#38 Furl


Furl is a social bookmarking tool similar to del.icio.us, but with at least one major difference. Like other social bookmarking sites, you can save, edit, tag and share websites, articles and other information on the web. The big difference with Furl is that you can save a copy of the webpage/article itself, which is then stored in your Furl archive.

If you think about news content which disappears into the protected archive, journal articles and other web content that may become unavailable for a host of reasons, this tool is a must for librarians. It is very easy to register, and you’ll be up and running within 10 minutes. A button on your toolbar is required (not an entire toolbar).

For news sites, it’s often easier to save the ‘printer friendly’ version of the page. Happy archiving!


Furl FAQ


#16 Deli.cio.us for subject guides

Del.icio.us for Subject Guides

del.icio.us can be much more than a list of websites. You can create a new account for each subject or topic, or create bundled topics within one account. You are only limited by the amount of tags you could create before your page became unmanageable.

With a bit of imagination and skill, you can use the tags to create bundled weblinks for many topics on one page. As keywording (or tagging) should be second nature to any librarian, this should be a relatively easy job, but which should be of immense value to teachers and pupils.

See http://del.icio.us/VikingLinks which has links to various aspects of Viking life, and a sub-bundle of tags relating to the Home Front (UK, World War 2).

#13 Del.icio.us for CPD

Del.icio.us for CPD

The new technologies section looks at the technical side of setting up a del.icio.us account. Once you’re up and running with it, the simplicity and power of the tool should make you aware of its potential in several different roles.

One of those is in the CPD sphere. Here is just one simple example of how you could use del.icio.us to keep up with events in the school library world.

Using the del.icio.us guide (see tip #5), set up an account.

Remember to take a note of your login details and the address of your webpage, for your own reference.

If you install the del.icio.us toolbar buttons, adding bookmarks and tags is simply a matter of clicking on the ‘tag’ button, and choosing appropriate tags, and/or making up your own. It’s that simple to create.

There is, however, a lot more to del.icio.us than that. You can view other people’s pages who have bookmarked topics or pages similar to your own. You can join networks. You can do a straight search of other people’s bookmarks and explore accordingly. It truly is ‘social bookmarking’.

It’s also quite addictive! There’s a quick example of a roving ‘CDP’ page here: http://del.icio.us/librarycpd

and a real school library page here.

#5 Deli.cio.us


del.icio.us is a social bookmarking tool where you can store your bookmarks online, and access them from any computer.

It has many features which make it particularly attractive to librarians and educators. You can create ‘networks’ of people whose interests you share. You can create ‘mini’ sites where you can have a cluster of links for a particular topic (or reading list). You can ‘subscribe’ to particular tags or keywords so that you are alerted when new ‘tagged’ sites appear.

It’s a wonderful tool for storing weblinks, and is also a very useful way to explore and annotate the web.

Deli.cio.us Guide





Bookmarks are very easy to make. It is also a lot cheaper to make them than to buy them from an external source. They will not be of the same quality, but they are disposable goods…
Using software such as Microsoft Word or Publisher, you can create a template which is easily adjustable for different designs and subject matter.
In Publisher, for example, you can set up multiple columns and insert standard text boxes with your school name etc, and image boxes.
After you’ve decided on a theme, it takes little time to find pictures and alter text accordingly. Cut and display them, and you’re in business.
To avoid copyright issues, it’s worthwhile to invest in a collection of copyright free photo and clip art. There are several excellent collections on the market for about £20-40 for hundreds of thousands of pictures.
The quality of your bookmarks depends on the quality of your printer, and the quality of the card or paper you use to print them.

Promotional Bookmarks
Once you’ve created a template for bookmarks, it’s very easy to adapt them for promotional needs.
If you’re holding any kind of event in the library, create bookmarks to publicise the details.
You might also use them to promote new titles in your library, clubs and societies, services, websites and intranets that you contribute to, library sales items, and so on.
Bookmarks can also be highly effective for entertainment value: football team crests, general trivia, literary trivia, jokes, pop trivia and quizzes.

Bookmarks: Examples