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Library Subject Guides using del.icio.us

   July 28th, 2007

del.icio.us logoCreated for LibCamp Boston, here is one method for using del.icio.us to create dynamic subject guides of web resources for a library's website.

Why do this?
Social bookmarking websites (like del.icio.us) allow for easy, no-tech-skills-needed creating & editing of web content. This content can be shared with others in a variety of ways (web searching, rss feeds, or on your library website).

Examples

The process I used to create this

  • Create del.ico.us account
  • Add your bookmarked web resources to your account
    • Use your own structured language in the tags field to create whatever categories you want
    • Using a "post to del.icio.us" toolbar button is helpful
  • Create javascript code to embed on html page
  • Add to your html page and upload to your web server

Web resources for using del.icio.us as subject guides

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27 Responses to “Library Subject Guides using del.icio.us”

  1. Angela CW Says:

    Thank you for the link! I’ve added your blog post to my del.icio.us resources page and bookmarked your Subject Guides page too.

    Angela CW

  2. Brian Herzog Says:

    No problem – thank you for the information. I’m going to start converting all of my library’s subject guides to del.icio.us this week – wish me luck.

  3. iLibrarian » A Librarian’s Guide to Creating 2.0 Subject Guides Says:

    [...] Library Subject Guides using del.icio.us [...]

  4. links for 2007-10-14 « Spinstah Says:

    [...] Library Subject Guides using del.icio.us (tags: libraries web2.0 tagging) [...]

  5. Bookmarks for Web 2.0: Applications for Children’s Services « Newark Library Blog Says:

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  6. More of…Web 2.0 for kids « Newark Library Blog Says:

    [...] Creating Library Subject Directories using del.icio.us [...]

  7. Thing 6: Social Bookmarking : kongtemplation Says:

    [...] Still, I do think delicious can come in very handy for reference staff at any kind of library. Instead of having a link directory like the kind you see on the IPL or LII, you can make recommendations through a library delicious account. Many libraries are already doing this. The thing is, you just need to keep up with it and make sure that people are adding useful websites and tagging them in a way that people will find them. This library seems to be doing a good job of it. And here’s a bit about using delicious as subject guides for libraries. Doing something like this here at Skokie PL would be worthwhile in my opinion. [...]

  8. » Enlaces en Diigo 05/06/2008 | DigiZen: Un blogfesor aprendiendo Says:

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  9. lynne Says:

    please no judgment….i don’t see the difference between the two guides.

  10. Brian Herzog Says:

    @lynne: not at all – in fact, that’s exactly what I want to hear. My point was that using del.icio.us in this way is transparent to the website visitor, while at the same time being easier for the librarian to maintain. Win-win.

    But if you’d really like to spot the differences, look in the “Other Suggested Resources” section. The one page has html bulleted lists, and the other has the feeds from del.icio.us.

  11. Subject Guides 2.0 « Informania Says:

    [...] also describes the social bookmarking site del.icio.us.  She links to a helpful Swiss Army Librarian post that describes using this tool to create Subject Guides. As examples she links to Chelmsford Public [...]

  12. Library 2.0 for You (L-2-4-U) « NELA Conference Blog Says:

    [...] Embed Delicious Bookmarks – Chelmsford does this to provide subject guides for patrons. [...]

  13. Steve Pump » Blog Archive » social bookmarking Says:

    [...] exploring the Swiss Army Librarian post on the subject, I wonder what troubles the untrained masses might have if a trained librarian [...]

  14. Week 4: Social Bookmarking « Connecticut’s 23 Things Says:

    [...] out Library Subject Guides Using Del.icio.us and look at the Subject Guide to Physics  posted by Buley Library at SCSU or the French Language [...]

  15. Radhika Says:

    Hi,….. its is really amazing i want to do work atleast 2 years…….. I wil finished M.LISc in 2008…

    Thanks
    Radhaika(Ritu)

  16. Thing #10 Got Bookmarks? « SJCPLS Bloggers Says:

    [...] A Convenient Online Tool for Reference Management Five Social Reasons to Use Social Bookmarking Library Subject Guides Using del.icio.us Tags Help Make Libraries [...]

  17. links for 2009-04-01 « CF Bloke blog Says:

    [...] Swiss Army Librarian » Library Subject Guides using del.icio.us :: Brian Herzog (tags: alissweb2) [...]

  18. mmmm…del.icio.us « LibraryTechTalk Says:

    [...] Swiss Army Librarian shows you how to use del.icio.us to create subject guides [...]

  19. del.icio.us subject guides « Touchable Archives Says:

    [...] described by Swiss Army Librarian and iLibrarian, these 2.0 subject guides are being created using resources like del.icio.us and [...]

  20. Delicious Libraries « Web 2.0 for Libraries and Information Professionals Says:

    [...] web technologies that work with delicious. For example, the Swiss Army Librarian describes in a blog post how he built a reference guide for the Chelmsford Public Library using a delicious account to [...]

  21. Tag! You’re it! « USE YOUR WORDS Says:

    [...] web interface how the two are integrated.  Although I do know it was actually done thanks to the Swiss Army Librarian who did work.  The library’s website has multiple pages that reference web resources, from [...]

  22. social bookmark Says:

    This library seems to be doing a good job of it. And here’s a bit about using delicious as subject guides for libraries. Doing something like this here at Skokie PL would be worthwhile in my opinion.

  23. Swiss Army Librarian » Library Subject Guides using Diigo :: Brian Herzog Says:

    [...] awhile now, I’ve been using the library’s Delicious account to create dynamic subject guides on the library’s [...]

  24. פוסטים שעוסקים בדלישס + בחירת סיפרייה (שאלה 6) « milgaee Says:

    [...] קראתי את הפוסטים http://angelacw.wordpress.com/2007/06/04/delicious-libraries/ http://www.swissarmylibrarian.net/2007/07/28/library-subject-guides-using-delicious/ ובראשון מצאתי סיפרייה שהכותב התרשם מדרך שימושה בדלישס [...]

  25. Swiss Army Librarian » Delicious Has A New Home :: Brian Herzog Says:

    [...] I, for one, am happy about this announcement – yay for not having to rework the library’s subject guides. [...]

  26. Dan Kleinman of SafeLibraries Says:

    Warning, the above information may be seriously out of date as Delicious is under new management and provides different technological solutions.

  27. טכנולוגיות מידע מתקדמות תרגיל 3 « judithreifgelman Says:

    [...]  בכתובת  http://angelacw.wordpress.com/2007/06/04/delicious-libraries/  .ובכתובת http://www.swissarmylibrarian.net/2007/07/28/library-subject-guides-using-delicious/   בחרתי משם את ספריית בוסטון שהיא ספרייה שיש לה חשבון [...]