Zlata Matskarofski, teacher librarian at the Paisley Senior Campus of Bayside Secondary College has agreed to share her journey of developing and marketing a blog for staff and students. She describes both how and why their blog was developed.
‘The primary purpose of the Paisley Library Blog is for both students and teachers to be able to post Book reviews, which then may be read and shared by other students and teachers,’ explains Zlata.
She continues, ‘The ultimate aim of the blog is to create an interest in literature and promote wider reading. We hope that students will be inspired by other readers through the personal reviews, suggestions and recommendations they post. Essentially, the blog provides a platform and opportunity for students to share their reading experiences, as well as gain from other readers’ experiences.
‘We introduced the Paisley Library Blog to the staff through a Powerpoint presentation at a staff meeting, highlighting that it may be of particular interest to English and English Literature teachers. Our presentation outlined the aim and purpose of the blog, as well as the process involved to get started. The blog has been placed on the school network and is easily accessible to all staff and students.’
Zlata says, ‘The initial setting up of the blog posed its own challenges, which were gradually overcome as we became familiar with the way it was organised and laid out. Persistence and perseverance paid off. The Paisley Library Blog is the fruit of the SLAV Web 2.0 course, which I found to be an excellent introduction to the various Web 2.0 tools available.’
Congratulations to Zlata for developing the blog and the English and English literature teachers for using it with their classes. Well done!