Librarian Blogs: New and Endless Possibilities

Blogging is a new adventure for me, but I have been searching through library blogs and have decided on three that I would like to review and reflect on the effectiveness of each blog. Below you will read about three library blogs and the purpose of each one.

Blog 1: The Adventures of Library Girl- http://www.librarygirl.net/

The purpose of this library blog is to provide useful information about how school librarians can help students want to read and learn more about the world. Through the wise words of “Library Girl”, this blog also shares information for school librarians on how to create a welcoming library, gain the trust of students, and to have them want to come into the library and read. There are posts that also share challenge winners from school contests, conference reflections, and presentations of workshop ideas.

Post 1: Finding the “Bigger Vision” in Your Work- http://www.librarygirl.net/2016/03/finding-bigger-vision-in-your-work.html

The importance of this particular post is how one librarian can change the world. The post begins with a story that the librarian then has to rewrite. The main goal is for the ending of each story to have a moral of how a person’s overall goal should be about the big picture. A librarian’s big picture goal is to change the world by helping one student at a time. Although there may be other obstacles on the way to achieving the big picture, a librarian should always strive toward the overall goal. Not only did this post focus on the moral of the stories, but how to actually achieve the big picture. The post focused on a librarian could show they were trying to change the world if someone were to simply glance into the media center. Each idea discussed in this post reflects on hard a librarian must work to create a better world for students, by focusing on the big picture rather than the small details.

Post 2: Let’s Share Book Displays That Matter!- http://www.librarygirl.net/2016/04/lets-share-your-book-displays-that.html

In this post, the importance of library space and the use of book displays are discussed. The way space is covered in the library shares how important others should view the library when they visit. This post allows other school librarians or anyone interested enough to read this blog, to share their ideas of great book displays they showcase or have seen in libraries. “Library Girl” asks various questions that help a school librarian really think about why they are showcasing the book displays and how they are going to reflect a positive learning environment for students. At the end of this post, there are book display ideas being shared, which create an effective “use of space” on this blog post. The pictures allow readers to picture how a book display could effectively take up space and encourage students to read more often.

Post 3: #30secondbooktalk Challenge! It’s On! (Like Donkey Kong!)-http://www.librarygirl.net/2016/02/30secondbooktalk-challenge-its-on-like.html

First, I would like to mention how student/(kid)-friendly the title of this post sounds. It sounds like a title that would draw students in and something they would want to read. This post shares the directions for the beginning of a challenge that is going to allow students, teachers, and administrators to vote on which teacher they believe has given the best book talk in each round, until only one winner remains. Not only is this a fun challenge but also students get to hear their teachers talk about their favorite books and why they enjoy them. The purpose of this challenge is to encourage students to read some of the great selections teachers have book talked. The videos of the book talks are even linked to this post, which make it simple for the students to find and vote. The post is very effective because it allows students to use Twitter to vote and to leave comments about the challenge on this blog. It is also effective because students are given a chance to participate in an exciting challenge AND learn about different books they may not have heard before, hopefully enticing them to read the ones that interest them the most.

The benefit of this blog is that it helps future school librarians get ideas to create a better library. There are so many lessons and goals that can be strived for and this blog effectively gives each person the chance to create that perfect library. The main idea is to get students to read and venture into the library and these ideas from “Library Girl” are a great start to making this happen.

Blog 2: Mighty Little Librarian- http://www.mightylittlelibrarian.com/

The main purpose of this blog is to share the “Mighty Little Librarian’s” thoughts and achievements that occur within the school and library. This acts as more of a personal blog that focuses on positive aspects of what is occurring in the school and library. Each post varies, depending on something the “Might Little Librarian” decides to share her thoughts on. I think this makes a great reflective blog because there is room for discussion and thoughts on some of the ideas this librarian has used in her library.

Post 1: My Breakout EDU Obsession- http://www.mightylittlelibrarian.com/?p=1357

The beginning of this post talks about a conference the librarian went too and how she learned ideas that she could incorporate into her own library. She became very enthusiastic about the new game she had learned about and wanted to have her students play as soon as possible. The game was called BreakoutEDU and students were expected to problem solve and collaborate with other classmates in order to figure out clues to open the locks to a box. Even though this is not something specifically relating to the media center, I think the idea of having students work together is great. It was also discussed how it was difficult for the librarian not to give the students the answers or tell them when they had missed a clue. I think this goes along with being able to listen and observe as a librarian, so we can then learn about our students and understand the types of books they may like. The post was effective in that it shared a new approach to getting students to work together while having a fun time in the process.

