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Or how many times can I write ‘thing’ in one entry.

So I signed up for LibraryThing earlier this week, and have been adding books from my own collection and poking around the site. From a personal perspective I can see the appeal of LibraryThing. I like how you can organise books into collections, such as ‘Currently Reading’, ‘Read but unowned’ and ‘Favourites’. I could definitely see myself using LibraryThing to keep track of what I’ve bought and read recently. Each book has a page with ratings, recommendations, tags and reviews. I was interested to see what LibraryThing would automatically recommend based on what I’ve uploaded. Other Users can also list their recommendations. I find the inclusion of tags on the pages useful, as it give a bit more information about the subject of the book and how many people have read it.

Tags and LibraryThing recommendations for Mort, by Terry  PratchettI can see how LibraryThing would work well for a small library. A life account (allowing you to add as many books as you wish) is available to purchase. This would be a great way to set up an online catalogue for a smaller library.

As for me, I will probably add more books to my LibraryThing account. As I mentioned before, I think it’ll be a good way to keep track of my ever growing pile of books to read. One day I might even review some of my favourites!

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Reflections for the day, by Seattle Miles @ Flickr

Reflections for the day, by Seattle Miles @ Flickr

So Thing 13 is here, and it’s time to reflect! Whilst I’m still struggling a bit with blogging, I’m enjoying what Cam23 has offered so far. I’ve learned a lot more about web 2.0 from a work/library perspective. Although I was familiar with some of the tools already, it hadn’t really occurred to me to use them in relation to libraries. Some of them have been a big hit! I’ve continued to use RSS feeds and Google Reader. At first I used them just to keep track of other Cam23 bloggers, but now I have all of the blogs I like to read on there. I’d definitely recommend them to a friend/colleague.  I’ve also started to take a bit more care tagging things, both on Flickr and on this blog. I haven’t used Doodle since writing about it, but I would if I needed to schedule a meeting. I haven’t been using iGoogle that much, as I find it a bit distracting!

I’m looking forward to the second half of Cam23 and the next set of things! I feel that I have become more confident in using these tools, and I hope that I can continue to improve!

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After a week on holiday and then a couple of busy weeks in our library, I’ve found myself falling behind on my 23 things! Since I’m feeling a bit like a guilty child who hasn’t done her homework on time, here are my comments on SlideShare and Delicious.

I’m finding it a bit difficult to write anything about SlideShare that hasn’t been said already. I don’t really use powerpoint a huge amount (the last presentation I made was in University!), but I can appreciate that it could be useful to be able to share presentations easily. As many other people have pointed out, the quality and usefulness of the presentations differ greatly. Whilst some presentations may still be fairly clear without sound (or attending the original presentation) others may make very little sense! I like that being able to add audio to your presentations is an option and that you can add notes to accompany the slides.

Our Library uses powerpoint presentations as part of the library induction process. These are uploaded onto the students CamTools sites so they can access them at anytime. I can see that Slideshare could be another place to upload them or a place for distance students with no access to CamTools to look at them.

Onto Delicious!

I have used Delicious a couple of times (back when it was Del.icio.us), but only to browse other users bookmarks on particular subjects. Since I already have a Yahoo account, I decided I would join Delicious and have a bash at adding and tagging bookmarks. I like the idea behind Delicious. My browser bookmarks have got a little disorganised and difficult to navigate, as they are a mix of websites and random articles and links. Since I find stuff I want to go back to look at again all the time, I thought Delicious would be right up my street.

How easy is Delicious to use? Very! I’ve added the bookmarklets to my Firefox bookmark toolbar (I’ll probably install the full Firefox add-on on my PC at home). Now I only need to click on “Bookmark on Delicious” and I can save any links instantly, as well as add any tags and a description.

I’ll report back on how I’m getting on with Delicious when I’ve used it a bit more, but I have a feeling it’s going to be one of the most useful things so far! Will it save me from my haphazard bookmarking ways?

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