Sunday, June 21, 2009

Tagging / Indexing / Cataloging

I searched under "school library" in Library Thing and found this tag cloud:

2001 reads(1) 2004(1) 2007(1) 20th Century(4) 21st c.(1) academic libraries(1) advocacy(1) Australian(2) Autobiography(1) books(1) Books and Reading(2) budgeting(1) censorship(1) collection development(1) copyright(1) database(1) education(5) Fiction(1) gt(1) in(1) information literacy(10) information science(1) intellectual property(1) lesson planning(2) librarians(3) Librarianship(1) libraries(7) library(1) library science(4) management(2) non-fiction(5) public libraries(1) read(1) reading(2) special collections(1) standards(1) teaching(8) technology(1) vintage(1)

The tag cloud and information for "school library" is at the following link:

Within that search for school libraries, I found a book entitled Library 101: A Handbook for the School Library Media Specialist. This book is a good resource for a career in school librarianship . Another good resource I found was New on the Job: A School Library Media Specialist's Guide to Success, which I would think would serve its purpose in what the title indicates. Having a simple guide to begin your career in school librarianship would be very important to have in your personal library. This book comes highly recommended at Amazon for any first year school librarians, especially elementary school librarians.

Friday, June 19, 2009


I looked extensively through the ALA RSS feeds list but most of the Children's Literature feeds were only to Wikipedia sites. The updates would only be for changes made to the Wiki site. The RSS feed for the ALSC is not working for that Wiki so I chose to search for "children's literature library blog rss" in Google. There I came across the site that I used my first relevant blog post on, which is the ESSL Children's Literature Blog. I have added this blog's RSS feed to my sidebar.
Having a list of books that is theme appropriate for all ages is a wonderful resource for a school librarian. Since there is a vast difference between a 7th grader and a 12th grader at a junior/senior high school, having these kinds of book lists handy will help find material for students of various age groups and reading levels.


Using iTunes store, I searched for "library" in the podcasts and found "Cool Tools for Library 2.0". As the introduction stated, this podcast is mainly for educational purposes and shows what kinds of tools to use in the classroom and the school media center. For working with students, having new and interesting tools to use to get students engaged in lessons and in what the library has to offer is always essential. It's good to have these kinds of up-to-date posts about new technologies that will work in a school environment. The podcast shows examples and helps the librarian know how to use these kinds of tools for a young audience.

Their blog address is

Monday, June 15, 2009

Related Blog

I used Google Blog Search to find the following blog article. It is from the Children's Literature at the Education & Social Services Library.
I found this article to have relevance to my blog's theme, as it is important to find books that children can relate to. This article shows a list of various books regarding the theme of sibling rivalry, and lists books for all age groups.
As the article states, "Conflict between siblings is a universal theme. Stories about famous siblings from Cain and Abel to Venus and Serena Williams have captivated people throughout the centuries. The following books explore the frustrations of sharing Mom and Dad's attention, dealing with annoying younger brothers and sisters, and learning to appreciate each other."
Having books available that interest children gets them reading and engaged in the task. This is important, not only for young children who are learning to read and are experiencing a new sibling into the family, but for middle ages and teens as well where these issues are still prevelant, and, perhaps, more difficult.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Initial Post

This blog is for the exploration of information I find regarding young readers in school libraries. As a former teacher, I am interested in learning about how to incorportate my previous experience with my new career. When I complete my Library Science program in December 2010, I will be ready to work in the K-12 level. I enjoy working with children and will be grateful to learn all I can about the needs of young readers.