Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Week 6, Assignment #10 Delicious & Social Tagging

Watch video, read, explore, and blog....

Delicious could really be a great tool for doing research, especially if you were working on a book or a thesis or something, where you were working on it for a long period of time. Also very useful for a Reference Librarian. Setup the bookmarks while on your personal computer, and then when you are working the reference desk you would have them right there. Great! I saw some UMass library stuff in there already. I think for anyone who uses multiple computers this could be a great tool. You could also set up something that you were willing to share with the public so that the librarian could just give the student/researcher a link, and they would have instant access to all these sites that the librarians had already found. Very cool and useful.

I saw the Library of Congress Call Number System, Google News Archive, and many other helpful sites. I plugged in "Orlando" and saw several helpful trip planning sites. This is definitely one of the more useful and relevant sites I've seen so far.

On another tangent, my husband once set up his Christmas list this way. He tagged all the things on his wish list, and then told me his user name. All I had to do was look him up, and I could see all the expensive little things that he was hoping to get that year. I don't think he got any of them, but he certainly tried!

The downside to this site is that it does take a while to set everything up. The Optional assignment is to replace your traditional browser bookmarks with the Delicious links, and possibly add links to your blog. Great idea, but time consuming. I don't think I'll be doing that right now. Although it would be wonderful to have access to all of my bookmarks in one place, it would take forever to replicate them. It has taken me many years to build my lists of bookmarks that I have saved on my computer at work. I am not sure if I want to take the time to copy them all into Delicious, tag them all, etc, etc etc... that seems a bit overwhelming. Maybe someday, but not right now.


  1. Actually, you can import your bookmarks directly from your browser into Delicious. You don't have to copy them over individually, although you will probably have to set up tags. I think it's under Settings>Import (in Delicious). If you use Firefox there is also an add-on that makes a menu bar for Delicious and I think it automatically imports your bookmarks.

  2. love the Christmas list idea...

  3. Okay Replicake, I'm going to try that. Thanks!


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