Stated within the educator blog, blogging is an excellent tool for sharing, discussing, and incorporating different ideas and tactics in the realm of education. Certainly some ideas and themes can be observed within blogs, and then implemented within schools. Where the Educator Blog was targeted for the use of teachers, the Library Blog targets both the purpose and benefit of school libraries/media centers to use blogs as well as student use of blogging during scheduled library/media center time. The following blogs were rated as the top Library Blogs by “Teaching Certification and Education Online Guide.”
First blog review: http://mrlibrarydude.wordpress.com/
This blog has been created to identify and discuss why libraries may incorporate the use of blogging. Although the general theme is why the library is no longer just a place for books, the blog examines and discusses how the growing field of technology is changing school libraries. For instance, one post titled “Why We Weed: Book Deselection in Libraries” examines why modern libraries are “weeding” through their collection of books and removing them from the shelves. Although this is shocking at first, the post actually examines the positives of “weeding” by stating that this process is very important. Weeding removes books from the library that are damaged, not in use, contains incorrect or outdated information, take inventory of books, and to promote the use of online and non-print materials.
Mr. Library Dude blogs about related topics to media specialist as well as technological discussions, but he is also personal within his blogging by describing his personal experiences and current events. In one of his blogs where he discusses a new job he has been given, he describes the new skills he is discovering, learning and practicing which demonstrates a sense of reflection within the blog. Personally, I found that learning from both scholarly materials as well as personal reflection go hand in hand within my overall learning process because I can relate the textbook filled with uncommon word usage and relate it to everyday language and life.
I found that this blog is targeted for a younger crowd containing humor and use of common, slang language. This is excellent for secondary education because it advertises to students as well as individuals working within library systems. This blog would be an excellent example for students and teachers if a blog creating assignment was ever established because it offers a lot of information as well as contains clear and straight forward ideas and information.
Second Blog Review: http://www.mightylittlelibrarian.com/
Like the Mr. Library Dude blog stated above, the Mighty Librarian Blog is also created to target a younger crowd judging by the coloring and layout of the blog. However, unlike Mr. Library Dude, it appears that this blog’s theme is more broad and vast compared to Mr. Library Dude’s blog which is specified to technology within the library. This blog would fit in well within the Educator Blog I posted, where ideas about teaching and activities used within the library are discussed and presented. Where Mr. Library Dude’s blog is targeted for both student and teachers, it appears that Mighty Librarian is targeted more for media specialists. This blog would work well to present to media specialists at a convention or meeting, generating ideas concerning the media center itself.
One post within this blog that I found interesting was related to social media usage by students and teachers during the school day is banned within the district mighty librarian works in. She argues that this ban on social media implies that, “there is no value to you professionally.” Mighty Librarian feels that social media could be used for professional work for both teachers and students and believes the ban places the wrong image and values on he students. Although this is a debatable idea for most school districts ban social media within their schools, it does bring up a question of concern regarding schools attempting to use technology for educational reasons. She feels that social media teaches students about their digital footprint, can be used for teachers as a professional development tool, and demonstrates how the 21st century learner can use social media as a tool. This post was very interesting to read and brought up a valid argument concerning technology within schools.
Third Blog Review: http://thesassylibrarian.blogspot.com/
I found that this blog, created by Ms. Courtney Lewis from Pennsylvania is a more traditional outlook of libraries in regards to books rather than media center where most technology is found within most public schools. Although this blog may seem to aim at the idea of media centers being the hub of technology use within schools, I found this blog to be important because it encourages students to engage in “old school” reading.
The latest post by Ms. Lewis addresses the new trend in young female readers regarding modern day romance. With books out like “Fifty Shades of Grey” there is a high demand and pressure for young female students to engage in themselves in romantic novels that tend to be more open about sexual activity than previous romantic novels. The post titled, “New Adults: It’s Not Just the Sexy Times” identifies that although this trend of romantic novels may seem provocative, the center themes within these novels are not just about sex. Rather, they are about young individuals experiencing new life choices that they have had to make where parental guides is not involved. Simply put, the novels are about independence. I feel that this post attracts readers of the blog with its catchy title, yet describes this growing trend of romantic novels as normal and appropriate for young female readers aged 18 to 24.
This idea of female independence is also demonstrated in another post by Ms. Lewis regarding a a book her colleague found to be cliche concerning a young female who “finds herself” and falls in love with a “bad boy.” The post again targets a specific romantic book and makes a simple review on the book and how it actually is healthy for young females to go through this phase within her life.
Connection of Blogs:
All three of these blogs offer different ideas and concerns within school media centers. The first two blogs address more of the technological aspect of media centers versus the third blog discussing the more traditional aspect of media centers in regards to book reviews. These blogs have their positive aspects of opening the door to discussion within different fields which serves the purpose of blogs. What is nice for exploring bloggers is that there is a variety of blogs out there to fit their personal interests.