Thursday, March 11, 2010
The Library Blog Awards from Salem Press
The Salem Press announcement: "As you are probably aware, blogs about libraries have spread across the web. There are (literally) hundreds of people writing about books, libraries, librarians and related subjects. If you count the blogs that come from specific institutions, spreading local news, there are thousands of the things. Some are funny. Some are brilliant. Others, aren't. Salem Press' staff includes many fans of library blogs. We're entertained and enlightened by them. So, we've decided to recognize the best efforts in the field. Not only to praise the praise-worthy but also to publicize the good stuff. To that end, we're hosting something we call the Library Blog Awards. We think there should be a well-organized directory of library blogs and a "peoples' awards" program of some kind to let folks know what blogs are best-liked and most widely read. So Salem Press is going to host the Library Blog Awards. Complete with cash prizes. These awards won't be at Salem's whim. We've enlisted some terrific, independent judges (from journalism, publishing and libraries) who really know their stuff. But we'll go beyond an annual celebration and related hoopla. We will also build a website that monitors library blogs and updates folks on especially interesting thoughts and news. You'll be able to scan the gist of several recent posts and then drill down to the blogs themselves"