Post 2: Winter Book Challenge- http://www.mightylittlelibrarian.com/?p=1338

This post shares a reading challenge that is going to be a fresh start to the New Year. The description for the challenge is presented in the beginning of the blog post and the actual challenge is shared last with a picture. The “Mighty Little Librarian” shares her own thoughts about book challenges and how it will allow students to read out of their comfort zones and read a broader range of books. This is a new challenge than I have seen before and adds to my ever-growing ideas for my future librarian career. Each book in the challenge must fit into a specific category. This post is very effective because it shares a new idea that will allow students to read numerous books and branch out into other genres they may not have known they were interested in until the challenge.

Post 3: Operation Weed and Genrefy- http://www.mightylittlelibrarian.com/?p=1370

The focus of this post is to share, not only how important weeding of books is, but how time-consuming the process can be. It is also a worthwhile process because the remaining books in the section that has been weeded will be the best ones for students to continue checking out. The section will probably also end up being more organized, as you can see from the multiple pictures the “Mighty Little Librarian” shared in this post. The librarian documented her steps along the way to weeding her fiction section. I think by including pictures, she is allowing other librarians and even students to see the hard work that needs to go into weeding and selecting the best books to keep in the section. She also took the time to genrefy the books and put them into sections that best fit their topics. This post is very effective because it shows how these processes need to be done, even if they are time-consuming. The overall end result will be wonderful for the library and students.

The “Mighty Little Librarian” shares her thoughts and ideas about her school and library that can help other librarian’s create new plans for their own libraries. Each post is dedicated to promoting a great library atmosphere that will encourage students to grow, learn, and read.

Blog 3: The Daring Librarian- http://www.thedaringlibrarian.com/

The main purpose of this blog is to share engaging ideas that will create a better library and place where students will want to come. The different posts go through extensive processes of each idea the “Daring Librarian” has used and her failures and achievements with each. The way she ends up solving any failures and the next step with achievements is also an important aspect of this blog. The post is also very student friendly and has many animated diagrams that would seem to draw students into reading more posts.

Post 1: Got Charge? Inside My BYOD Charging Lockers- http://www.thedaringlibrarian.com/2016/05/got-charge.html

This post is very extensive and shares how the “Daring Librarian” tested out a new idea she had thought of to try and get more students to come into the library. Since many schools are starting to use the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy, the librarian came up with the idea to have a charging station in the library, where the students could charge their devices and read while they waited for them to charge. What a great way to get students off of their devices for a while and sit down to read a good book. Of course there were obstacles along the way, but the “Daring Librarian” shared each step of how she overcame the obstacles and worked to make her idea better.

Post 2: NEW Google Image Search Save- http://www.thedaringlibrarian.com/2016/05/new-google-image-search-save.html

This posts serves to explain a new technology feature the librarian found and wanted to share with anyone reading her blog. It is also something she plans on sharing with other teachers and students, but the blog allows other readers to learn and access the new feature as well. The “Daring Librarian” explains how to search on Google images and save those certain searches. However, as there usually is, there are bound to be some issues. But no worry, the “Daring Librarian” shares her thoughts on the idea and how she has worked to fix the problems. She shares examples on how to navigate the Google search and save feature. This post is effective because it shares a new technology feature that can be used for research papers or presentations that many people may not have known about.

Post 3: A Shockingly Private Blog Post About Social Media-http://www.thedaringlibrarian.com/2016/04/a-shockingly-private-blog-post-about.html

Shockingly, this post is about social media. The “Daring Librarian” is all about creating a positive digital footprint and posting nothing that is private or too personal. She shares both good and bad examples of something that may be tweeted or shared on social media accounts. The post is very effective in showing how unprofessional comments on social media can look bad in the eyes of future employers. Even if you choose to re-tweet or like a comment, it reflects back onto you. This post helps students understand that while social media can be useful when used professionally, it can be a hazard if used in the wrong way. Her message is to make sure you are only sharing what you would want a future employer to see if they were going to be searching through your social media.

