#22 Other Libraries

Other Libraries

It is easy to become insular about the particular area of the profession that you work in.

There is no good reason why a school librarian shouldn’t have links with other types of library: public, further education, university and specialist. There are many issues that can be explored and ideas that can be shared.

If you don’t have the time and/or contacts to explore face to face, trawl the websites and share the knowledge.

Public Libraries On The Web 

UK University & Colleges List





#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