It is time again for the Edublog Awards.   My Google Reader features a diverse range of blogs and informs my practice on a daily basis.    The quality of material in the blogosphere makes it difficult to choose just one per category, but here are my picks for 2009:

  • Best individual blog:  Joyce Valenza, Neverending Search;
    Joyce has a true gift for writing posts that push my thinking and practice.
  • Best individual tweeter:  Bobbi Newman (Librarian by Day)
    Bobbi always has her pulse on ideas and practices relevant to librarians across all specialty areas and is not afraid to ask provocative questions.
  • Best new blog:  Andy Woodworth, Agnostic, Maybe
    Andy is the champion of librarian advocacy and reflective thinking.  He has a talent for helping us to look at challenges in our profession through many lenses.
  • Best resource sharing blog:  David Kapuler, Technology Tidbits:  Thoughts of a Cyber Hero
    David has a talent for finding and sharing the most unique edtech apps on a regular basis; I also appreciate that he shares his thoughts on the tool after trying it out and/or an actual product he has created with the resource.
  • Most influential blog post:  Doug Johnson, “Where are the others?”
    This is the blog post that led to considerable debate, discussion, and subsequent blog posts by many in the school library field.
  • Best teacher blog:  Shelly Blake-Plock, Teach Paperless
    One of the most forward thinking blogs I read and a treasure trove of real classroom life and application.
  • Best educational wiki:  Michael Wesch, Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
    This wiki is an exemplary model of participatory learning incorporating the use of new media and web 2.0 tools for learning.
  • Best educational use of a social networking service:  Classroom 2.0 Ning
    An essential part of my personal learning network.
  • Lifetime achievement:  Karl Fish, The Fischbowl
    Karl generously shares best practices and creates conversations that are inspiring, compelling, and influential.