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[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...

I've been a Twitter user (joeyanne) on and off for a few months now, but have only recently started to use it regularly. It seems to have suddenly become more popular; Stephen Fry talked about it on last week's Jonathan Ross show, and there's a video of him talking about twitter on the BBC site which is currently the most viewed video on there. I've personally noticed an increase in use of Twitter recently due to the number of followers I seem to be getting - I don't have loads but most days in the last couple of weeks...

I recently completed a survey for an MSc dissertation project about academic librarians and their involvement in reasearch. Details of the survey (taken from the website): Whilst academic librarians have as a core responsibility facilitating the research of others, not as many conduct their own. The purpose of this study is to understand more fully the motivations and barriers for UK academic librarians to conduct research and to publish. This study will take place during the autumn and winter of 2008. This study will form the core of a dissertation in support of an MSc Information and Library Management at the University...

Just over a year ago I had my first go on an iPod Touch and raved about it. Shortly after I caved in and bought myself one. At the time, although I loved my new gadget I was worried I'd made the wrong decision as it isn't a cheap gadget at £269 (as was the price of my 16GB model this time last year). However, looking back over the last year, I can definitely say it was not a waste of money. I absolutely love my iPod Touch and use it on an almost daily basis. Since I bought it, there...

I've recently noticed that I'm getting quite a lot of visitors who have been searching for information on the Acer Aspire One (AAO) and its capabilities, so thought it would be useful to write a review of my experiences to date to address some of these queries. If you would like any further information or want me to test something on the AAO please e-mail me and I'll do my best to help. I've had my AAO (A150-Bw model) for a few months now and have tested it in a number of different circumstances. I've taken it to my study school...

Are you sometimes afraid to open your RSS reader as you know you will be met by a shockingly large amount of unread items? Up until recently, I was - I particularly noticed it when I didn't check my RSS feeds as frequently as usual back in October when I waspreparing for my interview, finishing my Diploma, and then went to Florida for 2 weeks . When I opened it up again after the break, I had thousands of unread items and found myself flicking through most of them with little interest. I started to look at Google Reader's Trends to...