I was delighted to hear that Jean (Mev) Thomas, author of The Faculty Librarian blog, received a Faculty Special Award for Excellent Service to the Faculty from her university (Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University).
I mentioned Jean’s blog right at the end of a post about library blogs some time ago, as an example of a good/excellent library blog, and since then she’s kept in touch. The good news is that as a result of the award, her Faculty is sponsoring her to attend the Internet Librarian International conference in London at the end of October, where she’ll be able to go to presentations by informed people such as Karen Blakeman, Phil Bradley, Brian Kelly, Alison McNab, Marydee Ojala and more, and swap stories from Port Elizabeth.
Awards like that are an excellent way to reward special effort. More universities should do the same or similar.
Check out The Faculty Librarian for an example of a library blog which shows what you can do with some enthusiasm and good ideas.