Delicious and other tagging sites

Signing up to Delicious really opened my eyes to a whole new world. While I haven’t been able to really invest the time as yet to tag and pin as much as I would like to, I know that this is an area I want to develop further. I signed up to Pinterest as well and have started investigating the best way to use this site. As one of the fastest growing social media tools, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

In reflection, I realised that Delicious had been introduced to me several years ago at work. The TL got up at a staff meeting and presented the tool. I remember asking myself why it was useful, but didn’t pursue it further. Either my mind was set against it, I didn’t understand fully the potential or the presentation didn’t fully explore. Whatever the reason, an opportunity was lost. This gives me something to think about when I find myself in that TL’s shoes trying to develop interest in the staff body of a new tool. What will I need to do to get a better response?

Delicious and other tagging tools have the ability to tag and ‘keep’ things you come across of interest. It is ‘cloud’ technology. Just like my bookmarking function on my web browser, these tools can capture a link, but I don’t need to keep it on my computer. There is great potential for this for the future of web technology. This is evidenced by the very popular response to Pinterest, a recently introduced application similar to Delicious. There is a continued place for such tools and I look forward to investigating them more when my studies are completed.

Social networking trends for libraries 2009- 2012

These yearly blogs gave interesting insight into the development of social media over the four years.

http://socialnetworkinglibrarian.com/2009/12/19/top-10-social-networking-tools-and-trends-for-libraries-from-2009/

http://socialnetworkinglibrarian.com/2009/12/26/top-10-social-networking-in-libraries-trends-for-2010/

http://socialnetworkinglibrarian.com/2010/12/21/social-media-and-library-trends-for-2011/

http://socialnetworkinglibrarian.com/2011/12/29/top-10-social-media-and-libraries-predictions-for-2012/

What was very interesting was the increase in mobile technology and use of social networking beyond promotion for libraries. In Module 4, the questions were asked:

Questions:

  1. Which of these tools and trends has already impacted on your library or organisation?
  2. Which of these tools and trends have been discussed by people within your library or organisation as having potential in supporting its goals?
  3. Which of these tools and trends have not yet hit your library or organisation’s radar?

Answers:

  1. The school library has a webpage and blog. This is updated by the head librarian, but I would be surprised how many community members read it, use it or even know it exists. The school has investigated mobile technology in the form of iPads rather than Kindles due to the wider application benefits in the area of ‘creating’. 
  2. QR codes have been discussed, but with younger students without ready mobile technology, the benefits are limited as yet. Lib guides are offered to students in the senior school.
  3. Social media has been a bit of a dirty word at my school. There are no social media classes because social media is not promoted. I think the library also needs to investigate Google applications and Google+ more thoroughly.

The school library has a long journey ahead, but the main obstacle will be convincing the community of the important place social media has in our everyday lives and as such can be used as a effective learning tool.