I have used a few of these resources mentioned in this post last year and this year. Some, I have only used once, but others I have used more frequently.
Last year, I used Smore as a monthly library newsletter for parents, students and teachers. I posted the link to each month’s newsletter on the library website and posted the link in every paper that went out to students. This web-based news did not reach many students or parents because many families do not have Internet access outside of school. Teachers were really the only audience that read library news: circulation and visit statistics, what’s happening in lessons and upcoming news/events. This year, I have scratched Smore and contribute to the monthly print newsletter that goes home to families. Now, I keep teachers updated through email or informal meetings.
In addition, LibGuides is another new tool I have used this year for resources students need for projects and research. I used LiveBinders as a resource guide during my first year as library media specialist. It was free, but the formatting of LiveBinders was not ideal. This year, my district purchased a license for LibGuides, and this is the tool I use in place of LiveBinders. At first, it was difficult to become accustomed to the format of the tool, but students have had good experiences with this. Navigation is easier, as well as formatting. I am still transitioning many of my resource guides from LiveBinders to LibGuides, but it is worth the time for this project.