del.icio.us model

Model for del.icio.us use in libraries:

1.  Introduce staff in library, library district to del.icio.us, explain the main benefits over standard browser bookmarking:

  • Can get to your bookmarks from any computer
  • Can share your bookmarks with others easier
  • Can put links in more than one ‘place’ using tags
  • Can find other good sites via tag searching or browsing other users lists

2.  Set up a “central” account, with one person/team acting as administrator.

3.  Help individuals set up their own accounts, get the buttons, upload their links, switch off the privacy setting (where applicable), and re-tag sites appropriately. An alternative method to the automatic upload that is available as part of the setup of del.icio.us is to manually upload each site later. This is actually not as bad as it sounds – simply load each page in your browser, click the tag button you’ve added to your browser (through the del.icio.us set-up process), and add relevant tags. This way you won’t have to erase the ‘imported’ tag that will be on each link through the other method. It probably ends up taking the same amount of time, and you can decide which ones you want to upload and which ones you don’t, and add the for:username tag to ones you think others would find useful.

4.  Individuals go to the main del.icio.us account for the library and “add them to their network. ”

5.  The main account reciprocates.

6.  Individuals tag sites of interest to themselves, but also uses the ‘for:username’ tag to send sites that would be of use to the group to the central account.

MORE DEL.ICIO.US-NESS

Categories can be assigned to individuals for “collection development” to make the central account more robust. For example, any librarians with an area of expertise could be asked to add the best sites for that area to the main account. Or subject areas could be assigned based on other criteria, with the end result being that individual librarians put in a little bit of time every week to actively make the central list a better resource for the system.

Great categories for active enhancement:

– local information about cities, towns, counties, landmarks, groups, historical markers, festivals, etc.

– if the library has a specialty collection, sites that compliment that collection, for a certain type of health issue, or environmental issues, local history, etc.

– cataloging of specialty collections requires a higher degree of granularity than the rest of the collection. If you have 10,000 items about engineering, then making individual items locatable within the collection requires very specific subject specification. The same applies to Internet collection development. If you are anticipating a large collection of links on a specific subject, it might be worth setting up a del.icio.us account just for that subject. Submissions could be sent in the usual way using the for:username tag, and the subject specialist could review and tag incoming items. Blogs, blog posts, websites, news items, videos, etc. could all be added and tagged as usual, but with greater granularity to help users find more specific information.

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