Congratulations to all of the blogs and bloggers – those nominated and those awarded. Thanks to all for your continued support of No Shelf Required, the Academic Honorable Mention for 2012.
Salem Press once again surveyed the library blog landscape in search of exceptional thinking, writing, and information. Hundreds of blog nominations poured in, thousands of votes were cast, leaving our distinguished guest judges with the difficult task of selecting one winner per category.
The public has voted online. All votes have been tallied. The judges have now spoken. Without (much) further ado, we present our list of 2012 Library Blog Award winners, broken down by category and complete with collective musings on what made these eight blogs beat the competition. Continue reading
Today, Salem Press launched The Library Grants Center, a free, online directory of grants for libraries. Developed and Edited by Mirela Roncevic for Salem Press, the grants tool empowers librarians to locate library grant funding sources on the national, state, regional and local levels (US sources). The center is free, requires no login or authentication, and will be updated on a regular basis. It also contains a how-to area with a tutorial, FAQ, and lists of resources.
According to the Salem press release, the web site focuses on grants available to all types of libraries and from a range of sources—public and private— including professional organizations, large corporations, and family foundations. “Everyone’s aware of the financial pressures on libraries. They are enormous and growing,” said Peter Tobey, Salem Press’s Director of Sales & Marketing. “So we were motivated to try to relieve some of that pressure by developing self-help tools for librarians. The Library Grant Center is that tool.”
The Library Grants Center consists of three distinct sections:
- National Library Grants features a sophisticated search tool that lets grant seekers perform simple keyword searches or narrow their search options. A range of browsing options is also provided, including browsing by grant category, purpose, and deadline.
- State Library Grants is a state-by-state guide that points librarians to grant information specific to their state and to the foundations in their area that support libraries.
- Library Grants How-To provides in-depth information on the grant applications process, complete with extensive lists of resources for further research and pointing to grant writing tools available online at no cost. Continue reading
The 2011 Salem Press Library Blog Award winners have been announced. Congrats to all!
Salem Press, a division of EBSCO Publishing (www.salempress.com), the award‐winning publisher of health, literary, historical and scientific reference materials, today announced the winners of The 2011 Library Blog Awards. The annual awards celebrate and reward the blogging achievements of library professionals across the spectrum. Winners in the eight contending categories are:
General Library Blog: Librarian in Black
Public Library Blog: Swiss Army Librarian
Academic Library Blog: Information Tyrannosaur
School Library Blog: The Unquiet Librarian
Local Library Blog: Cecil County Public Library
Quirky Library Blog: A Librarian’s Guide to Etiquette
Newcomer Library Blog: Hack Library School
Commercial Library Blog: Neverending Search
Salem Press has once again surveyed the library blog landscape in search of exceptional thinking, writing and information. After sifting through hundreds of nominations, our blog judges have spoken and their votes have been tallied. Forty outstanding blogs, five in each category, came out on top. We now need your help to narrow down the list of finalists.
To vote for your favorite blogs, click Blog Awards. And thanks for participating. Continue reading
From a Credo Reference press release: Credo Reference, the award-winning online reference service, is pleased to announce the launch of an in-depth new Publisher Collection from Salem Press.
Joining a growing list of 33 other Publisher Collections, all available stand-alone or alongside a subscription to Credo General Reference, the new Salem Press Collection will be offered as perpetual purchase or on a subscription basis.
This new Collection features key titles from both the Critical Surveys of Literature series (guides covering the major writers of world literature) and the Great Lives from History series (detailing the biographies of important people throughout history). Filled with vital content, and including 54 volumes from 13 titles, the Salem Press Publisher Collection offers: Continue reading
From a Salem Press email:
During the past weeks, Japan’s earthquake, the resulting tsunami and damage to several of the country’s nuclear power plants have brought this energy source to the news. The benefits, challenges and dangers of nuclear energy have been much discussed. Sometimes in heated, partisan ways. Since a little historical perspective is always a good thing, we thought Salem might contribute a bit to the discussion.
Salem Press has published a great deal on the history, environmental impact, importance and personalities involved in the nuclear industry. We’ve looked at the matter in several reference sets, from many perspectives.
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We’ve selected four articles (from four reference works) that your patrons and students may find informative. You may download them freely, print as many copies of these articles as you need, and distribute them any way you’d like. Continue reading
Each Friday before the ALA Conference, the Independent Reference Publishers Group (IRPG) gets together to have a program and discussion of issues surrounding reference publishing. The ALA Annual meeting was no exception. A large group of publishers and librarians gathered to figure out, “how did we get here?” A panel of librarians, LIS instructors, reference contributors, and wholesalers, organized by Peter Tobey at Salem Press, presented some thoughts and challenges for reference content and reference publishing. A summary of these comments is below. The panelists included: Buffy Hamilton, a teacher/librarian from Creekview H.S. in Canton, GA and blogger at The Unquiet Librarian and 1/4 blogger for Libraries and Transliteracy; Sue Polanka (me); Dave Tyckoson, Associate Dean of the Madden Library, CSU – Fresno; Bernadette Low, a frequent contributor to reference content from the Community College of Baltimore City; William Taylor, Manager, Continuations iSelect (R) and Standing Orders at Ingram Content Group; and Jessica Moyer, a doctoral candidate in literacy education at the U of Minnesota and instructor of a MLIS reference course. Continue reading
Salem Press has announced its Library Blog Awards. Awards were given in five categories: General Interest, Academic, Public, School and “Quirky” library blogs. First prize in each category is awarded $500, second prize is $250 and third is $100.
In addition, the judges qualified approximately 80 blogs (out of a field of 400) as “notable.” All 400 blogs are included in Salem’s blog directories at www.SalemPress.com/blogs. You’ll also find discussions of judging criteria there (see Blog Thoughts) and short biographies of the judges.
I’m very honored to say that No Shelf Required was awarded first place in the academic category! Thanks blog judges.
For more information, please contact:
Peter W Tobey
Director, Sales & Marketing, Salem Press