This week in class, we learned about a library having a blog and the educational value it can have. When thinking about designing a website for my future library, adding a blog would be very beneficial to my library. I think I would make it a combination of my blog, advertising the library’s activities, and a place for students to have a voice.
In the article, “Diary of a Blog: Listening to Kids in an Elementary School”, Janine Cowan discusses some of the educational trends that the blog facilitated in her library. Some of these trends were: increased interactions with students, the library web page gained greater visibility, circulation increased in the fiction section and there was more communal activity in relation to the blog (Cowan, 24). These tangible results shows the impact a blog can have in a library.
In my future library, I hope to emulate some of the aspects of Cowan’s blog. Having a place where students and teachers can answer questions like, “What is your favorite book?”, can help give the school community a voice as well as a direct connection with the library. I think having a blog would be a great way to connect with students and find out what they really want, or like, about their library.
Another thing my blog can do, is advertise the happenings in the library. I would use pictures of student projects or activities to post on the website (with permission, of course.) Parents and other community members could visit the blog to see what their children are doing in the library. Not only can the blog be a place for student thought, but by showing the activities at the library, it can be a place for inspiration to connect with more teachers, or get feedback from other educators. Not only would I have the blog be a place for students to write, but it could also be a place to showcase student made videos, book trailers, podcasts and so much more.
Some of the AASL standards that can apply to my future blog are:
1.3.4 Contribute to the exchange of ideas within the learning community.
2.1.6 Use the writing process, media and visual literacy, and technology skills to create products that express new understandings.
2.3.2 Consider diverse and global perspectives in drawing conclusions.
Some Common Core Standards:
CC6-8WH/SS/S/TS6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and present the relationships between information and ideas clearly and efficiently.
CC9-10WH/SS/S/TS5 Develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach, focusing on addressing what is most significant for a specific purpose and audience.
Cowan, Janine. (2008). Diary of a blog: listening to kids in an elementary school library. Teacher Librarian, 35 (5), pg 20.