Aneta Curcija and staff at Strathmore Secondary College library have recently set up their own library blog.
Like many participants of the Vic PLN course, my colleague here at Strathmore Secondary College, Wendy Moyle and I, learned so much about Web 2.0 tools and how to effectively use them, not just to encourage reading but also to promote our wonderful library.Â We wanted a platform whereby we could recommend books through genres and also give students the opportunity to share their reading experiences by interacting with one another and discuss books they loved, hated or were just plain disappointed in.Â We also hope to interest Year 7 and 8 English teachers to engage their students through this blog and encourage a love of reading.Â
This blog is fairly new and we are keen to start some kind of initiative with English teachers early next year.Â For now we are content with posting book recommendations and interesting links and videos and using fabulous Web 2.0 tools to show our current library displays.Â The response has been very positive from teachers and we are yet to hear what students think of it via the comments box.Â Hopefully as the blog is promoted more and more, we might get some responses from the kids.Â Hereâ€™s hoping!
I would also like to acknowledge the library staff at Sacred Heart College in Geelong for their creative way of naming their book genres which has given me the inspiration to do something similar and show that books can be categorised in fun and humorous ways.
Well done on the creation of your excellent blog Aneta and Wendy and I hope that the students and staff at Strathmore become as passionate about the blog as you are.