I enjoyed Goodreads so much I went and applied for Librarian status! And I got it!!! I’m now a Librarian on Goodreads! Hooray for me! Ahem, okay, excitement is over. For a moment, at least.
I would use Goodreads as part of my Librarianship at a school to review and recommend books for students and teachers alike. I think Goodreads would also be a great conversation starter. “So Student, I just read this really great book. It’s called XXXXXX. Have you heard of it? I put it on my Goodreads shelf along with other books that are similar. If you like this book, you might like some of the others I’ve picked. Go check it out and tell me what you think.”
Goodreads could be used as a project for English class, extra credit assignment, or as part of a reading promotion activity. Having students create their own shelves, read, and rate/review books could be fun. It would be interesting to see how kids read according to their interests and see what they have to say about the books they’ve read. I could have a reading promotion contest to see how many books students could read and review/rate within a period of time. Or maybe have a book club in which students review and recommend books to their peers through their shelves. They could promote a book a week or a book a month through TV news, morning announcements, or on the school’s library website. These could be fun projects to do with students that wouldn’t involve lots of time or money (esp. if the books they read they get through libraries – school & public). Parents could get involved as well. They could create their own shelves and recommendations.
Even just having a link to the librarian’s bookshelf on the school or library website would be important for the intrinsic reading promotion it would have.
I’m sure with enough time I could think of more to do with Goodreads. For now though, if you would like more information, check out the button on my blog page or click on the link below. I have several shelves to look through – Read, To Read, Favorites, Currently Reading, and one on European History as part of a unit of study. The European History bookshelf is books that I would be great supplements to curriculum or perfect for students to find additional information on their own. Or maybe just read more about a time period, place, person, or event in Europe’s history that interests them.