Mini presentation on Web 2.0 technologies

August 21, 2007




  • Looking to the future

    • Higher profile web presence

    • Being where our users are

      • Facebook

      • Comments in blog

      • PennTags – tagging by users in the catalog

      • Flickr?

    • Web 3.0/Semantic Web

A quick intro to social bookmarking

Social bookmarking is an activity performed over a computer network that allows users to save and categorize (see folksonomy) a personal collection of bookmarks and share them with others. Users may also take bookmarks saved by others and add them to their own collection, as well as to subscribe to the lists of others. – a personal knowledge management tool …

The concept of shared online bookmarks dates back to April 1996 with the launch of Within the next three years online bookmark services became competitive, with venture-backed companies like Backflip, Blink,Clip2, Hotlinks, Quiver, and others entering the market. Lacking viable models for making money, most of this early generation of social bookmarking companies failed as the dot-com bubble burst.
— Wikipedia,, (2007)

The main features of any social bookmarking tool are

  • centralized storage and availability of web links (i.e., accessible from most any computer with internet connection)

  • the ability to organize web links in some way (tagging, categorizing, bundling, descriptions, etc.)

  • ease of use (little or no coding experience needed)

  • discovery (e.g., the ability to share, recommend, or discover web links from other users)

A few popular social bookmarking tools include:

CiteULike ( ) saves citation details, exports them in a few different formats, and aggregates journal articles. Sometimes called the “ for the academic world”. ( ) is a social bookmarking tool that allows users to save, recommend, and share bookmarks through networks. Users can bundle (categorize) web links as well as assign tags (keywords). Links can be publicly shared or private. A GIL record can be tagged in

Digg ( is similar to both and pageflakes in that it is social bookmarking. Digg provides categories as a controlled entry point and allows users to rate articles.

( is a social bookmarking site website that allows users to store searchable copies of websites; additionally users can share their website copies.

PennTags ( /) is social bookmarking for the University of Pennsylvania’s catalog. An example of a record tagged in PennTags catalog (a Voyager catalog!)

Pines/Evergreen is anticipating tagging as a Fall 2007 enhancement; OCLC’s also has social bookmarking on their list of future enhancements.

StumbleUpon ( ) is a toolbar feature which allows for user recommendations and metadata entry (descriptions, etc.), and random discovery.

..and expanding beyond bookmarking…

Nines ( ) uses Collex “a collections and exhibits tool for the remixable web, to aggregate peer-reviewed online scholarship and allow you to collect, annotate, and share it with students and colleagues” and have partnered with libraries such as University of Virginia.

Pageflakes ( is an ajax driven site that allows a user to pull in and share multiple kinds of rss feeds and web sites including links, news sites, blogs, and more. pageflakes is actively developing its service to give users more features and greater functionality without sacrificing ease of use. To see a pageflake pulling in UGA’s library content:

Netvibe ( ) is an ajax driven site that allows a user to pull in and share multiple kinds of rss feeds including links, news sites, blogs, and more. netvibes was a little earlier than pageflakes in development.

LibraryThing ( ) is a organizational service for materials such as personal libraries which provides means to organize, share, and discover resources. LibraryThing has recently developed widgets for use by libraries. Two academic libraries are testing.

SmartTech ( /): Georgia Tech’s institutional repository which includes user submitted content.

…and other social networking sites which are offer more expanded services

Academic Libraries using Social Bookmarking:

Griffin Tech

University of Michigan

University of Tennessee

University of Georgia Cataloging Department

Savannah Technical College

..and there’s even a Library community devoted to academic libraries using web 2.0 technologies:

A few resources about social bookmarking/networking and other web 2.0 tools:

31 things to do with flickr in a library


The Academic Library 2.0 (a graphic)


Academic libraries who are blogging (a list)


Chief Thingamabrian [LibraryThing overview]



Five weeks to a Social Library [resources and courses]


Friends: Social Networking Sites for Engaged Library Services


Library Thing: Sneak Peek LibraryThing for libraries

Social Bookmarking Tools 1: General Reviews
D-Lib Magazine, April 2005, Vol. 11 No.4

