The winners of the first Salem Press Library Blog awards were just announced - congratulations to:
General Library Blogs
- First place: Libraries and Transliteracy
- Second place: Centered Librarian
- Third place: librarian.net
Quirky Library Blogs
- First place: Awful Library Books
- Second place: Library History Buff
- Third place: Going Green At Your Library
- Another Third place: Judge a Book by its Cover
Academic Library Blogs
- First place: No Shelf Required
- Second place: Resource Shelf
- Third place: The Kept-Up Academic Librarian
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.