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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!

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?

La caverne aux livres

Image by gadl @ Flickr, click for original.

I think Flickr is awesome. It’s probably my most visited website (yes even more so than my email). I’ve been using Flickr to organise and share my photography for several years now, and I haven’t found anything that beats it. It’s easy to tag and group your photos into sets (you can even group your sets into collections if you want to be super organised!) You can also send your photographs to groups which collect photographs on a theme. I also enjoy how social Flickr is, you can add other users as contacts, follow their photostreams and comment on their work. I recommend taking some time to browse through Explore, and look at the most interesting photography from the last 7 days.

Image by Thomas Hawk @ Flickr, click for original.

Before Cam23, I’d never used Flickr to look for Creative Commons material. I think it’s a great idea to make it easy to search for material you can use, and the Creative Commons icons on these photos gives a clear breakdown of how exactly you can use the images, something I had found a bit confusing previously.  I think a Flickr site for our library would be a nice way to display photographs from events and of displays.

I was going to use a picture of the blue twitter bird for this post, but the urge to post a cute bird Pokemon prevailed.

I’ve got a twitter account for my hobby blog, which I’ve used for a while. I don’t update it as often as   I’d like, but when I do it’s usually to tweet about pictures I’ve posted on Flickr (as you can link the two together by using the ‘blog about’ function on Flickr).  I’ve installed the twitterfeed on my iGoogle, and I’m going to try one of the desktop clients at home. Hopefully by exploring it a bit more, I’ll find more and more benefits and uses for Twitter in libraries.  My Cam23 tweets can be found over here and I’ve added a shiny new ‘Follow Me’ button to my blog page.

I found twitter became more interesting and useful as I added people to follow.  It’s a good way to get information, especially when people post links to blogs/websites of relevance. I like how easy it is to follow cam23 related tweets by using the cam23 hash tag. I also like the social aspect of Twitter, it is a fun way to have conversations and discussions, as well as being a good method of sharing information.  We have a Twitter feed for the Education Faculty Library, which is mainly used for updating about opening hours.

A bit about Tags…

A lot of the websites I use (or have used in the past) incorporate tags. Tag clouds and lists are one of the first things I tend to look for when I find a new blog, as I find them really helpful when I’m looking for information about a certain subject. As a result I’ve tried to be consistent in my tagging for this blog. WordPress has a tool which suggests tags you have used previously and your most used tags, which helps to use the same ones rather than making up new ones all the time! I wish my approach to tagging hadn’t been so haphazard on other sites.  I can rarely find what I’m looking for in my own Flickr photographs through the tags, so what hope does anyone else have?

(Pokemon image from Bulbagarden)

This is the first time I’ve used Doodle (well, it’s yet another tool I’d never even heard of before Cam23), and it was a far better experience than I had predicted. It’s very simple to set up and uncomplicated to use. I like the way it gives you some hints about how to get the best results whilst you are building your poll. Although I found it easy to use,  I’m not sure how much I would use Doodle for meetings within our library.  However, I would certainly consider using it if I were trying to organise a much larger meeting with people outside of our library. I’ll probably give some of the other suggested tools (meet-o-matic and Tungle.me) a go just to see how they compare.

Next up is  Google calendar! I haven’t been using a calendar of my own recently, as most of our library schedule is available through our CamTools site. However, I’ve been using Google Calendar to schedule when to do particular tasks (as well as stuff outside of work)  and it’s working well! It’s less fiddly than my phone calendar, and the email updates are useful.  The calendar is fairly simple to use and I’ve added it to my iGoogle page. As Emma-Jane mentioned in her entry about Google Calendar, I could see it being useful to our library during Michaelmas Term when we have lots of new groups of students coming in to register.

I’m incredibly impressed by all the Cam23 blogs so far!  Since the blog roll has become so vast,  I’ve used Girl in the Moon’s shared feed to add all of the blogs to Google Reader. I only have 300 posts left to view until I’m caught up ;D

I chose WordPress to create my blog, as I have used Blogger previously and wanted to try something new (well that and I was wooed by the pretty layouts).

Overall, it’s been going pretty well.  As a site, I find WordPress to be well presented and easy to navigate. Writing blog entries is simple as you can either use a visual editor (lets you easily add pictures, format text and add links) or an HTML editor (if you feel brave and want to fiddle about with code). I’m lazy, so I write mine in the visual one. The site saves in progress posts automatically, which is really useful. It also has an option to schedule a post for a specific time. I’m trying it out with this entry, so If you can read this, it’s worked!

I’ve found reading peoples Cam23 blogs really interesting. Not only is it great to see whether people like the tools or not, I like seeing how what people have been using them for. I’ve just got to be brave now and comment on a few peoples blogs!