also reviews books for TeensReadToo.com

Heart of the School
Caroline Roche
This site celebrates and showcases the work of school librarians in the U.K. Its mission is encapsulated in this quote (prominent on the homepage): "Libraries should be the beating heart of the school, not mausoleums for dusty books."

Hey Jude
Judy O'Connell
As an educator and information professional, Judy is fascinated by emerging technologies, innovation with Web 2.0, and what it all means for schools and school libraries.

Hi Miss Julie!
Julie Jurgens
A blog of stories: stories about being a librarian, stories about libraries, and stories about books written for children and young adults.

Hickey Picks-Young Adult Readers Advisory
Kris Hickey
A reader's guide to popular teen fiction. It gives people an opportunity to foster conversation with teens about the books they read and encourage them to start a book club.

In Linda's Library
A lot keeps happening in Linda's Library. This is the place to read about books Linda likes. (A few she dislikes may sneak in, too.) Find out about other doings, too, like author visits, contests, and various special events.

Anne-Marie Deitering
All about the emerging web.

Fran Bullington,
This blog began in October 2007, addressing topics of interest to school librarians. Books, book trailers, Web 2.0 tools, program promotion, advocacy, and filtering issues are just a few of the topics covered.

Information Literacy Meets Library 2.0
Peter Godwin & Jo Parker
This blog updates the book Information Literacy Meets Library 2.0, published by Facet in March 2008.

Intrepidly Curious
Joanna Eickenhorst
A library media specialist converses about libraries, transliteracy, and the value of information.

Diane Cordell
A personal and professional blog of a retired teacher/librarian who wants to stay connected and involved in education/library issues. The personal musings frequently incorporate elements of literature and literacy.

Kid Tested, Librarian Approved
Picture book news and reviews from a children's librarian.

Because reading children's books never gets old. Contributors include a part-time library science grad student, children's and YA book buyer, and an actor/director.

K-M The Librarian
Mild-mannered librarian by day. Slightly less mild-mannered librarian by night. She keeps the world safe for information literacy.

Anne M Robinson
Thoughts on school librarianship, Web 2.0, and the future of the profession.

Library Advocate
Jackie Siminitus
Harvested from around the web.

Library Grits
Dianne McKenzie
A weekly reflection of Dianne's journey as a tenacious lifelong learner in the Teacher Librarian field as she grows in the profession.

Library Hearted
Sarah Hinkle
Sarah explores the "lovely intersections of books, children, and libraries." After five years as a children's librarian, she is the Assistant Coordinator of Children's Services at Queens Library, NY.

Library Lounge Lizard
The term "reviewer" is too limiting. She is more of a book pontificate or promoter.

Library Stew
By a school media "goddess" at a K-5 school outside of Atlanta, GA, who loves her "family, reading, the Boston Red Sox, and Jon Bon Jovi (although not necessarily in that order)."

Literacy Launchpad
By a Tennessee-based early literacy teacher, passionate about children's literature and coming up with creative ways to get children excited about books.

Live-Love-Library Blog
Laura Allen
Laura's interests are wide-ranging and span continents. So do her blog posts.

Lucacept - Intercepting the Web
Jenny Luca
Head of Information Services at Toorak College in Mt.Eliza (suburb of Melbourne, Australia) is fascinated by Web 2.0 applications and their potential in educational settings.

Lucy and Ethel's Library Schemes
Beth O'Briant
Practical tips, tricks, and schemes for bringing high school students to the high school library media center.

Mighty Little Librarian
Tiffany Whitehead
A passionate, young librarian who is an obsessive reader, social media user, and technology geek. She is also teacher-librarian at a middle school in South Louisiana who is becoming more involved in organizations like ALA and AASL.

Monarch's Librarian Blog
Keisa Williams
A peek into the mind of an elementary school librarian. Keisa is a librarian at Monarch Academy, a K-5 Aspire Public School.

Ms. Yingling Reads
Karen Yingling
Short descriptions of 50 or more YA books each month, along with comments about whether or not the books described meet the needs of Karen's middle school library. Links to author sites and author interviews occasionally appear.

Musings of a School Librarian
Caroline Roche
A school librarian in the U.K. shares thoughts on the role of technology in the school library and how to encourage participation using Web 2.0 tools.

New Trier Library
A discussion of powerful tools that may change the way we teach and learn.

Not So Distant Future
Carolyn Foote
Web 2.0 tools, teaching strategies, and library research tools for educators. Carolyn is a high school and district librarian in Austin, TX.

Oops… Wrong Cookie
Patti C
Several Texas librarians talk about books and stuff. But mainly books.

Pegasus Librarian
Iris Jastram
Comments on libraries, learning, teaching, technology, and information.

