Review of Library Blogs

22 Jan

Library Blog #1
Tales from a Loud Librarian
http://www.talesfromaloudlibrarian.com/

Elizabeth Kahn is a media specialist at Patrick F. Taylor Science and Technology Regional Academy. It is a small school with 300 students in grades six through twelve. The purpose of her blog is to inform viewers about what she is reading and share her experiences as a media specialist. For example, she was honored as teacher of the month in her building for December. She also has posts about planning to volunteer at the ALA annual convention this summer. Over the winter break she planned on reading lots of YA books but only read For the Win by Cory Doctorow and The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. She also received a signed copy of The End of the World Club, the second in the Jaguar Stones series (http://www.talesfromaloudlibrarian.com/2010/04/traveling-with-voelkels-to-land-of-maya.html  ) by J & P Voekel. They even included an acknowledgement about her! Elizabeth also mentions an author visit by Laurie Halse Anderson. I’ve been wanting to read Yellow Fever and Chains. I was questioning the effectiveness of her website, because no one really comments on her posts. However, she has a post titled “Glad to Know Someone is Reading This Blog”. One of the students made a remark to her about one of her posts and that made her day. I guess I shouldn’t expect tons of comments either. Also, people will visit your blog but just choose not to comment and that’s ok, too.

Library Blog #2
Librarian By Day
http://librarianbyday.net/

Librarian by Day is a blog full of exciting and informative things a librarian should know. The purpose is to inform viewers of the many things to consider and try out in the field of information technology. This blog seems to be highly effective. There are multiple comments for each post and the posts are about things that are applicable. The first thing that caught my eye was Library Day in the Life. Bonnie Newman hosts this blog and she has a video of a fellow librarian explaining the importance of librarians and why she’s going to participate in Library Day in the Life (http://librarianbyday.net/2008/07/08/what-is-a-librarians-day-like/ ) on January 24th. Librarians will blog and/or tweet what they do all day at work. This is meant to share the valuable service librarians offer their communities. With budget cuts all over the country, this can serve as a tool to advocate for librarians.
Bonnie also has a post about monitoring your digital dossier. She has tons of tips; so, make sure you check it out for yourself! She calls it your Personal Brand and lists sites like: Blogpulse, Friendfeed, and Social Mention to search online postings about yourself.
Lastly, Bonnie actually created an App of her blog for the Android! Technology is infinite it seems. She gives you directions for how to do it yourself, too. She says it took her about 15 – 20 minutes to do it but I know it would take me a century. Bonnie includes pictures of her App on her phone. Amazing!

Library Blog #3
Informania
http://informania.wordpress.com/

Fran Bullington runs this SUPER informative blog. She’s a school librarian at a high school in South Carolina. It has tabs for: advocacy of librarians and libraries, her presentations, and ideas for promoting books. The purpose is to address issues concerning school library matters and educational technology. She has posts addressing: school library newsletters (great idea…classrooms do it…why not the library), favorite YA reads, organizing booktalks, and creating stations for teachers to explore ideas to incorporate technology into lessons. Fran appears to be really effective, too, because WordPress gave her information about her blog for 2010 and she had around 10,000 visits, her post with the highest number of views http://informania.wordpress.com/2010/03/13/warning-we-filter-websites/ , and more stats.

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5 Responses to “Review of Library Blogs”

  1. slm508lbh January 22, 2011 at 2:39 am #

    thank you for the info on the librarian blogs. I choose to comment on the other two. i love your insight.

  2. Fran Bullington January 22, 2011 at 5:02 pm #

    Nikki,

    Thanks for taking the time to visit my blog and including it in your reviews! Elizabeth Kahn’s reflection about not receiving comments on her blog hit home with me, too. After spending hours composing a post, you would like to receive feedback – but it doesn’t often come. That’s why it’s important to keep things in perspective: how often do I read great posts but don’t bother to comment on them? I hate to admit it, but I do it everyday.

    Good luck with your studies. Being a school librarian has been the perfect job for me and I love to encourage others to consider it as a profession.

    • nikkisantos36 January 22, 2011 at 6:05 pm #

      Hi Fran,

      I am so excited that you took the time to write a comment on my blog! There is so much to learn and thanks to weblogs it just makes it so much easier to learn and share. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experiences with the rest of us!

  3. Dog Ear Blog Here January 23, 2011 at 12:29 pm #

    Hey, Nikki, I looked over the LibrarianbyDay blog. You are right on in your assessment that it is a blog about all the things that a librarian should know. I want to get your opinion on the category section the blog. It seemed to me that there were too many categories. For instance, I did not think it was necessary to have a category for conferences and for conference tips, nor for learning and learning 2.0. What are your thoughts on that?

    • nikkisantos36 January 24, 2011 at 12:03 am #

      Hi Paul,

      She does have a lot of categories. Perhaps it’s just her way of organizing her posts for herself. At least you know exactly what you’re getting when you click on one.

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