Thursday, June 25, 2009

Competency #6- Building Block Search Strategy

For the building block search strategy, I looked up (public libraries or libraries) AND (first amendment or free speech AND controveresy in the ERIC database. I did try and narrow it down to publications in the last 9 years, but it completely changed my search.
The other hits that I got were relevent, but not much has beeen written about the controversy of the First Amendment and library systems.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Competency #5- Tagging/Cataloging

The book I found was Books Children Love: A Guide to the Best Children's Literature
by Elizabeth Laraway Wilson.
Library Thing tags:
2008(1) @kidlit(1) b1(1) best books(1) bibliophilia(1) Bin: MM(1) book lists(11) book recommendations(1) books(4) books about books(2) books and reading(3) carol(1) Charlotte Mason(2) children(6) Children's(5) children's criticism collection(1) children's literature(3) Children's literature guide(2) children (1) Christian(2) complementary(1) education(8) educational(1) English(1) Home library(1) homeschool(14) homeschooling (literature lists)(1) jll(1) Juvenile(2) kids(1) literature(9) Literature Guide(3) literature.children's(1) Living Books(1) mothering(1) non-fiction(4) parenting(2) read in 2006(1) reading(7) reference(16) Resource(1) reviews(1) study guide(1) teaching.

Library Thing Link:

Books Children Love will give you great ideas of children's books to pick up at the library. One thing that is unique about this book is that it is not just a listing for fiction. This book breaks it up into subject area for nonfiction as well. You can get lists in areas such as Art, Animal, Crafts, Drama, History, and many more.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Competency #4

The RSS feed that I choose was from the American Libraries website. I originally was looking at the ALA website, but many of their feeds were not working. On this feed is author interview videos and "What to Read" videos for Young Adult Literature. Many school district have authors that come and visit. But if a school district could not come and visit, this would be a great way for librarians to bring the author to the school.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Competency #3

One thing that I have found with podcasts is that anybody can put one on the web. When searching for a good one for Young Adult Literature, I had to go through a lot of bad to get to the good. I did try all of Dr. Lee's podcast's sites first, but what I found was either very old or not done well. So I reverted to good ole' And that is where I found Horn Book magazine's podcast at The first podcast on the website is all about summer reading. It had suggestions in fiction, poetry, and folklore. Along with the podcast, there is a separate lists of recommended books, from picture books to high school. This would be a great website to have as a resource for any library.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Competency #2

I love Young Adult literature. I have been teaching middle school for four years now, and I see how books can change a student. At the beginning of every year, I tell my students that my goal is to help them find one book that they enjoy reading. I have had many students laugh at me with disbelief. Honestly, many parents even have. But come the end of the year, I ask them if I fulfilled my goal, and 9 out of 10 kids say yes.

The website I found to go with my Young Adult Literature theme is the Young Adult (and Kids) Books Central Blog ( This website has everything; book reviews, latest news, interviews, and much more. As I scrolled down, I noticed so many different forms of literature such as general fiction, fractured fairy tales, graphic novels, historical fiction, and science fiction. When I used the search engine, a lot of different websites came up. The YABC blog is the one that grabbed my attention. The intro to the website states that," The YABC blog is a companion site to the YA Books Central web site! You'll find handy links to the latest reviews, interviews, book giveaways and prize shipment notifications. Be sure to visit the site proper for hundreds of reviews, cool contests, and much more! The blog is just the tip of the iceberg. Or should I say...the first page in the book?"

I hope you enjoy the website!

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Competency #1

I believe that blogs are used many different ways. We are moving into a era where anyone can be a "reporter" and give the news. Blogs are a way to get information out to the masses, whether it be personal news or informative news.
My focus for my Master's is going to be School Libraries with a focus on Secondary. After teaching for many years, in elementary and middle school, I have found my passion.