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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...

Writing about: pdf24 and their tools for Pageflakes and iGoogle. As my home PC, work laptop and work PC all have different versions of Office on, I seem to be forever converting documents and adjusting them to suit wherever I need to print. For example, I recently used our home PC (which has Office 2007) to make a nice fancy report, but some of the items weren't compatible with Office 2000 or 2003 and when I took it into work to finish it off and print it, it moved all my page numbers around and shifted things to different pages. All very...

Well, the point has finally arrived where I get to blog for work! One of our academic schools is concerned by their low student support results from the most recent student survey, and have approached the Learning Centre asking what we can do to help. A large percentage of their students are part time (almost 70%!) so one of the problems in the past has been that they are unable to visit the Learning Centre very regularly so aren't fully aware of our services. This is particularly true for those students who work full time and only come into the University...

Found via The Other Librarian: Halifax Public Libraries have recently launched an initiative called the Learning 2.0 Challenge to encourage staff to become more engaged in Web 2.0/Library 2.0 tools. It includes blogging (one of the tasks is to create your own blog), RSS feeds, wikis, podcasts, social software and online instant messaging. It's a voluntary thing but seems to have sparked interest already which is great news. I think having an incentive to join in probably helps (there is a prize draw for those who complete the course), but it also demonstrates that people really are interested in giving...

CILIP have been trying to widen the community section of their website for a while now and one of their newer innovations is the CILIP members blog landscape. It's basically a collection of library related blogs written by members of CILIP. A short summary of the most recent posts can be viewed by anyone (you don't need to sign in to the CILIP website) and they link to the original blog posts if you want to read more.I may be slightly biased (my blog has been added to the list!), but I really do think this is a great...

I've just returned from an interesting week at my second study school in Aberystwyth. As usual, it gave me a lot to think about in terms of librarianship - through both lectures as well as chatting with others on the course. Just a quick blog post for now as I have a lot to catch up both in study and work (I've been off work for over 2 weeks and need to get ready for the influx of new students on Monday!), but something which really interested (and surprised) me was the lack of Web 2.0 chat. As an example, in my...