electronic portfolios

November 4, 2007

As a del.icio.us user, I’m always looking for interesting applications for social bookmarking tools. Helen Barrett uses del.icio.us to maintain an electronic portfolio.

Barrett recommends using an electronic portfolio for:

  • documenting your life/work/learning — “digital” artifacts (PAST)
  • showcasing your knowledge, skills and abilities (PRESENT)
  • summarizing direction and learning goals (FUTURE)

Del.icio.us is just one of the many online services and tools Barrett has been using since 2004 to recreate her online portfolio. Her “Online Portfolio Adventure” documents her goal to develop her online portfolio using different systems and publishing tools.

Take a look at her online portfolio using a variety of web tools.

essential tools

October 10, 2007

I blogged about the top ten tools I can’t live without recently.

My list included tools that I use to blog, chat, bookmark, and generally work more effeciently on the web.

Charlene at Essential Keystrokes included my list in her weekly Essential Tools series. (Thanks Charlene!)

Some of the tools featured on her blog include:

  • antivirus
  • blog editors
  • Firefox extensions
  • graphics design
  • PDF software
  • search engine optimization
  • social plug-ins
  • website statistics

Check out her list of over “160 essential tools” for more.

What are some of your essential tools?

I have a myriad of web-based tools that I can’t live without. After reading Chris Garrett’s top 10 tools I can’t live without, I thought I’d take a stab at narrowing down my list to ten “gems” that help make my web life easier.

Twitbin – I love Twitter, and this Firefox extension lets me post to Twitter and read my friend’s tweets, without leaving the site I’m currently surfing.

meebo – A web-based instant messaging site that allows you to login to multiple IM accounts including AIM, Yahoo!, MSN, Google Talk, ICQ and Jabber.

del.icio.us bookmarks – Another Firefox add-on which integrates my del.icio.us links into Firefox. Not only can you search your bookmarks, you can view them alphabetically. (Something you currently cannot do with del.icio.us.)

TinyURL – Make those long URLs tiny so that they don’t break in email postings. Great for sharing links on microblogging sites like Twitter, that limit the number of characters you can use.

ZoomClouds – Create a tag-based cloud using the RSS feed from your blog or website.

Tumblr – A “no frills” blogging tool that lets you post links, photos, quotes, and video.

Feedburner – provides feed and site stats for bloggers. Stats include visitors, page views, referrers, searches, and outgoing links.

BlogBackupOnline – provides an effortless way to backup, restore, and export your blog.

Zoho – Online software including word processing, spreadsheets, and a presentation tool.

RSS newsreaders – Okay, I’m cheating here. I’m an RSS junkie and I’m now down to three newsreaders: Newsgator, Bloglines, and Google Reader.

So what are your “must have” tools?

A neat ‘baker’s dozen’ of top web 2.0 tools for librarians from infododads.

1. Google Suite
2. Meebo/Chatango
3. Wikipedia
4. Worldcat.org
5. Amazon.com
6. Del.icio.us
7. Bloglines
8. Zotero
9. Facebook
10. WordPress
11. MediaWiki
12. Ning
13. Twitter

Glad to see some of my favourites on the list (del.icio.us, WordPress, Twitter, Ning and Facebook!).

How many have you tried?

I’d have a hard time keeping it at 13.

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I’ve been spending a fair bit amount of time going through my favourite websites and bookmarking them in del.icio.us.So why do I love del.icio.us so much?
A number of reasons:

  • I can store and access my favourite websites from any computer;
  • I can share my websites and comments with friends and those who belong to my del.icio.us network;
  • I can discover new websites by browsing other user’s tags (great for research!);
  • I can take advantage of the daily blog posting tool to automatically add new websites to my blog;
  • the ability to display link rolls (my latest bookmarks) and tag clouds to my website;
  • I can syndicate my links via RSS.

Lately I’ve been giving some thought to how libraries use del.icio.us.

So how can you make your library del.icio.us?

Take a look at “Make Your Library del.icio.us: Social Bookmarking in the Stacks” presented on February 22, 2007, by Jason Griffey from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, as part of the “Five Weeks to a Social Library” series of online workshops.

Libraries using del.icio.us

Some great examples of libraries using del.icio.us include:

The ALA Government Documents Roundtable (GODORT) wiki provides a useful list of links to librarians using delicious to collect government documents.

Alameda County Public Library : bookmarks on del.icio.us

Assumption College for Sisters Library : bookmarks on del.icio.us

ArLiSNAP : Art Library Students & New ARLIS* Professionals
Take a look at how they have implemented del.icio.us on their website. A great example of a del.icio.us tag cloud appears on their “Resources” page.

Beaufort County Library : bclrefdesk’s bookmarks on del.icio.us

Bibliothèques de Brest (Brest City Libraries) : Bibliothèques municipales de Brest’s bookmarks on del.icio.us

Bibliothèques de l’Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris-IV) : del.icio.us page (in French but a pleasure to explore!)

Brimbank Libraries in Australia incorporates all their delicious links in a tag cloud on their newly designed website.  Clicking on a topic in the tag cloud displays the links and tags directly on the Brimbank Libraries website.  Nicely done!

Buley Library uses the Delicious tag roll for their Physics Subject Guides

Chelmsford Public Library’s del.icio.us page and Subject Guides page is integrated on their website.

