I have inspired to use edublogs to create an online presence for the school library recently – http://fahanseniorlibrary.edublogs.org My plan is to use it as a tool to promote what the library services are, what’s happening, resources and to post reports. I think by carefully creating good pages with helpful links, information and resources for staff and students it will encourage collaboration, improve relationships with staff to facilitate embedding digital information skills into the curriculum and advocate for the library and its function in the school. On a personal level it is helping me to become more accomplished with a range of technology and forcing me to really think about my role and what it is I want to teach.
I have found that subscribing to a number of professional blogs has supported growing PLN and increased my knowledge of the teacher librarian role and what others are doing to make their libraries vibrant learning centres.
I like the way that my blog can become a central stop online for all things going on in the library. I like that I can embed images, videos and links to make it interesting and lead users to other interesting stuff. It is easy to create and administer and has a very minimal cost. It is also a way to get feedback and comments from students and staff.
Things I have been pondering surrounding my blog and using Web 2.0:
– Use of school and student photos and privacy issues
– time it takes to create and maintain can take time away from other important tasks
– Defining WHO is the audience and making and keeping posts appropriate