Blogging for the record

Creating a blog as an online journal:

I have had a blog since around 2003. The site was mostly used as a static online resume for years. In May 2014 I began to blog in earnest. The purpose for blogging was not to create a “following” but instead to create a record of significant projects and happenings in my library. A goal to blog about once a month was set. I have found in the past year, however, that I post a little more than once a week, 55 posts in 2015 to be exact. That is in addition to the seven posts for the KQ blog. If someone had told me that I would write so much in one year, I would not have believed them.

Too busy to blog?

So you may ask, how do you find the time to write?  The answer is “right away.”  I try to record things immediately.  Otherwise, procrastination, doubt, and second guessing come up, and I fail to record the project or happening.  I have found that the lack of record, brings me more regret than the occasional missed comma or unfortunate auto-correct.  The records are the wonderful reward of blogging on a regular basis.  I can look back on significant collaborative projects and share them with faculty and students depending on the topic.

Here are some projects from last year that I have already looked back on to share with someone, tweak a lesson, or just remember fun events.

How do I start my own blog?

If you want to start your own blog to journal your library work there are many free tools to get started blogging.  You can use WordPress and Blogger for free.  If you do not want to go to the trouble of setting up a blog, there is a posting feature within LinkedIn that works very well.  The benefit of using LinkedIn is that your connections see the posts when they check in with the site.  Some users even have notifications when connections make a post.

I want more than just a record!

If you want to have a serious blog, then there are many examples out there of school librarians and others doing a fabulous job.
Here is my list of favorite Bloggers:
 Feel free to add your favorites in the comments section.
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Author: Hannah Byrd Little

I’m a dedicated Library Director at The Webb School of Bell Buckle, leveraging my background in higher education libraries to guide students through the crucial transition from school to college and beyond.

I am honored to have served as the AASL Chair for the Independent School Section in 2023 and am excited to begin my upcoming role as Director-At-Large for the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) later this year, following my previous experience as a Member Guide in the AASL Emerging Leaders program. These appointments reflect my commitment to advancing library education and professional development on a national scale.

With experience in state-level leadership through the Tennessee Association of School Librarians (TASL), including serving as TASL President in 2012, I bring a wealth of knowledge to my role. My educational background includes certifications as a Library Information Specialist for PreK-12th grade, a Bachelor of Science in Communications (Advertising & Public Relations), a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies (Education & Information Systems), and a Master’s in Library and Information Science.



Categories: Blog Topics, Community/Teacher Collaboration, Professional Development

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3 replies

  1. Awesome post! I love seeing the importance of blogging being brought up here. For me, blogging has been a fantastic way to keep a record of the projects and programs I’m doing and to share what I’ve learned with others. I think we could all benefit from creating an open record of what we’re doing – sharing for the win! :)

  2. Thanks, Diana!
    I will add http://renovatedlearning.com/
    To my follow list!

  3. Hi Hannah,
    Thanks for the great post. I completely agree. I just recently started a blog, for many of the same reasons you mention. It also helps me remember cool resources, or forces me to take a more through look at apps, websites, databases, etc. This really helps me to promote them to teachers and students as I have a better understanding of how it looks. My blog: theinspiredlibrarian.com

    Librarian Little is such a perfect name,

    Kendra

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