2011 Salem Press Library Blog Award Winner!

I was wonderfully surprised and honored this week to learn that I am the winner of the School Library division of the 2011 Salem Press Library Blog Awards!  I’m deeply appreciative of this award and thank the judges and all who voted for my blog; I’m also humbled and happy that my thinking aloud in this space is helpful, informative, and inspiring.  This blog is a vital reflection medium for me that is the ongoing story of my growth and continued evolution as a professional.  Additionally, this blog has connected me with so many wonderful library and education professionals who share their ideas and push my thinking—a heartfelt thank you to all who take time to read my posts and who have joined me on this journey!

If you are looking to diversify your blog reading, I encourage you to check out this year’s nominees and winners (winners are in bold print).

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

Celebrations, Round 2

It is with heartfelt humility and gratitude that I thank the Georgia Library Media Association for selecting me as District Library Media Specialist of the Year for the North Central Georgia District and a finalist for the Georgia Library Media Specialist of the Year, which will be announced at COMO 2010 ( Georgia Council of Media Organizations) in Athens, Georgia.

Roll Out The Red Carpet: It Is Time to Vote on the 2007 Edublog Awards!

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Are you wondering how to use cool new web 2.0 tools, especially blogs, in your classroom?  Are you looking for inspiration or quality examples of how to use blogs in educational settings?  Surf over and look at the nominees for the 2007 Edublog Awards!  Edublogs, a blogging site owned by WordPress, is designed especially for educators.   Although Edublogs is “blocked” here in our district, you can override the filter by clicking the “continue” button if you wish to browse these blogs at school.  Better yet, set aside a few hours to enjoy some hot chocolate on the sofa while you explore these outstanding and exceptional blogs!  Drum roll please……and the nominees are:

1. Best individual blog

2. Best group blog

3. Best new blog

4. Best resource sharing blog

5. Most influential blog post

6. Best teacher blog

7. Best librarian / library blog

8. Best educational tech support blog

9. Best elearning / corporate education blog

10. Best educational use of audio

11. Best educational use of video / visual

12. Best educational wiki

13. Best educational use of a social networking service

14. Best educational use of a virtual world