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I have two reasons to make this post today: This morning I got the go ahead for my "Using Facebook Pages to reach our users" project at work The LASSIE project is coming to an end and the reports are available online I'm really quite proud that my Facebook project is finally properly underway. Now that the Project Proposal has been OK'd with management I can really start progressing it. I have a meeting with my Project Sponsor on Monday morning when we can hopefully plan the way forward. The page is currently live (please feel free to have a look and let...

In case you haven't yet been made aware, Michael Stephens at Tame The Web has released a copy of his Tech Tips for Every Librarian articles published in Computers In Libraries magazine during 2006-7. There's some really useful articles there including information on IM, wikis, blogs and more for libraries. Great stuff!...

It really doesn't seem very long at all since we were all stressing about the Millennium bug! Thought I'd write a quick post to wish everyone a Happy New Year and think forward to 2008. I'm not really one for specific resolutions but I do like to try to think about my main aims in life and how I'm going to get there. By then end of 2008 I hope to have completed my Diploma in Information and Library Studies and become that all important "qualified information professional" - better get back to the studying really as I've done none over...

Firstly, I hope those who celebrate had an enjoyable Christmas. :) I've always been a bit of a gadget freak so I particularly enjoyed playing with a new toy at my boyfriend's parents - the iPod Touch. I've had a play with the iPhone in O2 shops and although I think it is great, I really don't think it justifies such a hefty upfront cost on top of an expensive contract so once I found out the cost it was never really an option for me. I do love some of the new features though and it really is intuitive. I...

It's always come as a surprise to me just how much we (as librarians) rely on the OPAC. It may be different at other establishments but I know here we use it for many of our enquiries (if you ignore the silly number of enquiries we get about room bookings!) and also for staff tasks such as checking reading lists, checking stock levels before weeding, etc etc. You'd think with so much of our work relying on the tool, that tool must be amazing. Sadly not. To coin a phrase used by Davey P at Huddersfield University, our OPAC sucks and...

Firstly, a brief apology for the extended time period since the last post, I've been mega busy with work, study and preparing for Christmas (as well as spending a week in Scotland which was more of the relaxing than busy variety!). If you're interested, I'll be adding photos of our Scotland visit and a trip to London yesterday to my Flickr and Facebook accounts shortly. Anyway, back to the purpose of this post. Since I first started investigating how we could utilise Facebook for our library users it's had it's fair share of issues and hoops to jump through, but it...

Facebook have finally created a section for organisations to create a page - woohoo! Groups have been possible on Facebook for quite a while, but from my experience these are not well used. You have to actively visit the page to see any updates, and in today's age of RSS feeds and e-mail subscriptions this means that people very easily forget about them - I know I do! Facebook Pages now allow organisations to create a page on Facebook and customise it (pretty much like an individual profile but you can have numerous administrators). People can then add themselves as "Fans" and...

I have been using FireFox as a browser for a while now, and Portable FireFox at work (on my USB stick). I've been very happy with FireFox however today have discovered something very similar but with bells and whistles - Flock.Flock calls itself a social web browser, mainly because it makes use of many of the social networking tools and seamlessly connects them. I am currently writing this blog post in Flock to then add it to my blog. I've already added my Facebook, Flickr, delicious, own blog and work blog accounts and can now easily access any of these...

Another book related Web 2.0 tool, BookBump lets you keep a record of your books, details of when you read them, what you thought about them, and you can even put in details of where they are and if anyone has borrowed them (I presume this is in case small libraries want to use the software but it's also handy if you lend books to your friends). It's very easy to use, with a similar design to iTunes. Books can be found by ISBN, title, author or keyword search. You can set up different folders and add books to your "Favorites"...

I've been having a play with various RSS readers since I started following blogs. Google Reader was the first that I tried and I was also using iGoogle as my start page at the time. I found Google Reader very easy to use, particularly through my start page. The good (and bad!) thing about this was that I was checking my feeds pretty much all day, whenever I went back to my start page (which I do fairly regularly as I use it for my to do list). Although this was great for keeping really up to date and meant that...