The “Daring Librarian” writes blog posts that want the best for students. Any way to create a better learning environment is one of her main goals. She shares ideas in student-friendly language and has numerous pictures and animations to go alongside her thoughts and ideas. Each post is vibrant and colorful and the personality of the librarian really shows through. Most of all, the librarian is willing to go through multiple failures to reach the best success she can to help her students.

And Finally…

As an overall summing up of all the library blogs I have viewed, I would love to begin a library blog once I am working in the school system as a librarian. There are so many new ideas I have viewed, just from the three blogs described above. I cannot imagine the other ideas I will be able to find when I search other librarian blogs. In order to incorporate blogging into my future school library, I would share the already established blogs with teachers and even students and then brainstorm their ideas on what they might want me to include in a blog. This could potentially allow teachers and students to understand how important blogs can be to share information and possibly lead them to create their own blogs. I would make everyone in the school building aware of my library blog through email and announcements. The library blog could reach out to the community and invite people to read about what is happening in the school and library. My library blog would help with professional development because it would provide numerous examples of how to create a better and more positive library environment.

“Over the succeeding weeks, my blog became my journal, my family newsletter, my therapy session, my creative release, and my photo album”. This quote by Carie Windham enlightens us as to how important a blog can be. In the educational setting of a library, a blog can be used for numerous ideas. Book challenges, new technology ideas, personal favorite books, personal opinions on a subject, the list can go on and on. The purpose of a blog is that is can reflect any idea that comes to mind and share new ideas with anyone that is informed about the blog. There are so many discussions that can be had in any comment section of a blog that can allow the blogger and reader to bounce ideas off of one another and create more and more ideas than there originally were from the first post. Making students and teachers aware of the possibilities of a blog can only help to create a better learning environment for students.

Resources Used:

“Mighty Little Librarian | Librarian Tiff’s Blog.” Mighty Little Librarian. Word Press, 2016. Web. 15 June 2016.

“The Adventures of Library Girl.” The Adventures of Library Girl. Blogger, n.d. Web. 15 June 2016.

“The Daring Librarian.” The Daring Librarian. Blogger, n.d. Web. 15 June 2016.

Windham, Carie. “Reflecting, Writing, and Responding: Reasons Students Blog.” Guide to Blogging. Eli Discovery Tools, 2007. Web. 15 June 2016.

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3 thoughts on “Librarian Blogs: New and Endless Possibilities

  1. As I was reading your post I was reminded of how beneficial blogs are for sharing and gleaning new ideas. I especially enjoyed reading about some of the innovative ideas librarians are implementing, such as the charging station. That’s something that I likely would not have thought of on my own! I also appreciated your thorough review of each blog and found it to be very well-written!

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  2. I really liked your review of The Adventures of Library Girl. I wish I would have taken a closer look at it before. What a great resource to new (and veteran) librarians. I feel like it the first librarian blog I looked at that could really help me as I branch out into this new career. Jennifer was so down to earth and user-friendly.

    Did you get a chance to look over her most recent post, “Five Ways School Librarians Can Meet The Needs of Students in Poverty?” That topic holds a place in my heart after having a training years ago from Ruby Payne’s book A Framework for Understanding Poverty. Jennifer shared some interesting research about how growing up in poverty can affect your education, but in a way that connected more closely to the school library. For example, she shared, “growing up in a household with 500 or more books is ‘as great an advantage as having university-educated rather than unschooled parents.'” It’s pretty amazing to think about what kind of influence we have on students as librarians.

    “The Adventures of Library Girl.” The Adventures of Library Girl. Blogger, Web. June 18, 2016.

    Payne, Ruby. A Framework for Understanding Poverty. Highlands, TX: Aha! Process, 2005. Print.

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  3. I really enjoyed reading your blog. It was well written, organized, and easy to read. Your comments made me want to go back and look at all of the librarian blogs again. I especially loved the posts that you highlighted from The Daring Librarian. I think having a charging station at the library where the students can read and charge their devices at the same time is a great idea. I also love the post where she talks about social media and uses real examples to highlight the “do’s” and “don’t” of posting online. I think that your ideas about creating a library blog is fantastic. Those ideas of displaying links to other blogs and showcasing favorite books, technology ideas, and book challenges would enhance any school media specialist program.

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