Sunday, December 5, 2010

Because They Wanted to Connect: My Tribe and the Edublog Awards

"And it turns out that tribes, not money, not factories, that can change our world, that can change politics, that can align large numbers of people. Not because you force them to do something against their will. But because they wanted to connect." -Seth Godin

Voting is now open for the 2010 Edublog Awards, a yearly opportunity to acknowledge the blogging and tweeting efforts of educators who choose to connect and share online.

The "
Best librarian / library blog" category is a roll call of some (but by no means all) of the best and brightest in my field. I am happy to note, however, that teacher/librarians, and their sites, appear under a number of other headings: I believe that these nominations reflect a necessary broadening of our profession's vision and a continuing commitment to explore new ways to better serve our students and staff members.

Vote for excellence, not for job titles, but be proud of those nominees who represent TLs in this very public forum.

Good luck to my friends and colleagues: Buffy, Carolyn, Cathy, Doug, Gwyneth, Joyce, Shannon, and all the rest of our Tribe.

"There ain't no rules around here. We're trying to accomplish something." - Thomas Edison

P.S. I've been nominated for Best Individual Tweeter. If you feel it's warranted, I'd appreciate your vote!

"The Group" by Grzegorz Łobiński
Badge from the 2o1o Edublog Awards site


Cathy Jo Nelson said...

You KNOW you have my VOTE!!!!

@GwynethJones - The Daring Librarian said...

What a wonderful posting! Very uplifting & thoughtful!...You've always got my vote!

diane said...

I'm already seeing pushback on Twitter: some people are saying that the Edublog Awards are popularity contests.

Well, in my experience, blog popularity is usually generated by the excellence of the content presented.

If someone feels a nomination is undeserved, they can indicate that by voting for a better-qualified candidate.

I'm proud to be among such distinguished company and applaud Edublog Awards for shining a light on what so many of us do as a labor of love.

Unknown said...

Thanks for the great post and list. I've referenced it in my blog post.
My vote for sure!

Cathy Jo Nelson said...

Those pushing the "popularity contest" notion sound like they are tasting sour grapes. If that were the case there would not be so MANY in each category. Edublogs has very fairly solicited nominations and sought to include nominees that were repeated across the blogosphere nominations. I say it is a terrific annual list, and I for one am GLAD to be introduced to so many new names each year. How can it be a popularity contest if these names are new to so many folks?? Why cant the naysayers ever be happy?

I guess they want a program like Google Analytics or egads, Technorati to determine the winners? NOT.

Bobbi Newman said...

Thank you for voting for us, it is an honor to be included with so many great people!