Lesa's Book Critiques has been nominated for The Library Blog Awards. This is what it says on the website for Salem Press.
"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. (Well, not solely at Salem's whim. We are represented on this panel by Peter Tobey, a publisher, editor and author who now works at Salem Press.) We've also enlisted some terrific judges from other walks of life:
"The Editor Judge: Mirela Roncevic, Editor-in-Chief of IGI Global's forthcoming Advances in Library Information Science book series. Prior to her current position, Mirela was Senior Editor at Library Journal, where she directed the magazine's coverage of print and electronic reference sources, managed arts, literature, and philosophy reviews, and wrote extensively on the state of online publishing and librarianship.
"The Public Library Judge: Barry Miller, Acquisitions librarian at Austin Public Library, a frequent contributor and reviewer for Library Journal, and one of the best writers in the library world.
"The Academic Library Judge: Brian Coutts is head of the Department of Library Public Services at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green. He's co-author of three reference books and a contributor to several others. No stranger to the judging business, Brian has selected the "Best Reference Sources of the Year" for Library Journal for more than two decades. He chairs the Resources for College Libraries Editorial Board and serves on the ACRL Publications Coordinating Committee.
"The Academic School Library Judge: Caroline Geck, a school librarian at Peshine Avenue Preparatory School in Newark, New Jersey. Caroline is a frequent reviewer in a variety of categories for both Library Journal and School Library Journal.
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."
My notification of this nomination said, "Congratulations. Your blog has been nominated for a Library Blog Award by readers of it. You should be thrilled so many think so much of what you have to say. You are among a number of nominees that our judges will consider. Best of luck to you. We hope that our awards will publicize the most interesting, entertaining and provocative library blogs out there."
What an honor to be nominated! This is an award I don't expect to win, because my blog isn't really about libraries. It's about books. I originally started it to share my excitement about books and reading with other readers who equally enjoyed books. I think we do share our enthusiasm here, and I thank everyone who takes time to read or comment. We're all in this wonderful world of books together.
So, thank you to whoever nominated me. Let's continue to share that love of books!