Krustyb’s Blog

{December 7, 2008}   Social Bookmarking

I like Delicious and take it with me wherever I log in. However – shocking revelation -I don’t use it as a tool to share my bookmarks with anyone else, basically because I just don’t have time to tag in a way which would be useful to others i.e. by thinking of the many different ways in which my saved pages will be searched. I think this is probably where Delicious falls down – if I don’t have time to do it – will the students?

In addition – we all know the pitfalls of unstructured keyword searching as opposed to say a subject heading search or a controlled language search. The fact that tags are very random and subjective means that it can be quite difficult to retrieve a comprehensive list of webpages. Possibly “tagging” would be a good way to illustrate to people who complain that the “Dewey” system is too complicated, why we organise/structure information in the way we do.

Just reading what I’ve just typed – I sound really negative about it. I actually really really like it and use it loads – I think it could be very useful and I need to start tagging in a more altruistic way. There’s also potential for it to be included in info skills sessions to introduce the importance of varying keywords.

{December 1, 2008}   Rss and all that jazz!!

Have spent the weekend at dancing shows/dress rehearsals and still have the lyrics to Chicago buzzing round my head so apologies for the title.

I have previously used Google reader as my rss-reading tool which I thought was really good and I have to say that I think I still prefer it to Bloglines as I found it returned better search results. I just find it a bit more simplistic but whether that is because I am just used to it I’m not sure – I will, however, persevere with Bloglines. Having said that I really enjoyed this part of the course and seeing what is out there.

It made me think of how useful this could be especially to research/final year students and that I could possibly start to incorporate this into advanced information skills sessions as a way of encouraging students to keep up with current trends/new releases/ latest blogs. I’m also thinking of highlighting this with EBSCO services which has a one-step RSS search facility (probably more information databases have this facility – I need to investigate further). The possibilities are endless!! Anyway to finish off – I’m not keen on Sydic8, the results were OK but I found it really slow but I did like as it worked really well and I found some really good sites.

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