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Bloglines are having a revamp and for those who use Bloglines you can try it out and give important feedback. I haven't been using Bloglines for very long but thought I would give it a go and I have to say it certainly seems more user friendly (I'm currently trying to see which feed reader might be best to recommend to our students who are new to RSS feeds) and a lot more reliable than some of the others I've tried....

I joined del.icio.us a few weeks ago after having read the chapter in How to Use Web 2.0 in your Library on social bookmarking. I had been meaning to join for a while and finally took the plunge. I've been gradually getting used to using it and am spending some time organising my bookmarks more clearly. As a user of Firefox (and Portable Firefox at work), I have been using the Foxmarks extension for a while now and have found it invaluable. I use the internet in many different places on many different computers; the Foxmarks extension automatically synchronises all your...

I haven't posted for a while, I've been spending most of my free time preparing for an interview (and reading Harry Potter, I'd only read the first three!). I have been working part time for the last year, which has been good as it has given me extra time to study, however it has been more of a struggle financially and I have tended to spend my free day each week catching up with housework, going to town, the bank, the doctors, etc etc! A full time job came up at my level so I decided to apply for it, and...

Thanks to the Infodoodads blog I have been introduced to a great resource this morning. Omgili is an acronym for Oh My God I Love It, and I think I do. It's a relatively new resource but something which I think could catch on with added exposure, I know I will find it useful. Taken from their About section: Omgili is a specialized search engine that focuses on "many to many" user generated content platforms, such as, forums, Discussion groups, answer boards and others. Omgili finds consumer opinions, debates, discussions, personal experiences, answers and solutions. Most of the questions have already been answered...

Degree Tutor has recently published interviews about the future of librarians, it makes very interesting reading. I haven't had chance to read many yet, but have read the interviews of Librarian In Black and Phil Bradley, both of whom talk about the importance of librarians to utilise Web 2.0 technology. My view is that the future for librarians is very exciting, the so called "information society" calls for librarians to help organise that information and enable people to find the information useful to them. I don't know if we'll continue to be known as librarians for much longer though, maybe more...

Since early May I've been helping organise our department staff development day. It's been a little hectic to say the least but the day was yesterday and it seemed successful (we'll know more when feedback is analysed but verbal feedback was very positive). Approx. 160 staff from Learning & Information Services attended; the theme was "Enhancing the student experience". The Dean of Students gave a talk in the morning and that was followed by lunch (which went down very well!) and workshops in the afternoon. There were workshops on a variety of topics, some to do with the theme of the...

Last week I attended the 51st BBSLG (British Business Schools Librarians' Group) Conference at Northampton. The theme of the conference was "User Education in the 21st Century"; a topical issue at many Universities as librarians become more and more involved in teaching information skills. The member's sharing sessions were particularly useful and there was plenty of opportunity to talk to others, hear about their experiences and pass on good practice. Peter Godwin came to give a talk on Information Literacy and Web 2.0 which I found particularly interesting; his main message seemed to echo that of Umbrella 2007 and other librarians -...

On Friday I attended an E-Learning Celebration held by the University's CELT department (Centre of Excellence for Learning and Teaching). It was a mixed experience but some of the presentations were very interesting and demonstrated how academic staff are utilising new technology. One demonstration of particular interest to me was about Second Life. I'll no doubt be posting more about Second Life in the future as I haven't even explored it myself yet but I've heard a lot about it recently from other people's blogs, listservs, CILIP Update, etc etc. Wolverhampton University are currently in the process of setting up a virtual...

LibraryThing is becoming widely used online, however has limitations on the number of book entries you can make before you have to start paying, and I've also found the software to be full of glitches. GoodReads is a similar thing which has been recommended to me. It is totally free with no limitations of book numbers, and you can also set up different shelves (e.g. a "To read" shelf which is essential for me!). I'll be giving it a go to see if it's preferable to LibraryThing, although the WAP site for LibraryThing is great when you're out and about...

Interesting video on the way information is categorised in the physical world and the digital world. David Weinberger (author of Everything is Miscellaneous) talks about the limitations of physical categorisation systems such as Dewey Decimal Classification (e.g. things can only have one place) and the advantages of digital categorisation (e.g. hyperlinks, tagging etc.). One of the many tools of the web which is really becoming utilised. [googlevideo]http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2159021324062223592&q=%22everything+is+miscellaneous%22&hl=en[/googlevideo]...