more del.icio.us libraries

November 27, 2007



Two more great examples of del.icio.us social bookmarking at work.

North Metro Technical College Library in Acworth, Georgia uses del.icio.us to organize links for students on it’s “Resources Related to Your Program of Studies” page.

Each subject bundle includes a tag, “HowDoIFind”, which provides links to video tutorials and help guides for using the library’s electronic resources and online subscriptions.

OCLC is using del.icio.us to tag its list of the top 1000 titles owned by member libraries. In April 2007, OCLC added del.icio.us tags for each of the items described in the top 1000 titles list.

The del.icio.us bookmarks in the OCLC Top 1000 all link back into WorldCat.org.


More del.icio.us resources:

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social bookmarking tools

November 13, 2007


I had the opportunity to share my love of Del.icio.us in an article I wrote for the Ontario Association of Library Technicians / Association des bibliotechniciens de l’Ontario.

You can read it here.


delicious 2.0 preview

September 27, 2007

Delicious recently announced a redesign of it’s popular social bookmarking site.

Delicious has been listening to it’s users and it’s evident in the preview. Version 2.0 promises to take social bookmarking to the next level of search and discovery.

Here are some brief highlights and screenshots of new features.

  • A sleeker homepage displaying popular bookmarks “right now” and popular tags.

  • Expanded search which allows you to not only search your own bookmarks, but virtually any context in Delicious. Search a bundle, a tag, your Network, or another person’s bookmarks.

  • One of the things that has always bothered me about delicious is the lack of a user profile. Delicious 2.0 will allow you create a public profile with a display name.

  • A new tag bar which allows you to navigate bookmarks by using tags and tag combinations. Tags can also be sorted by most recent, by popularity and alphabetically. (Yes, finally tag sorting alphabetically!)

  • Bookmarks are easier to read, and you can change the display to either get more bookmark information or compact the display with a single click on the Tag Bar.

  • Sidebar which displays the top ten tags in your bookmark collection, bookmarks in a specific bundle and the ability to bundle your networks and subscriptions.

  • An action box that allows you to access commonly used tasks for a page. The action box includes a long awaited bulk editor that allows you to apply changes to a group of bookmarks all at once.

Delicious has certainly come a long way since version 0.0.

Read/WriteWeb looks at who’s winning in the social bookmarking arena in social bookmarking faceoff reloaded.

Delicious appears to be the clear winner so far, but where do the other players stand?

From Read/Write Web:

I use both Mag.no.lia and del.icio.us, and while Mag.no.lia has a prettier interface, del.icio.us has always been my choice of social bookmarking tools.

Delicious is promising its users some exciting changes in its new design.

Stay tuned ….

Manage your bookmarks

September 24, 2007

Tired of disorganized bookmarks or saving your links in multiple locations?

Wired has some good tips to help you manage your bookmarks. The article includes links to bookmark applications and online alternatives, including bookmark storage services and social bookmarking tools.

A recent article by Melissa L. Rethlefsen in Library Journal, highlights some of the ways that tags help make libraries del.cio.us.

Social bookmarking and tagging tools discussed include del.icio.us, LibraryThing, and LibMarks.

Key reasons for using social bookmarking and tagging tools:

  • enhance user’s web experience
  • simple and quick way to post links with comments and create subject guides
  • lowers barriers for participation and provides an equal voice for both staff and readers
  • instant access to bookmarks and links — anywhere, anytime
  • use tagging tools to enhance collections and label books in ways that make more sense to users

My favourite social bookmarking tool turned four recently. Happy birthday del.icio.us!

So what’s your favourite del.icio.us tag? Here are my 5 favourite tags:

RSS

delicious/libraries

firefox

web2.0

wordpress

Stay tuned for a new and improved del.icio.us.

Celebrate!