The Busy Librarian
Ducketts Lane Elementary School in Ducketts Lane, MD
Audience: This blog is aimed at school librarians to share ideas and activities.
Frequency of Posts: Matthew has been blogging since 2010, and he usually posts two or three times per week.
Format/theme/loading: The site loaded quickly. The format is two columns with blog posts on the left and links on the right. The right column contains: Popular posts, archives, Shelfari, Awards the blog has won, and a short list of links to other blogs.
Navigation: From the home page, a reader could follow the blog in the traditional reverse chronological format or use the archives. There are a few tabs across the top of the page to other sites that he is a part of: “Let’s Get Busy” podcast, his Tumblr, his Pinterest, SLM Shelf Challenge, and the Level Up Book Club.
Content of Posts: He posts about school librarianship professional development and networking, things that are happening in his library, lesson plans, and technology.
Strengths: I think Matthew is best when he’s posting about projects and activities that he’s doing in his library. He integrates video games and technology into many of his ideas. The Lets Get Busy podcast includes author and illustrator interviews that are incredibly interesting.
Weaknesses: While his posts do have labels, there is not a list of labels to choose from so navigation to posts about a particular topic is difficult. He does not include very many book reviews, and the ones he does include are mostly brief summaries. His writing style is not very conversational, and the tone is mostly factual.
Uses: A librarian could get ideas from this blog for activities to get involved with the larger blogging community. Matthew’s resume is impressive, and his articles and workshops would be interesting to explore for ideas.
2013 Bammy Awards nominee – School Librarians
Top 50 School Library Blogs 2012-2013
2012 Edublog Award Nominee – Best Librarian Blog
2012 Edublog Award Nominee – Best New Blog