Collector, curator or collaborator?: Suggested PLNs for school library staff

In SCIS's Term 1 issue of Connections, Jennie Bales, adjunct lecturer at Charles Sturt University, wrote an article about the collaborative nature of school library professionals. 

With her article, Jennie curated a list of social networking sites for readers to add to their personal learning network. 'These include some personal favourites and represent a balance of different foci and curators: professional associations, corporate services, teacher librarians, and leaders in the information services field', Jennie explains.

Blogs & Websites

Bright ideas
Bright ideas is maintained by School Library Association of Victoria & State Library of Victoria. The page includes general coverage across multiple aspects of library services, technology and pedagogy. Members can contribute and comment.

Services to schools: create readers
Maintained by the National Library of New Zealand’s Services to Schools, this blog includes content across various aspects of library services, with a strong focus on literature and resource sharing. Members can contribute and comment.

AHS makerspace
AHS makerspace is a school library site maintained by Anne Weaver, with a focus on makerspaces and examples of library practices.

This blog is maintained by Jackie Child, a practitioner with a passion for makerspaces and hands-on learning.

Bib 2.0: Technology and the indispensable librarian
Bib 2.0 is maintained by teacher librarian Jeri Hurd. It has a strong focus on ICT in education, including information on applications, library programs, pedagogy, design and makerspaces.

Children’s books daily
Megan Daley shares her passion for literature with engaging book reviews, plus other matters.

The Book Chook
Susan Stephenson’s website The Book Chook shares a myriad of ideas on children’s literature and reading.

Linking Learning
Linking Learning is maintained by Kay Oddone, practitioner on library matters and PLNs. Very useful for ongoing discussion about PLNs, their value and their theoretical underpinnings.

Heyjude: Learning in an online world
Judy O’Connell shares information on technology, pedagogy and everything online.

The blue skunk blog
A US-based blog maintained by Doug Johnson, a presenter, author and long-serving leader in the field. Doug focuses on technology, pedagogy, and issues he believes the profession needs to face.


Australian Teacher Librarian Network
OZTL_NET’s Facebook page includes general coverage relating to libraries, technology, research, resources and reading.

What a difference a school library makes
Karen Bonanno shares cutting-edge content on all things library related.

Australian School Library Association (ASLA) Online
ASLA on school libraries, education and literature.

Schools Catalogue Information Service (SCIS)
SCIS shares various posts relating to school libraries, information services, and SCIS services.

Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER)
An excellent source for recent educational research and for providing support to the leadership team.

Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA)
The CBCA shares the latest on children’s literature, including reviews. You can also check if your state or territory has a branch Facebook page to keep up with literary events.

Eduwebinar covers the latest developments in the education arena, including technology, pedagogy and leadership, as well as free and paid professional development.

The King’s School Senior Library
The King’s School Senior Library’s Facebook page has a strong focus on literature and writing for young adults.

Curation sites

K–12 School libraries
Susan Grisby scoops content of interest to F–12 school librarians, including new technologies, social media, curation, research, educational apps, and more.

Bookmarking librarian
Sarah Betteridge scoops on 21st-century school libraries, Australian Curriculum, makerspaces and educational technology.

Karen Bonanno
Scoop topics include school library advocacy, web tools, inquiry learning, curriculum resources and educational makerspaces.

JB’s Learning links
Jennie Bales’s diigo social bookmarking site on educational matters, including curriculum, pedagogy, literature, literacy, research and technology.

This Diigo social bookmarking collection includes contributions from a group of teacher librarians.

Are there any blogs, websites, or social media accounts that you would add to this list? Please share them in the comments below. To view Jennie's article in Connections, please follow this link.

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