Pixelated: eReaders & iPads in the School Library
Fiona Casida
All about technology and embracing e-reading devices in the classroom.

YA literature celebrated and reviewed.

Rabid Librarian's Ravings in the Wind, The
Eilir Rowan
Seeks out strange, useless facts, raves about real and perceived injustices, and seeks to meet her greatest challenge of all-her own life.

An online book community championing teen literacy and corresponding social service, challenging teen girls to read, reflect, and reach out. Awarded the Innovations in Reading Prize by the National Book Foundation.

Reading Rants!
Jennifer Hubert Swan
A site featuring out of the ordinary teen booklists that has been online since 1998.

Lorie Ann Grover & Joan Holub
A board book blog dedicated to raising the profile and quality of infant/toddler books, the first genre in children's literature able to instill a love of reading. Maintained by author/illustrators Lorie and Joan.

Sassy Librarian
Courtney Lewis
The personal blog of the Director of Libraries at Wyoming Seminary College Preparatory School in northeastern Pennsylvania.

School Librarian in Action
Zarah Grace C. Gagatiga
A promotion of Philippine school librarianship and library and information science in general.

School Library Learning 2.0
This blog has been set-up as part of the CSLA (California School Library Association) School Library Learning 2.0 program to encourage "all of us" to learn about the emerging technologies reshaping the context of information on the Internet today.

Serendipitous Librarian
By a teaching assistant in a high school library currently working toward a Master's in Library Science. Greg is attempting to maintain this blog with serendipitous comments and views about school libraries, technology, and more.

Shelf Consumed
Leigh Ann Jones
Library Coordinator for Frisco (TX) ISD, who holds an M.L.S. and Ph.D. from Texas Woman's University, is passionate about libraries, YA lit, book covers, creating readers, and eating French fries.

A blog designed to support senior school literature programs and reading generally at The King's School, an independent boy's school in Sydney, Australia. It features everything from book reviews to critiques on new Web 2.0 technology.

Tech Tips & Timely Tidbits
Heather Loy
A forum to share information, books, news, technology, and issues in education.

Time To Renew
Amy King
Amy's journey as a teacher-librarian. Blog posts explain new tools that she has experimented with, resources from professional development workshops she created, lesson plan ideas and other daily events from her library.

Tiny little reading room
Tiny Librarian
Musings of a too-short girl in the high-stacks world of children's and YA librarianship.

TLC = Tech + Library + Classroom
Tara Ethridge
Finding ways to bring the three together.

Top Shelf
Mary M. Woodard
The spot to learn about the latest thinking and developments in the area of school libraries and library services to students.

Unquiet Librarian
Buffy Hamilton
About a high school librarian's work and practice, particularly about her collaborative learning projects. Buffy also writes about issues in librarianship at large, the application of Web 2.0 tools for libraries, learning strategies, and multiple forms of literacy.

Venn Librarian
Laura Pearle
An independent school librarian's look at the current state of her library and the state of school libraries in general, with a focus on the intersection of libraries, technology, learning, privacy, and schools.

Waking Brain Cells
Tasha Saecker
Books for toddlers through teens. Plus reading, writing, and more.

Jacquie Henry
About libraries and our mission to build creative, ethical, and literate students who will be effective future citizens and library users. A way for Jacquie to "think out loud" and get input from other librarians.

Watch. Connect. Read
Mr. Schu
He is a K-5 teacher-librarian who works diligently to put the right book in every child's hand. Book trailers are one way to connect readers with books.

WebFooted Booklady
Lesley Edwards
Lesley reflects on how social media might be used in an educational context. The blog works in conjunction with other tools: Twitter, Delicious, and Wikispaces.

Welcome to My Tweendom
Stacy Dillon
A blog filled with books for tweensters. Stacy is an avid reader of children's and YA fiction, with the occasional dabble in the world of grown up non-fiction.

Wendy on the Web
Wendy Stephens
Thoughts from a school librarian who reads a lot.

Worth Reading
Amy Bland
Authors, book reviews, censorship, privacy, reading, teaching, technology, teens, and everything in between.

YA Books and More
Naomi Bates
For those who love YA books and anything else that has to do with YA lit. The blog features booklists, technology, reviews, trailers, presentations, and some library humor thrown in that anyone can use anytime, anywhere.

Ya Ya Yas
Three young adult librarians blather about YA literature, YA librarianship, and maybe even the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

Yalsa Blog
M.K. Eagle
On a mission to provide a fast, focused, and flexible format for publishing information about time-sensitive issues such as news in the YA field, programs, conferences, and activities of use to YALSA members and the YA librarianship community.

Yourschoollibrary's Weblog
Mrs. Mac
Pollard Middle School Media Center Blog. Mrs. Mac comments on exciting new books, school wide activities, and things that are happening in the classrooms related to the library.

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