2010 in Review

Today, WordPress.com provided me with information concerning this blog’s 2010 status.  I thought readers might be interested in some of that information as well as how I hope to use it to improve this blog.

From WordPress.com

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

A Boeing 747-400 passenger jet can hold 416 passengers. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2010. That’s about 24 full 747s.

In 2010, there were 43 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 142 posts. There were 69 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 24mb. That’s about 1 picture per week.

The busiest day of the year was March 15th with 269 views. The most popular post that day was Warning! We Filter Websites!.

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were Google Reader, schoollibrarywebsites.wikispaces.com, librarystuff.net, google.com, and mail.yahoo.com.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for building blocks, informania, edward cullen, questions, and word collage.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

Warning! We Filter Websites! March 2010
1 comment

2

Promoting Books July 2009
7 comments

3

Advocacy: Annual Reports June 2010
6 comments

4

Discovering New (to me) South Carolina Talent November 2010
6 comments

5

Advocacy: Monthly Reports November 2010
6 comments

Thoughts

First, how readers discover this blog amazes me at times.  I often check to see what search terms drive people here.  They usually include the title of this blog but the other terms change with time.  Point:  Edward Cullen.  One post mentioning his name seems to have driven quite a bit of traffic here;  I’ m sure those searchers were a bit disappointed.

Since this blog concerns school library matters and educational technology uses I would have expected more readers to use terms concerning those fields to locate information here.

Lesson learned: Perhaps the tags I use need tweaking.  I need to study the tags other school librarian bloggers are using.

Second:  It’s very interesting to  me that although 269 people viewed the post “Warning! We Filter Websites!,” the only comment on it was a pingback from a mention on another site. Looking back at the post, though, I noticed that I didn’t invite comments on the illustration.

Lesson learned: Because I value other educators’ opinions and enjoy conversations that challenge my views and encourage me to see a topic from other vantage points, I need to remember to invite readers to comment.  I am indebted to those in my personal learning network for their inspiration and encouragement.

Finally, can I get even 10% of the ticket costs for those 10,000 Boeing travellers?

In what others ways can I use this data to improve the conversation?

Methods to Assess Learning in the Library Media Center

Are You Ready to Rumble?

Is your school library program worth fighting for?  Is it worth preventing a fight for its preservation?

Folks, you REALLY don’t want to see an angry librarian.  If you thought he was angry when he had to straighten the display you knocked over in your hasty exit to avoid being tardy for class, think again. If you thought she was angry when you couldn’t find that overdue book in your locker or bookbag or room, think again.  If you thought he was going to hit the ceiling when you used a proxy to get around the Internet filter, think again.

Try telling the librarian that her budget, program, or job is being cut.  An angry librarian, a truly angry librarian, is not a pretty sight.  However, there is hope.

Preventing the Angry Librarian Population from Growing
A good friend and fellow school librarian , Heather Loy, has written an excellent post challenging school librarians to answer some tough questions in these times of budget cuts.  Arming ourselves with evidence to support our answers, we might just be able to save our programs.

  • Will my principal fight for me – if he’s given the opportunity?
  • Have I given him reason enough to fight for me/my program – have I had an impact on student achievement and learning?  If so, how?
  • In this Internet age, why am I still relevant?
  • Also, how are the other media specialist in my district perceived?  Will their actions/inaction reflect back on me positively or negatively?

~http://hloy.edublogs.org/2010/03/28/tough-questions/

She admits she also needs to answer these questions and then says, “I need to document and advocate for how I and my program are essential to my students and school.”

Methods to Assess Learning in the Library Media Center

School library programs across the United States are on the chopping block.  How can I ensure that my program won’t be one of them?  I need to gather evidence that my program adds value to our students’ educational experience and helps them to become  information literate.

I’ve been a fan of Tom Barrett’s  “Interesting Ways” presentations for some time.  Instead of creating  wikis where educators collaborate to build shared knowledge, he has created presentations in Google Docs and invited others to add ideas.  The visual aspect of these presentations and their format (each idea is limited to one slide) is refreshing.

Why not use the same method to cull assessment ideas for library media centers?

Unfortunately, WordPress.com will not allow me to embed a Google Docs presentation in my blog so I have included a screen shot.  I started the presentation with three methods for assessment in the media center and hope other school librarians will contribute to the presentation.

To view the presentation, please go to http://bit.ly/MCAssessment.

Please share this presentation with other school librarians so that we can all benefit from our shared knowledge and practices.  Email it, tweet it, Facebook it, Diigo it, Delicious it, blog it….the phrase “the more, the merrier” certainly fits here.

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