It is one of life's great mysteries; decide on a topic of interest and suddenly there is a plethora of information delivered to you. After our CMCIG workshop, and subsequent decision to tackle this blog project, two articles published in Library Journal landed in my mailbox.
The first, an editorial in the April 2005 issue, defended a decision made by the journal to publish an article titled "Revenge of the Blog People!" Intrigued, I searched for the article to read what all the commotion was about. While I do not agree with the broad stroke definition presented, or the attitude of the author concerning bloggers and blogs, one of the points raised is that of accountability. We have a responsibility to provide current information in a professional manner.
The second article, published in the Spring 2005 netconnect supplement, discusses blog ethics. "The Ethical Blogger" details a few simple ideas blogs and bloggers should follow. According to author Karen Schneider, there are five rules or "concepts: transparaency, fairness, cite it, get it right, and if you broke it, fix it. We should keep in mind everyone is not thrilled with blogs, their technology, or what their place should be in an academic library. It is important to represent ourselves, our IG, in a professional manner.
Hello All -- Do we want to talk about or contrast blogs with discussion groups like Children's Literature at Yahoo or the Childrens' Books discussion group on About. I get those in one of my news readers and had assumed that the difference between them and a blog was that the blog was a one-person venture. I did not know that we could all co-author this blog. Cool!
I came across this today as I was looking for Praxis resources. It's seems to blog about examples of educator blogs. I haven't really had a chance to look too closely, but wanted to make sure I shared it with the group. It's called Edblogger Praxis. It appears to link to many education blogs, with a split between higher ed and PreK-12.
So, I guess I'll start off the conversation with a blog I've seen a few times. It's called hipteacher and is done by a first year teacher. Might give our education students some insight into what to expect their first year on the job. Also, an example of how they can reach out to one another for ideas and suggestions to use in their own classrooms. A professional development tool!