Edublog Nominations & Shameless Campaigning!

You know how most people say about awards “It’s enough just to be nominated?” Well, I think most people are fibbing! Sure, it’s TOTALLY true that it’s a distinct honor to be nominated! Especially for a crowdsourced award like the International Edublogs Award! And admittedly, I collect these blog badges with undisguised avarice & glee! I also gotta argue with the quote from the cinematic oeuvre Blazing Saddles “We don’t need no stinkin badges” – because yes, YES we do! Oooh shiny shiny!  Maybe because I was kicked out of the girl scouts for talking too much in 5th grade – I just can’t help but love the monetarily free but oh so personally rewarding little square .jpeg that shows that my contemporaries & colleagues feel that we and what we’re doing matter! So yeah, WOW! I can’t help but be psyched that we were nominated for Best Educational Wiki our Daring Tech Wiki! That’s totally mind-blowing, humbling, and a true honor! And sure – I could be all “I don’t care if we win” but that would be disingenuous, and why the heck not try to win!?? LOL  Do you think that Lady GaGa doesn’t want to win the Grammy? Do you think that ANYone nominated for an OSCAR doesn’t wanna get that sweet shiny gold statue? HA! It’s human nature! 

So am I gonna campaign? Well, yes and no. I’m not gonna hire PR guru Donnie Deutsch or the Goodyear Blimp! (Cha ching!) But I am writing this to blog saying YAY! Thank you, We’re honored & Please Consider us & Vote! both with my parents & students and my Daring Librarian blog readers. Is that shameless? YES! Thank goodness I’m totally OK with being shameless!

Here’s how you can vote for us!

(Comic tutorial directions below for my fellow visual learners!)

Best Educational Tech Wiki – Drop down & look for Daring Tech Wiki!~

Ms. Jones, your Daring Librarian, was also nominated in 3 other categories (I know, pinch me right?) If you would like to vote for her,  here are the links & what to look for! Thank you!

Best Individual Tweeter — Drop down the Category on Right to Best Individual Tweeter again & look for GwynethJones

Most Influential Blog Post – drop down last on the list Gwyneth Anne Bronwynne Jones for Lady GaGa Librarians Unite!   Nominated by The Mighty Little Librarian Tiff!  – Thank you!

Best Librarian / Library Blog – The Daring  Nominated by The Library Girl, Jennifer LaGarde! Thank you!


Thank you everyone else who nominated us! We’re thrilled to be considered – and in the words of the venerable Wayne Campbell “We’re not worthy!!!!!!!!!!!”

Directions on HOW to Vote

Here's How to Vote - it's trixy! Click above for larger size. Thank you!


My Edublog Nominations

To celebrate the #Eddies this year I thought I would do my nominating both on my professional blog and here on our NEW! Daring School Library Edublog! The EduBlogger award nomination process is a wonderful opportunity Pay it Forward by recognizing those in our PLN for their hard work and generosity. I wish I could name more than one on several of these categories! Gah!  The Edublog awards have had a lot of buzz the last couple of years (both positive & hater) but I find the event & experience invigorating! I’ve been humbled & honored to be nominated a couple times (first by the amazing Shelly S Terrell! Thank you, Shelly!) and even came in second runner up once or twice! But what I get most from the Edublogs is an ever growing list of great new voices and views to add to my personal learning network.

To practice what I preach about educational thieving, when I like something I STEAL IT!  Here are my cribbed & adapted Edublog nominations! Heh heh heh! If you recognize something that looks familiar to something you nominated or wrote, I hope you’re not mad & take it as flattery! 

