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I was checking my blog stats recently when I noticed that some people had entered my blog via del.icio.us (or delicious as it's now known!). I then remembered that I still hadn't got round to adding the ShareThis option to my blog which I had intended to do when we re-designed it.This post outlines how I have added the options to share directly from the Joeyanne Libraryanne blog or from the feed viewed in a feed reader. Sharing from the blog ShareThis enables readers to share interesting posts with their social media or with particular people they think may be interested. As...

Thanks to Jill Hurst-Wahl at Digitization 101, I was made aware that today is Blog Day 2008. For those unfamiliar with Blog Day (and I'll admit I was until Jill made me aware of it!), the idea is that bloggers all around the world find other interesting blogs and share them with their readers by making a post about them. Here are the instructions: Find 5 new Blogs that you find interesting Notify the 5 bloggers that you are recommending them as part of BlogDay 2008 Write a short description of the Blogs and place a link to the recommended Blogs Post the BlogDay Post...

I've received confirmation that I will be attending Internet Librarian International 2008! I won't be attending the full conference but will be there on Friday 17th as I'm particularly interested in the Information Literacy track. I've always really wanted to go to ILI, particularly with it being held in the UK, so I'm really pleased that I'm able to go this year. It's the 10th Anniversary too, as recently blogged about by Brian Kelly (who unfortunately isn't able to attend this year). I'm sure I'll be blogging about my experience (hopefully on my new Acer Aspire One if I can find one...

Over the summer we have been debating the issues around Academic Library Blogging which I thought I would share. I'm also hoping the post and any comments may help consolidate my ideas also as I keep changing my mind about what should be the purpose and content of our blogs! Currently we have an Electronic Resources blog (which is linked from our website but I think is primarily aimed at library staff), other specific project blogs (mainly hosted on internal software and password protected), communication blogs (again, password protected) and 5 subject blogs. The subject blogs have been set up by...

Just a short post to share a great article passed on to me by a web designer friend. William Hicks (no relation to the comedian as far as I know!), a web designer and librarian at the University of North Texas outlines how useful libraries can be, even for those who work almost entirely on the web. He includes some great real-life examples of when a library might be able to help you with your work and why it could benefit you to visit your local academic (or public) library. Obviously, this is aimed at an American audience but I'm sure many...

A couple of weeks ago I attended a very interesting talk given by Kim Holmberg, a PhD student from Finland who is supervised by one of our lecturers at Wolverhampton. The talk was part of a series by the Statistical Cybermetrics Research Group. Kim's background is in information science and webometrics but he also has an interest in Library 2.0 and what he calls Library 3D (libraries in Second Life and similar). The talk introduced the concept of Library 2.0 which was great to see as I'm sure some of the people present had probably never heard of it. Kim tended to...

Thanks to a post by Nicole Engard, I have added the Facebook Blog Networks application to my Facebook page and registered ownership of Joeyanne Libraryanne. Facebook Blog Networks is a way to display on your Facebook profile which blogs you own, author and read so that others can find interesting blogs. It also means that each blog registered on there has it's own page where the feed is displayed (once you have enough fans!), and where readers have the opportunity to review and leave comments about the blog as you can see in the screenshot below (click for larger image, select...

One of my interests in Web 2.0 technology is using tools to improve productivity. It's the reason I love RSS feeds so much, I'm a fan of anything that can help save time or improve productivity in both my working life and life on general. When I bought my iPod Touch in December I was keen to integrate that to help increase my productivity which it did to an extent but it had the distinct disadvantage of requiring wifi to do most things. The release of the iPod Touch software 2.0 and the App Store has changed all that though...

I upgraded the blog to WordPress 2.6 last night - extra features in the latest WordPress include version history (could be useful for me as I tend to write a few drafts before publishing my longer posts), press this (a bookmarklet you can use to blog about websites etc.), picture captions, theme previews, and Google Gears support. Upgrading is always a scary experience as I'm terrified I'll lose my content (I didn't actually do it myself this time, Chris helped me). Although all seemed fine initially, I soon realised that the front page was working but the individual posts weren't showing...

As a regular user of RSS feeds (I currently subscribe to over 150 feeds and check them daily), I am keen to encourage others to use them. We have started trying to encourage students to use an RSS reader to keep up-to-date via our information skills sessions and I would like to try to promote them to researchers and academic staff also. There are a number of useful academic blogs as well as news feeds and feeds for new items in journals. I was therefore delighted to see Joe Hilton and Roddy MacLeod's article in the latest edition of SCONUL Focus detailing...