In my search of library blogs, I found many that cover a wide range of purpose and subject areas. Public libraries, library associations, and schools have blogs that offer readers a variety of information and resources. Listed below are a few of my favorite library blogs that I hope to maintain as a I start my career as a media specialist.
The Unquiet Librarian Buffy Hamilton is a high school librarian. Her blog is one that embraces the needs of a 21st century library, school and students. Her blog reflects the successful projects she has done with students, her professional contributions, and collaboration with colleagues both in and out of the classroom. Her blog reflects her personal views but also represents the work she does at Creekview High School . For example in her post, Nook Program @ The Unquiet Library Update, March 2012 she outlines a program she initiated in her library to utilize Nooks. Included in her post was an overview of the program including pitfalls and challenges, a reflection of its success and goals for the future. Her blog has numerous categories listed in a pull down menu including , collaboration, copyright, ALA, issues, 2.0, authors, etc. In her Feb. 18, 2012 post, Share: Ken Robinson- Changing Educaton Paradigms she shares a RSA animate lecture from Ken Robinson outlining the need for educational reform. She offers readers materials from the numerous presentations she has done for AASL, ALA , and professional conferences and webinars throughout the country.
Wow. I am so impressed with Buffy Hamilton’s work. She not only highlights activities in her library but provides support and information to her readers. I my opinion, this is what 21st century teaching and learning should look like. She includes so many topics that librarians of all ages will find useful as they challenge themselves to meet the changing needs of their students. Of particular interest to me is the information she includes on collaborative lessons. Ms. Hamilton’s blog will be one that I will frequent and recommend to others in order to stay on top of ideas, trends, and practices that support informational literacy objectives and global learning. Her blog offers readers so many directions including professional development opportunities, blogs and books that she recommends, and links to other educators who share the same vision for learning.
The Adventures of Library Girl
Jennifer LaGarde is a middle school librarian whose purpose is to share her thoughts about libraries and student learning. She has professional accolades including serving on the NCSLMA’s Young Adult Book Award committee and currently shares NCSLMA webmaster duties. The Adventures of Library Girl blog covers many topics of interest for librarians and teachers. Ms. LaGarde recently attended the NCTIES conference in Raleigh and included her summary and reflection of the sessions that she attended. She also has posted materials from professional develoment presentations that she has done for librarians across North Carolina. The posts she includes are varied ranging from library projects to global initiatives. In the post, What Do You Stand For? Creating a Library Brand that Matters, she encourages librarians to make a stand for their library program and communicate to all stake holders that libraries are just not about book buts about learning. She explains how she became “Library Girl” and how it has enhanced her library program. In the post, Snapshot of a 21st Century Library Program, LaGarde blogs about her upcoming presentation (of which she includes a Prezi ) to librarians outlining how libraries can meet the needs of 21st century learners. Rather than tooting her own horn she uses he blog space to reflect on her program and encourages other librarians to do the same.
I chose this blog because I liked the honest and reflective manner of LaGarde’s posts. Not only does she share her experiences as a professional but she does so in a very easy to relate to manner that helps me in my own reflection. In her most recent post, March 18 2012 she writes about her nomination by Library Journal as a “Mover and Shaker.” Her humble response to this news reflects goals that I think are so vital as I move into my role as a librarian. “I just feel really, really lucky because a) I get to do the work I love b) I’m surrounded (in real life and virtually) by BRILLIANT and supportive people and c) I live during a time in human history when sharing and learning with others is incredibly easy.” Library Girl is easy to relate to and offers motivating insights.
Bulldog Readers Library Blog
This blog is hosted by Julie Hembree who is the teacher/librarian at a K-6 school in Seattle, Washington. Its stated purpose is to share new books, reviews, classroom lessons, events, and visiting authors. Ms. Hembree uses the blog to communicate with parents, student staff and visitors in order to share. In addition, Bulldog Readers Library Blog also links readers with other blogs that might be of interest to the school community including other school and teacher blogs as well as blogs that connect to places around the world. A large focus of the Bulldog Readers Blog is for students to share personal reviews of what they have read. Posted on Feb. 27, 2012,Wonder by RJ Palacio includes not only a book review but an Animoto trailer. All reviews are approved and posted by Ms. Hembree. Pictures and summaries of library events are also included on the blog as well as a pages that outline activities and lessons that promote learning and the love of reading. In the post, A Sweet Papaya Ending, a reading promotion is highlighted encouraging students to attend Read Aloud Tuesdays.
This blog appealed to me because of its simplicity and focus on book reviews, reading promotions and the love of reading. As I think of my own future school library, I envision a blog that has components just like this. Students can have the opportuninty to share ideas, opinions and projects while enjoying those posted by others. Other stakeholders such as administrators, teachers, parents and community leaders can see the value of the library program. The events and activities demonstrate and active library where literacy is valued and celebrated.
The Unquiet Librarian.(2012) Retrieved from http://theunquietlibrarian.wordpress.com/. March 16, 2012
The Library Girl. (2012) Retrieved from http://www.librarygirl.net/. March 17, 2012.
Bulldog Readers Library Blog. (2012) Retrieved from http://bellbulldogreaders.edublogs.org/. March 17, 2012