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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...

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...

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...

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...