Friday, February 9, 2007

Week 6 Tagging

Week 6: Tagging, Folksonomies & Technorati

13. Learn about tagging and discover (a social bookmaking site)
14. Explore Technorati and learn how tags work with blog posts.
15. Read a few perspectives on Web 2.0, Library 2.0 and the future of libraries and blog your thoughts.

Some Observations and Tips:

1. By now, some of you might be feeling a bit overwhelmed with your regular job duties and feel that you don't have time for the Learning 2.0 weekly lessons.

2. You have time. You'll find that some of the lessons go faster than you expected. And some go slower. Most are pretty fun though!

3. Additionally, drop in lab time is being offered next week to give you time to work on the exercises and to receive assistance from us as well.

4. You do not have to create a Flickr account to download an image from Flickr for the image exercises.

5. Doing the tutorials or reading the resources suggested for each lesson really helps to prepare you to do the exercises.

6. You don't have to like or embrace or adopt any of the tools you are learning about. Remember this program is about exploring and be exposed to emerging technologies and to get you thinking about the tools for professional and personal use. The Virtual Services team is enjoying reading your observations in your blog posts about the tools.

Here are some possibilities of how these new tools might work for us:

a. Using RSS feeds to advertise library events or new materials in addition to what we use currently; in other using a variety of tools to reach our diversified customer base.

b. Creating library tour podcasts (already being done at other libraries) or creating podcasts for classroom instruction.

c. Creating a Rollyo of trusted reference sites to be used to answer frequently asked questions or create a specific subject search for students so they don't just rely on a massive messy Google search.

7. Sometimes technology fails us. No! Yes! You may be on a site and the podcast doesn't work or the image doesn't appear or Blogger software doesn't let you log on. Close your browser and try again later. Turn off your computer and try again later. Ask your neighbors if it's just you or are they having problems too.

8. Not sure how to do something in an exercise? Don't know how to download or upload an image? Contact us and we'll help you or ask a co-worker or drop in at the upcoming labs.