#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.

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#69 Blogs For Feedback

Blogs For Feedback

Most professional blogs tend to turn off comments, or at the very least have moderated comments. In an educational environment, I would not advise the former, but the latter can be very useful.

A previous post looked at blog creation. One of your options is to turn on the comments feature, but be able to view the comments before publication. This a good way of gathering feedback from your pupils, in terms of general comments on library services, or book reviews, or hobbies, or anything that interests them.

You may even pick up some robust feedback from the comments you choose not to publish…

#68 Pageflakes & Netvibes

Pageflakes & Netvibes

These two web 2.0 tools are a combination of hundreds of widgets which can be mixed and matched to create pages and sites which will do just about anything you require.Firstly, you need to decide what you want to do. Then sign up, and start experimenting with the tools or widgets (called ‘Flakes’ on Pageflakes). There are so many combinations of widgets and tools that there isn’t a hope of covering them here, and you are only limited by your own imagination.

Pageflakes tend to have better quality tools, but in Netvibes there are a lot more of them.

Pageflakes

Review of Pageflakes

Netvibes

Review of Netvibes

#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

#43 Web 1.0 v Web 2.0

Web 1.0 v Web 2.0

It is always tempting to post information on school Intranets and websites, to keep your pupils informed, and also to highlight the library’s role in the life of the school, and to raise its profile.

However, it is worth asking whether this is the most appropriate way to do things. Is it easier to create a blog rather than update a school website? As many librarians find out, updating a school website can be a chore, particularly if you don’t have the ability or access to update pages yourself. Also, with a blog you have complete editorial and administrative control.

As discussed earlier, it is very easy to create a blog. After taking the following into consideration, it is worth looking at the blog route as the solution to keeping pupils and staff informed:

  • Will the school have any objections to a library blog?
  • Will I be able to brand it? (Regional logo, school crest)
  • Does my school or regional authority already have acces to in-house blogging technology?
  • Who will be allowed to post?
  • Will I have time to update it regularly?
  • Do I actually have anything to say?
  • Will any one read it; how will I promote it?

Many librarians have already decided that blogging technology is for them, and have some excellent sites. Some are listed below.

A Library By Any Other Name

Anne Johnstone’s Library Blog

Bramcote Hills LRC

City of London Academy

Cumnock Academy Library Blog

Infomancy

Joyce Valenza

Judy O’ Connell

Librain

Meredith Farkas

School Library Land

How To Use Weblogs Safely In Schools (Becta)

#17 RSS Feeds

RSS Feeds

RSS feeds are easy to set up and can be of use to pupils, academic staff and librarians.

RSS (or Really Simple Synication) is an easy way of cherry picking from the flood of information available on the web. Instead of going looking for information on a daily basis (or ignoring it altogether), you can pick the sources that you trust and find interesting, and arrange for the information to come to you.

This is vastly superior to reacting to emails that come at you every minute of the day and interfere with your daily routine.

With an RSS feed, after you have set them up, you choose the time of day when you choose to review and read items as appropriate.

RSS Feed Guide

#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).