Columbus Public Library : bookmarks on del.icio.us

CSU-Pueblo Library : bookmarks on del.icio.us

Cubberley Education Library del.icio.us cloud in blog and bookmarks on del.icio.us

Dublin City Public Libraries : bookmarks on del.icio.us

East Providence Public Library : bookmarks on del.icio.us

Enoch Pratt Free Library, Business, Science and Technology Department : bookmarks on del.icio.us

Greenfield Public Library : greenfieldlibrary’s Bookmarks on Delicious

Hardin Library for Health Sciences : hardin_md’s bookmarks on del.icio.us and hardin_md_etc bookmarks on del.icio.us

Holdrege Public Library makes good use of delicious tag clouds on their “Links we Love“, Kid’s Zone and TeenSpace. Each page has a separate del.icio.us account:
Holdrege Public Library : bookmarks on del.icio.us
HoldregeLibraryKids’ : bookmarks on del.icio.us
HoldregeLibraryTeens’ : bookmarks on del.icio.us

Hubbell Library : hubbelllibrary’s bookmarks on del.icio.us
Hubbell Library maintains a parallel list of government, community and library-related websites on both their website and on Delicious.

Kansas Reads to Preschoolers : bookmarks on del.icio.us

Lane Community Collegelanelibrary bookmarks on delicious

Lansing Public Library : bookmarks on del.icio.us

La Grange Park Library : bookmarks on del.icio.us

Laurence McKinley, Gould Library images collection : bookmarks on del.icio.us

Maui Community College Library :bookmarks on del.icio.us

McMaster University Library Web Team : bookmarks on del.icio.us

Missouri River Regional Library’s Reference Links Database : bookmarks on del.icio.us

Menasha Public Library : bookmarks on del.icio.us

MIT Libraries is using del.icio.us for their Virtual Reference page. You can view the tag cloud or see their links in del.icio.us.

A great example of a library using the del.icio.us tag cloud for their Teen page is Nashville Public Library.

Natural Resources Canada Library: English bookmarks on del.icio.us and French bookmarks on del.icio.us

Nebraska Library Commission : NLC_Reference’s bookmarks on del.icio.us

The New York State – 2008 Summer Reading Program uses delicious for linking to other summer reading program web sites, programming ideas, games and more. Their delicious links are nicely integrated on the program page using Feed2JS.

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College Library : nwtclibrary’s bookmarks on del.icio.us

North Metro Technical College Library : “Resources Related to Your Program of Studies” bookmarks on del.icio.us

OCLC list of the top 1000 titles : bookmarks on del.icio.us

Pierce County Library : bookmarks on del.icio.us

Purdue University, Hicks Undergraduate Library : bookmarks on del.icio.us

San Mateo Public Library bookmarks on del.icio.us (a great example of websites organized using the Dewey Decimal Classification System!)

Seldovia Library : bookmarks on del.icio.us

Seminole County Public Library : bookmarks on del.icio.us

Seund Library : UND SE Clinical Campus Librarian : seundlibrary’s bookmarks on del.icio.us

Stanford University Libraries and Academic Information Resources has made great use of the del.icio.us tag cloud on their Green Library bookmarks on del.icio.us .

Springfield Technical Community College Library : bookmarks on del.icio.us

Stony Brook University, Health Sciences Library : bookmarks on del.icio.us

Tampa Bay Library Consortium : TampaBayLC bookmarks on del.icio.us

Thunder Bay Public Library’s del.icio.us list, tag cloud, and bookmarks on del.icio.us .

Thomas Ford Memorial Library
Website links are syndicated on their “our recent bookmarks” page.

The Library at UCD Dublin has done an amazing job of integrating delicious bookmarks into their Subject Portals Index.

Umpqua Community College Library (Roseburg, OR) : bookmarks on del.icio.us

University of Alberta Libraries : Winspearslib bookmarks on del.icio.us

University of Georgia Library, Cataloging Department cataloging resources

University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries : bookmarks on del.icio.us

University of Michigan Dentistry Library : bookmarks on del.icio.us

University of Michigan Health Sciences Libraries : bookmarks on del.icio.us

University of Michigan Library 2.0 Program : bookmarks on del.icio.us

University Library, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater : bookmarks on del.icio.us

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Lupton Library has a list of “interesting websites” selected by Jason Griffey, UTC’s Head of Library Information Technology.  utc_interesting bookmarks on del.icio.us

USF Lakeland Library Services

Washington State Library Public Services Team : research and genealogy links

Widener Law School Library : bookmarks on del.icio.us

Witkin State Law Library of California : bookmarks on del.icio.us

ZEW : Centre for European Economic Research : ZEW_Bibliothek’s Bookmarks on Delicious
The library of the ZEW : Centre for European Economic Research in Germany, uses del.icio.us to collect links to databases, tutorials on literature search, research organizations, and links related to economic research in Europe.


Here’s a round-up of del.icio.us tools and resources.

Two good blog post on del.icio.us implementation from Social Networking Strategies for Libraries:

From the Ning Library 2.0 Network:

Library Subject Guides using del.icio.us

Social Bookmarking 101 : focus on del.icio.us, presentation by Stephanie Zimmerman, Training Coordinator, Library System of Lancaster County.