November 1st, 2014 Brian Herzog
This happened over the summer, and got lost in my "to blog" folder.
A male patron called in and asked when was the next time the girl scouts would be meeting in the library. Since lots of groups use our meeting rooms, it isn't too unusual that someone might forget their meeting time. No, this didn't get unusual until I asked him which troop he was looking for...
Patron: Oh, I don't know.
Me: There are a few different Brownie and Girl Scout troops that meet at the library, but all on different nights and times.
Patron: Well, I read about one in the paper planting trees in a park, and I wanted to give them an award for community service award.
It's the Sadie Award, which is named after my dog.
I want to come to their next meeting to give them the award.
And I want it to be a surprise, so please don't tell them I'll be coming.
It is entirely possible I am overly-sensitive to such things, but this started to sound odd. But in any case, I didn't know which troop he was talking about. So, I told him I'd look it up and give him a call back.
I had heard of the tree planting, and checked the Facebook page for the local Open Spaces Stewardship group (which organized the event) because I figured they'd mention the troop number - which they did.
Fine, but now I also want to research this Sadie Award to see what that's all about. And apparently, it's totally a real thing. I even emailed the head of the Open Space Stewards to see if he'd heard of it, and he had - he said this is an local gentleman who created this award, and goes around giving it to anyone he feels has had a positive impact on the community. And Sadie, his dog, comes too and poses for photos.
Huh - I guess that's what I miss for being cynical.
Unfortunately, I couldn't find this Girl Scout troop number on our calendar, so I didn't know when they were next meeting. I called the patron back and let him know what I had found, and gave him the contact information for the Stewards. Since they coordinated with the troop for the tree-planting, they must know who to contact there about meeting times.
The patron thanked me and was excited to be a step closer to awarding the Girl Scouts for their good work. And I was happy to learn about such a nice thing in town that it seems everyone knew about but me.
June 19th, 2012 Brian Herzog
Salem Press released the results of the 2012 Library Blog Awards this morning - congratulations to all the nominees and winners!
Since I was a winner last year, I was asked to be a judge this year - and it was tough. I keep hearing that blogs are old-fashioned, but obviously the format is still going strong.
Thanks to all the writers and editors who put time into sharing information, experiences, and news with the rest of us - and to Salem Press for annually recognizing the standouts.
June 14th, 2011 Brian Herzog
Hey, check it out - my website won the 2011 Salem Press Library Blog Award for the Public Library category!
What a nice way to come back from vacation.
Thank you to everyone who voted, and to everyone who reads my website. It's great to get feedback that lets me know people find what I have to say useful and helpful.
And congratulations to all the 2011 winners and nominees:
General Interest: Blogs providing broad discussions of library topics and trends, including reviews of books and products.
Academic: Blogs targeting academic librarians and academic institutions
Public: Blogs addressing the challenges and triumphs of public librarianship
School: Blogs covering topics relevant to school libraries and K-12 education
Local: Institution-specific blogs promoting the interests of a public, academic, or school library
Commercial: Professional blogs written for profit, generally tied to a trade publication
Newcomer: Blogs by next-gen librarians who have only recently started blogging
Quirky: Character-driven blogs covering an array of library topics that defy categorization
I read quite a few of these blogs (and quite a few others as well). One thing I like most about the field of librarianship is our spirit of collaboration and cooperation - there is no way I could do what I do without all the people I swipe ideas from.
Thank you again everyone - I'll try to keep earning this.
May 10th, 2011 Brian Herzog
You only have a few more days to submit your nomination for the 2011 Salem Press Library Blog Awards - nominations close May 13th.
Last year's inaugural awards went to some very deserving blogs, so be sure to support your favorite - new and old - again this year.
Read about the judges and full details on Salem Press' website, but here's a bit about awards, nominations, and judging process:
Please share your favorite blogs with us. Doing so will enter your beloved online reading in our 2011 Awards process. We'll be accepting suggestions through May 13, 2011. To send us nominations (including a working link to the blog), email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bigger & Better
This year, Library Blog Awards returns with the same goal—to recognize blogging excellence across the library spectrum—but with a new structure. We have increased the number of volunteer judges (from four to 15) and blog categories (from five to eight) and added a new dimension to the process: the public vote.
After our judges complete the first round of eliminations and finalists are announced on May 18th, we will ask readers and interested parties to cast their votes online. The list of winners (one per category) will follow in mid-June.
Last year I was awarded gold star recognition, which is great. But what I like most about these awards is how they work as a discovery tool in finding new bloggers and resources.
If you are so inclined, send in your nomination before May 13th.
Update 5/17/11: Public voting is now open until June 1st - cast your vote for your favorite blogs (and thanks everyone for nominating me for Public Library blog!)
June 3rd, 2010 Brian Herzog
The winners of the first Salem Press Library Blog awards were just announced - congratulations to:
General Library Blogs
Quirky Library Blogs
Academic Library Blogs
Public Library Blogs
School Library Blogs
I hadn't heard of most of these blogs before this award, so yay for having a bunch of new people to listen to (which I end up doing every year when LISNews announces their 10 Blogs to Read, too).
Another nice side effect of this contest is that Salem ended up with a Library Blog Directory, of all the blogs that were submitted or nominated for the awards. They're divided into categories, General Interest Blogs, Quirky Blogs, Academic Library Blogs, Public Library Blogs, School Library Blogs, which makes finding even more points of view relevant to your field easier. Thanks for doing this, Salem Press.
One last point: my website earned a gold star in the Public Library category, meaning it was judged "to be of significant quality that they stood above the norm." This made me realize one huge drawback of the online world - it's much more difficult to hang something like this on the refrigerator. Too bad for the kids who have to turn their homework in by email or Google Docs - they're missing out.