One of the best things that a blog can do right, whether it is a library blog or a personal blog, is be relevant, informative and current. Elizabeth “Lizzy” Burns maintains one of the main blogs for the School Library Journal called “A Chair, A Fireplace & A Tea Cozy”. She is employed by SLJ, but does not hesitate to clearly voice that her opinions may not represent her boss. She demonstrates that this is the place to stay in tune with news regarding young adult books. If you are looking for reviews and alternative blogs written from other perspectives, you can find links to blogs that are written by teenagers, librarians, teachers, reviews, critiques…etc. Some of her most recent discussions include banned books week titles and reviews of new YA novels. I have found her to be a valued contributor for me in learning about young adult resources that are available. For example, I was introduced to this website which enabled me to get a virtual cornucopia of perspectives on various librarian blogs. Here is a list of some of the typical blog links that are posted:

Batty Librarian
Batty Librarian: A blog by and for the information professional
News, reviews and ruminations on library related topics and technology.

Apples With Many Seeds
Promotes interesting resources for student-teachers and teachers to use in K-12 classrooms.
Connecting books, kits, the curriculum and the real world.

The Perks of Being a Librarian
Exploring the current and future issues that librarians and information professional face in the 21st century.

Bilingual Librarian
Bilingual blog (English & Spanish)

Happy Birthday Author
There is an abundance of great children’s literature. Celebrate the birthday of a popular children’s author every week with excellent books and activities.
A stay at home dad shares his past teaching experiences and new adventures reading to his children.

I wanted to share also this link which I discovered via her blog, which is completely relevant to our 747 class:

Social Networking Librarian
Learn all about social networking and how it applies to libraries. Learn to use library 2.0 effectively with your library.

In closing I feel that Liz’s blog has been an incredibly valuable blog from a YA viewpoint and the Social Networking blog is worth a good look.