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Following on from my previous post about finding people to follow on Twitter, I recently found out about WeFollow, another Twitter directory, thanks to Phil Bradley. The homepage has the top categories (those with most followers) and lists the top five tweeters/twitterers (not sure what the term would be!) in each category. You can click on the topics on the right hand side of the homepage to find people in different categories, and you can use the search box to find categories which aren't featured on the front page. You can see a list of librarians currently on WeFollow which ranks...

A couple of weeks ago I attended the online 23 Things Summit organised by WebJunction, MaintainIT, the State Library of Kansas, and the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library. It was held in America so the timezone difference worked out well for me as it meant I was at home in the evening. For those not aware of 23 Things, it is also sometimes called Learning 2.0 and is a staff development programme designed for library staff. It uses blogging as the main tool for reflective learning and introduces staff to new web tools (the "things") each week, which they then...

This is the third of a series of posts about the iPhone/iPod Touch. As Twitter has received so much publicity recently, I thought it may be useful to write about Twitter applications you can use on your iPhone/iPod Touch. For anyone who isn't sure what Twitter is, you may find my earlier posts on Twitter - what is it and how can it be used? and Finding people to follow on Twitter useful as an introduction. Please feel free to follow me, I am joeyanne on Twitter. iPhone/iPod Touch applications for Twitter Twitter applications are probably of most use to iPhone users as...

I still have a few drafts planned for the series of posts about the iPhone/iPod Touch, but thought it was worth a brief mention that today I have implemented the WPtouch plugin (thanks to Josh at Goblin Cartoons) to optimise this blog for iPhone/iPod Touch users. It was an ideal opportunity to also test the new functionality in Wordpress 2.7 which allows you to install plugins from the admin dashboard (instead of downloading, unzipping, and uploading to your plugin directory). This seems to work very well and is a lot less hassle. Anyway, here's what the blog now looks like from an...

I've been administering the Facebook Page for University of Wolverhampton Learning Centres for just over a year now. It's been a great learning process for me - not only the actual process of creating and developing the Facebook Page but also managing my first project with all the associated paperwork and processes involved. Over the course of the year, many librarians have been in touch asking for advice about whether or not to create a Facebook Page for their library; many have gone on to do so, others are still unsure. My personal recommendation is to give it a go if users...

Just noticed an interesting OPAC survey mentioned in the latest edition of CILIPs Library + Information Gazette which I thought would be worth sharing here. Following on from Dave Pattern's nationwide survey to see what we think of our OPACs in 2007 (see more details of the survey and its results on his Self-plagiarism is style blog), Bowker have launched a new survey to discover what librarians currently think about their OPACs to see whether things have improved at all. Taken from the survey: In October 2007, David Pattern from the University of Huddersfield published the results of his OPAC satisfaction survey and...

[caption id="attachment_375" align="alignnone" width="397" caption="Library 2.0 mashup using tags in delicious.com"][/caption] Following on from a blog post at CILIP's Library and Information Update blog about a resource produced using tags in delicious, the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills have re-purposed their initial digitalgovuk mashup and produced a library2.0 resources mashup. The mashup uses delicious (for the resources), SimplePie (to handle the RSS feed), and Thumbshots (to create the screenshots). The page is automatically updated with anything tagged in delicious with the term library2.0. I like this idea as a way to present similar resources, although apart from a pretty page it doesn't...

This is the second of a series of posts about the iPhone/iPod Touch. With the recent announcement of the Kindle 2 from Amazon, I thought it was a good time to talk about e-books. Despite being a librarian with an interest in technology, I still haven't actually seen an e-book reader in the flesh. I'd like to see a Kindle (and particularly the new version) but sadly it is still only available across the pond in USA. Sony's e-book reader is available via Waterstones in the UK, which I recently read a great review of from Ian at Thoughts of a [wannabe]...

I've had a few people who are new to Twitter recently ask me how to find people to follow, so thought it would be useful to share my experiences and also share a new resource I found this morning. Most of the people I currently follow are either people I already knew were using Twitter (usually via mentioning it on their blog), or people I have found through them. When I first joined Twitter, I used other librarian's lists to see who they were following. The likelihood is that I might also find some of the people they are following of...

I'm always impressed with simple ideas to help users at their point of need, whether that's physical signs when libraries can be confusing, or pointers to help users on the library website. Something which impressed me last year was the idea of adding help to error pages on the library catalogue. Following examples such as David Lee King at Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, many libraries added Meebo widgets to error pages of their OPACs so that when users could not find what they were looking for on the OPAC they could immediately ask for help from a virtual librarian...