November 06, 2010

A Librarian's Review of the Unquiet Library

Photo courtesy of unquietlibrarian
WOW -- just...WOW! Unquiet Librarian Buffy Hamilton just unveiled her new Library 2.0 site and it is ... um ...  spectacular!

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She built it using Google Sites, which fascinates me because we've just adopted Google Apps for Education at my school. There are so many ideas here that I can use!

Buffy's use of widgets caught my eye right away, but oh, what those widgets revealed was what truly blew me away. The UnQuiet Library has a
And the content? Mind-bogglingly rich.

Here's what Buffy says about her Unquiet Library:

"People often ask me where I came up with the "The Unquiet Library" brand for my library. As an Ed.S. student, I read a book, Library: An Unquiet History by Matthew Battles, as part of my research study of libraries as sponsors of literacy. When I opened the library in August of 2006, I wanted to come up with a brand that fit my vision of my high school library as an agent of change. "The Unquiet Library" fits because I want our library to make some positive "noise" as we try to build a library program that makes a difference in the lives of our students and teachers."

Check out Joyce Valenza's raving review of the Unquiet Library:  "If I had my way: More unquiet libraries!"

The bottom line, specifically? Buffy taught me that I should aim for the kind of 1-click simplicity that she has created with her Library 2.0 site. The beauty of Google sites is that I can do a one-page cover site such as she has done, and have a "Search this site" that really works.

The Big Picture? You know the Unquiet Library is the place to be, and for all the right reasons! Buffy and her Unquiet Library inspire me to "build a library program that makes a difference in the lives of our students and teachers".

Mahalo, Buffy.

... Excuse me while I go and explore all of the nooks and crannies of this gorgeous site.

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