Libraries Using Delicious?
During and since the original 23 Things program, I have been aware of experiments by libraries or librarians using delicious (through linkrolls, widgets, RSS feeds or their page on Delicious) for:
- subject guides, readers advisory (for students/staff);
- start pages;
- even saving all their own blog posts to see how others bookmark them <– did anyone keep doing that?.
- More frequently my RSS readers contained discussions by teachers or teacher/librarians about using social bookmarks in classes teaching evaluation of websites as knowledge sources. First there were those using designated tags or ‘for:’ functionality of Delicious. Others talked about Diigo groups.
Are there other uses to learn about? <– Something to seek in readings
Recent reports needed
Starting with the misfortune of scholarly journals and books being static: a 2008 report is already too old. Corrado (2008) wrote about Binghamton’s experience, yet I had to go visit their website to discover they no longer appear to use delicious for Subject Guides, having switched to a commercial product. Even Berube’s (2011, p. 61) example of Nashville Public Library Teen Web no longer links to Delicious. Yet unmaintained websites are no better. For example, angelacw’s (2007) linkroll still includes many who stopped using it.
Last summer/spring I asked librarians of Chelmsford Public Library and Geelong Regional Libraries whether they could track use by patrons of Delicious rolled links. Neither did, nor had that depth of evaluation as a priority.
How do I discover other information services still or newly using delicious, or other social bookmarking tools? I’d love to know how they’re evaluating it too. My formal literature searches (keeping the date to within the last two years) are coming up zip. After exhausting my advanced Google search skills, Twitter told me KatieTT had just learned power skills:
— moonflowerdragon (@moonflowrdragon) July 22, 2012
Yet how much of my time is it worth to keep searching or to try chasing down libraries to see whether they still use Delicious?
The Bodleian Libraries are still adding items to their Delicious accounts — if only I could find out the service context, and evaluation strategies.
Somehow I always felt that if a site was worth recommending to patrons, it would be worth maintaining in a database integrated with the ILMS and OPAC. I figured that the ideal would be enabling patrons to tweet, pin, save to bookmarking sites, Like to social networks from items in library catalogues, web-pages and posts.
Other than Delicious?
Perhaps I could investigate implementations of other social bookmarking tools by information services? But if they’re all still piloting, will any have begun to get a good idea of how much value they return for the time spent playing with them?