It has become almost a necessity for a school library to have a website of some sort, but having a blog is even better. Media Centers have really become the technological center of a school, and to keep up with the newest technologies for education is essential. These three Library Blogs demonstrate what a modern school Library should strive to be, and their blogs are great resources for any teacher or librarian to use as reference.
Mrs. Lodge’s Library
Mrs. Lodge’s Library blog has been up and running since January of 2012. Mrs. Lodge is a librarian in an elementary school in Massachusetts, and the purpose of her blog is to invite people from around the world to have an inside look as to what goes on inside her school library. She uses the blog to post information about the many centers she has in her library, and she does an excellent job about giving credit where credit is due. She is an active user of Pinterest, and she has a link to her Pinterest account on the blog. Pinterest is an excellent place to find ideas for media centers, and she is open about many of her ideas coming from it. Mrs. Lodge’s blog is a great place to find ideas to use in your own media center, and she posts about how the teachers, administrators, and students react to the different ideas that she implements. One of her blogs, http://www.mrs-lodges-library.com/2014/08/found-friday-5/#.VRWFRlJ0wdU, goes over a few of the apps she uses in her centers. It is definitely an example of great information that her blog provides.
Life in the Library
Denise Borck is the media specialist at William James Middle School in Georgia. She has been in the education field for over 20 years, and she has been a media specialist for 15 years. She loves books and technology, and it is obvious from her blog that she takes her role in the technology field very seriously. I love that her blog is neat, clean, and easy to read, and the information she provides is useful and honest. My favorite portion of her blog are the book reviews. In my future blog as a media specialist I believe that having book reviews will be essential. I haven’t seen many book reviews from the other blogs I have visited, and it really does make sense to provide students with opinions regarding books. The library was first and foremost the place to gain a love of reading! Here is a link to one of her blog posts about the media center’s book club: https://dborck.wordpress.com/2015/03/17/book-club-receives-the-eighth-day/.
The Unquiet Librarian
The title of this blog, “The Unquiet Librarian” caught my attention right away. Media Centers are no longer the places where everyone must be extremely quiet. They have become technology centers for many schools, and reading isn’t the only thing taking place in a 21st century school library. The Unquiet Librarian is the school librarian for Norcross High School in Georgia. Her blog includes the many activities that her library has, and she is honest about how well each activity works or doesn’t work. Her blog includes cool charts and lesson plans, and she asked for feedback from those librarians who read her blog. This blog, https://theunquietlibrarian.wordpress.com/2015/02/19/circuits-curiosity-and-inquiry-physics-and-team-nhs-learning-studio/, is a great example of how active she is with her students, her blogs, and their works, and she even uses video as an extra way of getting her points across.