Top 10 Posts of 2013: Year In Review

First of all, thank you for your readership and your support for my blog. I’m very thankful to provide information on libraries and continuing education opportunities. This year has been a big year for me. I’ve recently graduated with my Master’s of Science in Library Science from the University of Kentucky, and I’m currently on the job hunt for a full-time library position. Even with all that has happened, I know that there are even greater things that await.

So, let’s take a look back at this year at the Top 10 most viewed posts.

10. “Two Tools to Try – Vine and Instagram for Libraries” (Posted: August 9, 2013)

The tenth most popular post shows that libraries are looking for more ways to freely engage and empower their communities. Instagram and Vine are two tools that can help.

9. “MOOC: Learn Something Today & Become a Librarian Tomorrow” (Posted: February 4, 2013)

The ninth most popular post shows that library professionals and librarian hopefuls are looking for new ways to learn and broaden their learning. MOOCs are one opportunity to do so.

8.  “RIF’s Spring Reading Activities for Kids: What Libraries Can Learn and Implement in Children’s Programs” (Posted: March 7, 2013)

The eighth most read post shows that libraries are looking for ways to improve their programming and inspire children through reading activities. Reading is Fundamental (RIF) provides a great example of inspiring kids to read through their “Spring Reading Activities for Kids” set.

7. “Disney’s Ways of Optimizing Customer Service: What It Could Mean for Your Business” (Posted: January 8, 2013)

The seventh most viewed post focuses on customer service and how it could change your business or the library. Disney provides leadership training for those wanting to improve their customer service skills and businesses.

6. “N or M? The Book That Got Agatha Christie Under Investigation (Book Review)” (Posted: February 21, 2013)

The sixth most popular post was a book review on a potentially scandalous fictional spy story. Agatha Christie was under investigation because of N or M? because of its details being so similar to what was actually happening during the war. I hope to read more books by Christie for 2014!

5. “Creating a Social Media Plan for Your Library” (Posted: June 4, 2013)

The fifth most read post was about a webinar I had attended describing how to plan for social media marketing and interaction. Libraries looking for the best possible way to engage their library visitors and communities should not just play at social media, they must plan for it! One of my goals for 2014 is to engage more of the community through social media for my library.

4. “Blog Series: Tips Learned From Serving on a Hiring Search Committee: The Interview” (Posted: May 17, 2013)

The fourth most viewed post was one in which I describe what I learned while serving on a hiring search committee, especially during the interview. The interview happens to be the most daunting piece of the job search for me, but with preparation, an interview can go better than expected.

3. “Library Thing: A Viable Database for Small Church Libraries?” (Posted: January 31, 2013)

The third most popular post included a poll in which readers can answer whether they used library thing and whether it was helpful to them. I got a variety of answers, but what I learned is that Library Thing can be a helpful database for a small church library.

2. “Library Marketing Strategy: This Library Is Doing It Right” (Posted: January 18, 2013)

The second most popular post described my thoughts on Richland Library’s marketing strategy and website design. I thought they were doing a great job because they designed a website for their communities and users rather than designing a website that only helped its librarians.

1. “Rethinking School Library Media Specialists: Three Articles That You Should Read To Understanding The Newest Trends of School Library Philosophy” (Posted: January 28, 2013)

The most read post of all during 2013 is about the redesign of the school library and the re-positioning of the school library media specialist. I shared three articles I thought were beneficial to the discussion of the profession’s roles.

2013 Trends in Review

  • Social Media
  • MOOCs and online learning
  • Library programming
  • Customer Service
  • Book Review
  • Job Interview
  • Library Thing
  • Library Marketing
  • School Library Media Specialists

Just a note: In 2013, this blog has had 3,750 views. Again, thank you for taking the time to read and use my website!

Here’s to a great 2014! Happy New Year!

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