#98 Library Thing

If you haven’t come across Library Thing, you should have a look.

It can be used for pleasure, browsing and review purposes. It can also be used as a tool, as books are catalogued on the site. For sure, mostly by amateurs and using Library of Congress cataloguing, but still worth investigating.

You could also use it to network with like minded book lovers, or other professionals.

The site tour is here.


#94 Flickr

Flickr is well known to most, it’s one of the better photo storage and sharing sites.

It has some very nifty features including the ability to create custom goods from your photos (promotion), create quality photo books and upload video clips.

One of the little touches is the ability to add notes to photos. These are not the same as tags, but are ‘hotspots’ on the photo itself which give you information when you run your cursor over them. Sounds dull, but have a look at this labelled photo. If you imagine parts of a book, parts of a web address, parts of your library etc, you might begin to see the potential for this tool.

#93 Facebook

I’ve been on Facebook for a while, but haven’t really done much with it apart from keep in touch with a few friends I contact in other ways anyway.

However, the software has a lot of potential to network, and it may take over from mailing lists and newsgroups eventually. There are some relevant librarian groups, like the ones below.

Library 2.0 Interest Group

Libraries & Librarians

Libraries Using Facebook Pages

#54 Mind Maps


Mind maps: you either love them or hate them. Many see mind maps as a gimmick, no better than upmarket versions of good old fashioned ‘spider’ diagrams and no more useful.

However, it’s worth trying them out before making a judgement. I was introduced to them by a teacher about 5 years ago, and I was very sceptical. I became a convert after finding them very useful for project planning in my work. I now use them for several uses in my personal and professional life.

Different people use them at different levels: I use the schematic branching facilities of mind mapping software, but am not terribly impressed by the colour aspect of branching. It doesn’t help me, but it obviously does help others.

I find them extremely useful for gathering my thoughts when planning projects, or even something as simple as designing a library guide.

There is free software available to enable you and your pupils to mind map, and there are people out there who are seriously convinced about its benefits. There are also sites devoted to mind maps and mind mapping tools.

Worth a look.

#48 Web Content (2)

Web Content

There are obvious areas to concentrate on in a school library website. So what else could you publish? Here’s a few suggestions:

  • Opening hours, holiday times
  • List of library services
  • Curricular Links
  • Library staff qualifications and biography
  • Events information: World BookDay, Poetry Week etc
  • CPD record
  • Library photographs
  • Virtual tour
  • Podcast
  • Information Literacy guides
  • Search engine guides
  • Worksheets and/or workshops
  • Library handbook
  • Links to other school library sites
  • RSS feeds

As your options increase due to the advent of web 2.0, soon you may be able to display dynamic and relevant content without creating it yourself. If you’re starting out, it’s also useful to observe those who’ve been working at it for some time.

#47 23 Things

23 Things

This site is brought to you by the California School Library Association, and is magnificent.

Basically, this is self discovery programme that looks at 23 things related to web 2.0 technologies. Feedback from participants seems to be very positive, and if you follow it through your knowledge of web 2.0 technologies should be increased greatly. Well worth a visit!

23 Things

#46 Web Content: Reading

Web Content

Whatever tool you’re using to get your message across on the web, your actual content is, or should be, king. So what to link to? Author and book sites are the most obvious place to start, some starting points listed below.






Google Directory

Jubilee Books

Random House


Strongest Links

Teen Reads

The Wee Web

The Word Pool

UK Children’s Books

Yahoo Directory

Book Reviews


Guardian Children’s Library

Jubilee Books

Penguin Children


Teen Reads