  • Best ed tech / resource sharing blog Steven Anderson  & his Web 2.o Classroom blog.  Honestly, sometimes people email me asking me how to do something & if I haven’t blogged about it before  before I write it up for them I check Steven’s blog and Voila! It’s usually there!
  • Best individual blog Librarian by Day by Bobbi Newman   fellow Libary Journal Mover & Shaker Bobbi Newman always has interesting information to share and a unique voice in the EdTech Librarian world!
  • Best group blog I have to agree with Steve Dembo “the DEN Global blog is far and away the best group blogs in the EduVerse. Whether you grade based on quality, quantity, or value to visitors, our Leadership Council bloggers are doing an unbelievable job and absolutely deserve to be recognized for their efforts!” So I hereby nominate for the Best Group Blog!
  • Best NEW blog: Tamara Cox – Eliterate Librarian She’s another Geek Tribe shameless sharer and I LOVE that! She also was kind enough to leave a comment or two on this blog that were so spot on it drew me to her blog & I was hooked!
  • Best individual tweeter: Shannon Miller Shannon Miller has a zest for the new, the challenging, and is a true change agent in her school, district, & community! She also is one of Cengage/Gale and SLJ’s 5 national new library leaders program and a Shorty award winner! Her useful & positive Tweets brighten & inspire me! I also have to give mad props to Steven Anderson Seriously, the guy is a rock star!
  • Best twitter hashtag– #tlchat, This is the hashtag that I always check to keep a pulse on library trends and news. I also like #EdChat a LOT!
  • Best Educational Use of Audio/Video/Visual/Podcast Flocabulary @Flocabulary I’ve blogged about Flocabulary before but honestly, this has been one of the most relevant & incredibly enriching video resources in my school!
  • Best Student Blog Hagan’s World of Awesome @haganemiller – I’m not a little kid person…I admit it. I teach middle schoolers & find most elem kids well, a little whiny & annoying – but this kid is amazing! Sure, I’m a wee bit biased as he’s the son of a friend but seriously – you gotta check out this blog! It’s visual, upbeat, interesting, engaging, and very very AWEsome!
  • Most Influential Blog Post #You Matter…..Two World-Changing Words @angelamaiers I am a huge admirer of Angela Maiers! She’s positive, insightful, and oh so on point! The #youmatter movement – I’m totally behind it!
  • Best librarian / library blogAdventures of Library Girl. This is the toughest one for me EVERY YEAR because within my PLN there are so many wonderful librarian bloggers, but this year my nomination goes to one of my mentees Jennifer LaGarde’s blog! She has consistently inspired me with her creative ideas and passion!
  • Best open PD / unconference / webinar series: TL Virtual Cafe The TL Virtual Cafe is such an incredible FREE PD opportunity offered every month! Participating in this terrific webinar series has helped me to grow so much as a teacher-librarian and it always leaves me refreshed and full of new ideas. Our Geek Tribe is so giving… having so many willing to share makes for something really great!
  • Best free web toolSweet Search for Students.
  • Best educational Ed Tech Wiki: The Mighty Little Librarian’s Tech Tuesdays. I love this series because it helps her teachers learn more about technology, improve their teaching, and advocates for her role as a tech leader in her school. All around a wonderful project. I always get great ideas from Tiff! I’m flattered she considers me a mentor but honestly, it’s a lovely symbiotic relationship where she takes ideas from me & expands them into new fabulousness and I take ideas from her and get continuously inspired!
  • Best open PD / unconference / webinar seriesTL Virtual Cafe– my source for all the latest and greatest in the library world – now co-managed by Jennifer LaGarde & welcoming new moderators Librarian Tiff, Joquetta Johnson, & Shannon M. Miller!
  • Best School Administrator blog: Eric Sheninger – A Principal’s Reflections Eric Sheninger is an inspiring administrator he’s a super advocate for social media in schools.
  • Best educational use of a social network: Joquetta Johnson – The Digital Diva– Energetic and exciting – Joquetta brings it all together from blogs, tweets, nings, to amazingly inspirational sessions and presentations that make you want to jump up and drink whatever koolaid she’s serving. Yeah, she’s that good.
  • Lifetime achievement: Joyce Valenza Joyce is the queen of our Geek Tribe. She’s brilliant and inspirational. She’s an incredible leader and fabulous speaker. She is a shameless sharer and my official mentor. (I never get tired of typing that, right!?) Joyce is also kind, generous, and a great collaborator. With everything that she has done and continues to do to push our profession and education forward, she completely deserves to be recognized!

Why Edublog Awards?

The Edublog Awards is a community based incentive started in 2005 in response to community concerns relating to how schools, districts and educational institutions were blocking access of learner and teacher blog sites for educational purposes.

The purpose of the Edublog awards is promote and demonstrate the educational values of these social media.

The best aspects include that it creates a fabulous resource for educators to use for ideas on how social media is used in different contexts, with a range of different learners.

To nominate, all you need is to:

1. Write a post that includes your nominations on your blog, link to them and link to this site (See an example from 2009.)
2. Use the form at the bottom of this page to send us a link to your nominations


– Nominate in as many categories as you want!
– You can’t nominate yourself 😉
– Nominations must be made somewhere public – your blog, a forum on a ning, a school website, etc.
– Even if you see your favorite has already been nominated, it is best to nominate them again
– Categories are competitive, and only the most nominated will make it to the voting round
– Share your nominations using twitter (#eddies11), facebook, Google+ and email