#38 Furl

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

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.