Posts Tagged blogging

The best blogs

Every year Salem Press names it’s top library blogs of the year for all the fields above.  This year the fabulous In the Library with the Lead Pipe is the overall winner.  I’m a little in love with this blog and yep, I’m going to all it a deserving winner!  In other highlights (actually every one of the nominated blogs is a highlight to be fair) one of my absolute fave is School Librarian Blog of the year.  Jennifer LaGarde is all kinds of awesome.  Her musings on school librarianship give me much to mull over, process and then try to put into action in my daily library life.  I am a huge admirer.  Here she is delivering a keynote recently.  I’m also delighted to note that Cathy Nelson and her professional thoughts was the highly commended blog in this category.  If you are looking for awesomeness in school library blogging these guys are the bomb!  Add them to your RSS feeds and get inspired.

Here is the full list of award winners.  The blog centre will take you to lists of blogs of many types where you find find lots of inspiration.


The Edublog Awards

If you were looking for new and exciting or old and trusty or deeply wonderful and educationally fulfilling blogs to hook up with, then the Edublog Awards time of year is made for you.  This has always been the time of year I find out that my love of certain bloggers is shared by lots of others, and that the sparky blogs you found by accident and happy chances of happenstance are also sparking thought and action for other people too.

Over on the Awards blog they have helpfully made a table with all the blogs nominated on it for your viewing pleasure.  Head on over to here and find yourself some new PLN people.  (View it as a webpage here)

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Blogging 101

Lots of people want to blog (see this post) (or this one) and there are lots and lots of helpful places you can go online to get instructions, including at the various blog providers, but I thought this blog worth taking a look at if you are keen to head down the Blogger route.  Nice clear instructions and fantastic images and screen shots to help you along the way, great embedded document with helpful stuff in there too.  It is called Bling For Your Blog and the blogger is Allanah King of Moturoa Classroom at Appleby School.  She has some great links to her other blogs and presentations on there too.  In fact Allanah King is a bit of an ICT legend.  Check out this article from New Zealand Educational Review, posted on her other blog.  Awesome.

One thing to note:  This is done with the Old Blogger stylings.  The new Blogger stylings are much stylier, and easier to work with.  Now you won’t get the option to choose the older style, if you haven’t blogged on your blogger account for a while you might find the video below helpful.


Inspiration for those who want to blog

In the world there are some people, people who just give common sense, accessible, inspirational and at the same time do-able advice.  Gwyneth Jones is one of those people.  The Daring Librarian is someone who can get me totally fired up and make me go hah! Yes!  I can do that!

Blogging is one of those things that you really just have to make yourself do.  You can’t take an extended break because if you get out of the habit you will get all angsty about doing it.  Slow and steady wins the blogging race in my humble opinion.

Lots of school librarians go to PD which is about blogging, for goodness sake I have delivered some of that PD, lots of people start, few carry on.  It always seems like such a great way to connect with your users, to get your students keen to contribute, to make your staff engage with the library in an online way, to upskill yourself, to get yourself a little patch of the online world you can call your own.  But it is hard to find the time, get inspired, write that book review, decide that what you have to say is important, to realise that if you thought something was cool and worth talking about there is surely someone else out there who also thinks that.  The trick is to just write it down on your blog or share the link.  We are very happy in our school library community in NZ sharing things we find on our listserv, but blogging takes a bit more bravery and gumption.  And it is true that people judge you, I am guilty of it myself, just ignore the critics and get on with it.

So, to the rescue comes Gwyneth Jones with her recent post called Just Blog It! Blogging Tips & Ideas.  Sensible advice, ways to do things, and in a non-preachy, non toney, in a good old just get on with it post.



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Who’s who in the Australian field?

Flickr image by A Surroca

A who’s who in the Australian field of school librarianship has been posted on the Library Currants blog, and yes, they do have teacher librarians in Australia.

We are now well aware of Judy O’Connell – one of the stars of the SLANZA Conference this year, and Scoop-it/Facebook/and anything you name spreader of information including her blog Hey Jude – the woman never sleeps!  But there are lots of others who have wonderful blogs and ways of sharing information whether via Scoop-it or on their blogs.

If you are interested in learning more about Australian luminaries and what they do and where they do it head over to Library Currants and check some of them out.

Some of the names there may be very familiar to you.  Judith Way who used to do Bright Ideas but who is now doing all manner of other cool stuff including the blog The Way Forward,   I’m sure other names on the post will be familiar if you are a Twitterer or follower of the blogisphere.

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