Tagging in the Medical Library


Why and how to use blogging to promote your library’s services

Infotoday, Nov/Dec 2003, Vol. 17 No. 6


Learn more about social networking tools via video:

The machine is us/ing Us (Very good and very short introduction to what is web 2.0)


RSS Feeds in Plain English


Wikis in Plain English




To the future:

Web 3.0/semantic web

The semantic web is an evolving extension of the World Wide Web in which web content can be expressed not only in natural language, but also in a format that can be read and used by software agents, thus permitting them to find, share and integrate information more easily.[1] It derives from W3C director Sir Tim Berners-Lee‘s vision of the Web as a universal medium for data, information, and knowledge exchange. At its core, the semantic web comprises a philosophy,[2] a set of design principles,[3] collaborative working groups, and a variety of enabling technologies.


So, if Web2.0 is about collaboration, ease of use (on the user side) then Web 3.0 is about taking information and the efforts of the Web 2.0 collaboration and using technology to extend possibilities.

Semantic web technologies(?)

Freebase ( ) is a collaborative site (i.e., social networking) which also uses metadata to assist in organizing content.


A Mashup is a web application which pulls together information using a variety of resources to produce a singular thing (movie, webpage, etc.).


Getting started with

delicious page for links in this presentation

Image by sirexkat (Kathryn Greene) licensed under creative commons attribution 2.0 (flickr)

Thanks to Melissa Rethlefsen (Learning Resource Center) Mayo Clinic for sharing her list of library links.

neat little movie — the library

August 9, 2007

I thought this was kind of a neat little arty film.

Google/Youtube takes on piracy at youtube

July 28, 2007

Google Inc.‘s YouTube hopes recognition technology will be in place in September to stop the posting of copyrighted videos on the popular Web site, a lawyer Friday told a judge presiding over copyright lawsuits.

… YouTube was working “very intensely and cooperating” with major content providers on a video recognition technology as sophisticated as fingerprint technology the FBI uses…

complete article at
yahoo news (via AP)

…and an interesting response to the article

RSS in plain english

July 16, 2007

I love this commoncraft stuff. 😉

wikis in plain english

July 15, 2007

the myspace effect

July 5, 2007

an article about how myspace and social networking sites are eating up bandwidth (I love it that these sorts of sites are deemed ‘recreational’. I happen to have learned a few things from tutorials on youtube. I guess that falls under recreational learning….!)

conference overview

May 18, 2007

Alot of interesting info at the conference I attended yesterday. A few practical things (how to use handheld scanners to do inventory — looks labor intensive but not hard) and an glimpse into captivate for creating tutorials.

The social technologies program was most interesting. For one, the presenter demoed my favorite web 2.0 video. 😉
Mostly, I was interested to see how many libraries in that group are NOT blogging or using social networking in some ways. and blogs seem to be the most obvious and useful of the current “hot” tools. I am working on wrangling a bunch of departmental links into now. I mean, it seems downright silly to maintain a html links list these days. Why in the world would anyone want to do that? So that you can organize it the way you want? Do it with flickr bundled tags. So that you can style it the way you want? Pull in your bundled tag feeds into a sidebar (as I’ve done here). Easy, easy. 😉

I really need to take a serious look at the wiki stuff. I’ve contributed to a few wikis (internal project management sorts of wikis, edits in wikipedia, etc.) but I’m interested to see if a wiki can be turned into a documentation manual, in other words as a means of document control. I have a wiki setup but I need to finish up the stuff and get everyone up to speed on that before I go forward with the wiki.

Also, I still need to finish up the online e-learning/training tutorial created for staff. In talking to a colleague with an IDD background, we came up with a couple of neat ideas. I also got a few neat ideas from the ms ppt user group at google (a treasure trove of info for those of you seeking advanced help on ppt!) Of course, nothing like thinking you have finished, only to find that the best ideas have come up. 😉

Also, a brief discussion of twitter. Twitter is just a timewaster. Maybe it has useful applications as it seems that some people are using it in interesting ways… but you know, when it comes down to it, there is always SOMETHING more important that needs doing…and if you start twittering, do not blame me. 😉

Youtube sued for 1 Billion

March 13, 2007

youtube sued


text.web. 2.0.

March 6, 2007