Monday, September 14, 2015

Photo Sharing in Libraries, Schools, and Information Organizations

Picking an account to do this analysis on was easy for me, not being biased is going to be hard.  I had the pleasure of hearing this person speak last year at the NCSLMA conference and started following his blog and Twitter feed the next day. His tweets are short but inspirational, funny, and a great way to promote  reading and the media program. His blogs go in detail about ways to promote books, things to do in your media center such as data collection - which can be a hard thing to get, and one of course, his week told in Vines.  I know some of my classmates are not school media specialist and might not be familiar with him, for my cohorts who are this is one Twitter account and blog you should follow.  John Schu@MrSchuReads. You will get a lot of great ideas.
          Mr. Schu is a speaker, teacher, and book advocate. Through his travels he has worked with a lot of authors and illustrators so a lot of his tweets are linked to other author's page. He promotes reading events that are happening around the country.  His post also range from things he has accomplished with his students, to conferences he participated in, and new and upcoming books. He uses book trailers often. His blog profile reads, "

About Mr. Schu

I am a K-5 teacher-librarian who works diligently to put the right book in every child's hand. Book trailers are one way to connect readers with books."
 Here is a quick example of a book trailer he made to promote the new book Marvel.:

Digital Photography Exercise

         When I started this task immediately I thought of "Standard 1. School library media coordinators demonstrate leadership. Element c. School library media coordinators advocate for effective media programs." What better way to promote and advocate for your media center than by "visually showing" the community you represent what is happening in your media center.  The truth is, unfortunately, this is the only way some will ever see the inside workings of your program.  With this in mind, I decided to take the pictures with the statement, "What is new @your library?" as my guiding question.  I used Flickr, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.  I found this was a wonderful way to share the "coming attractions" to get the students interested in what will be on our shelves next. Last year one of the final days of media classes I did a book tasting of the new books headed to our shelves in 2015-2016. I had a student come in and ask me about that book. That made realize the importance of promoting new books even if they are not ready for the shelves yet. The students eagerly wait and have something to look forward to. I have added a photo album page to my school's media page entitled coming attractions.  The students also know to head to our "Read Box" to find the new books once they are ready.
 Okay Sport's Fan, you told me what you wanted and I listened.  Just a glimpse of coming attractions at LCES media center.:
"Read Box"
I wanted parents to see that their child's voice is important to me. So I shared the two new incentives I started this year. The "Check out these "Tree"mendous books. " board. This board is going to be used as  a way for students to promote and share books that they think others would enjoy.
  Check out these "Tree"mendous Books
I aslo started the "Did You Know?" wall in the nonfiction section. The students can write down on a post it any interesting fact they learned from reading their nonfiction book. I can't wait to see what they learn this year.

          I was worried at first that the creations of these sites could lead to violating the school systems rules of not being friends with students on social media websites; however with these accounts you don't have to accept, follow, or friend anyone. You are only promoting your media program and that is acceptable.