Have you ever wondered how in the world techies keep up with all of the blogs they follow? Well, there is a handy tech tool called a feed reader. Basically, a feed reader, or RSS reader, is a browser add-on program designed to gather and display RSS feeds according to user-definable parameters. An RSS reader can reduce the time and effort needed to check online publications for updates. Below is my explanation of what feed reader I’ve chosen and why.
Blog Feed Reader
The feed reader I chose is https://feedly.com/. It is free and is also available on the Web, iOS devices, and Android devices. Feedly is a simple way to build a news feed about your favorite topics. You can group your favorite sites and topics into “collections,” add custom tags or mark an article to “save for later.”
These and other features make it easy to curate the best articles in your personal news feed. Feedly integrates with most social media apps, so sharing interesting things you find is simple.
Blogs to follow:
School Library Journal http://www.slj.com/
I decided to follow SLJ because it gives a professional yet broad perspective of school libraries for all over the country and even the world. There are book reviews, images and ideas, articles for technology integration, and blog post from current and former librarians. This is a great blog for old and new librarians.
The Daring Librarian http://www.thedaringlibrarian.com/
Gwyneth Anne Bronwynne Jones, The Daring Librarian, is a blogger, a Tweeter, an international Ed Tech speaker, trope and meme archivist, creator of content, a citizen of advocacy, and a resident of social media. Her blogs include social media ideas, book reviews, information about her upcoming events, and other library innovations. Her site also help you by providing links & resources to her keynotes, presentations, and appearances at technology and library conferences.
The Library Voice http://vanmeterlibraryvoice.blogspot.com/
I recently met Shannon Hale at the TCEA Librarian Academy, and I know that I needed to follow her blog. She is a great example of how big ideas can come from small places and small people (children!). Her blog features her students, their projects, and what is happening around their school.
YA Book Shelf http://www.yabookshelf.com/
The YA Book Shelf blog stood out to me because I recognize the need for following readers of YA Lit. The blog’s tag line is “Bringing you the hottest YA novels & news!” The blog also features reviews, interviews, commentaries, and giveaways. This blog is the perfect for a high school librarian looking to add new and exciting literature to her collection.
The Adventures of Library Girl http://www.librarygirl.net/
Jennifer LaGarde (aka library girl) is the Lead School Library Media Coordinator/Digital Teaching and Learning Specialist for New Hanover County Schools in Wilmington, NC. Her blog is a great resource for librarians who need new ideas. She posts book talks, tips, and videos that will help teachers and librarians provide lessons for their students and colleagues.