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I recently found out about this from a recent post on Phil Bradley's weblog - a list of top tools for learning voted for by learning professionals (also a list of top tools for learners has been added), compiled by Jane Hart. Phil's post inspired me to think about what my current top 10 tools are, which I will shortly be sending to Jane who now accepts entries via Twitter. My tools aren't in any particular order, it was hard enough to decide on my top ten let alone rank them! Wordpress - my blogging software of choice which just gets better and...

A couple of months ago there was a major backlash from the library community in the UK regarding CILIP and it's use (or lack of) Web 2.0 technologies. It started with Bob McKee's All of a Twitter post on his From the Chief Executive's Desk blog, which was responded to by Phil Bradley in his CILIP - Epic Fail post. There were others who responded either on the original post from Bob (although at the time this was only open to CILIP members, something which had always irked me but has thankfully now been changed, on Phil's post, on their own...

A few weeks ago there were some major changes with the layout of Facebook (more on the official Facebook blog). The change has been pretty unpopular with quite a lot of people, although I have to say I personally quite like the change of focus. Facebook is now far more focused on following the activities of your friends on your home page, in a similar way to Twitter (Facebook did try to buy Twitter earlier this year so it's probably no coincidence that they are changing in this way). At around the same time of the change, Facebook also changed its...

Following on from my previous post about finding people to follow on Twitter, I recently found out about WeFollow, another Twitter directory, thanks to Phil Bradley. The homepage has the top categories (those with most followers) and lists the top five tweeters/twitterers (not sure what the term would be!) in each category. You can click on the topics on the right hand side of the homepage to find people in different categories, and you can use the search box to find categories which aren't featured on the front page. You can see a list of librarians currently on WeFollow which ranks...

This is the third of a series of posts about the iPhone/iPod Touch. As Twitter has received so much publicity recently, I thought it may be useful to write about Twitter applications you can use on your iPhone/iPod Touch. For anyone who isn't sure what Twitter is, you may find my earlier posts on Twitter - what is it and how can it be used? and Finding people to follow on Twitter useful as an introduction. Please feel free to follow me, I am joeyanne on Twitter. iPhone/iPod Touch applications for Twitter Twitter applications are probably of most use to iPhone users as...

I still have a few drafts planned for the series of posts about the iPhone/iPod Touch, but thought it was worth a brief mention that today I have implemented the WPtouch plugin (thanks to Josh at Goblin Cartoons) to optimise this blog for iPhone/iPod Touch users. It was an ideal opportunity to also test the new functionality in Wordpress 2.7 which allows you to install plugins from the admin dashboard (instead of downloading, unzipping, and uploading to your plugin directory). This seems to work very well and is a lot less hassle. Anyway, here's what the blog now looks like from an...

I've been administering the Facebook Page for University of Wolverhampton Learning Centres for just over a year now. It's been a great learning process for me - not only the actual process of creating and developing the Facebook Page but also managing my first project with all the associated paperwork and processes involved. Over the course of the year, many librarians have been in touch asking for advice about whether or not to create a Facebook Page for their library; many have gone on to do so, others are still unsure. My personal recommendation is to give it a go if users...

[caption id="attachment_375" align="alignnone" width="397" caption="Library 2.0 mashup using tags in delicious.com"][/caption] Following on from a blog post at CILIP's Library and Information Update blog about a resource produced using tags in delicious, the Department of Innovation, Universities and Skills have re-purposed their initial digitalgovuk mashup and produced a library2.0 resources mashup. The mashup uses delicious (for the resources), SimplePie (to handle the RSS feed), and Thumbshots (to create the screenshots). The page is automatically updated with anything tagged in delicious with the term library2.0. I like this idea as a way to present similar resources, although apart from a pretty page it doesn't...

This is the second of a series of posts about the iPhone/iPod Touch. With the recent announcement of the Kindle 2 from Amazon, I thought it was a good time to talk about e-books. Despite being a librarian with an interest in technology, I still haven't actually seen an e-book reader in the flesh. I'd like to see a Kindle (and particularly the new version) but sadly it is still only available across the pond in USA. Sony's e-book reader is available via Waterstones in the UK, which I recently read a great review of from Ian at Thoughts of a [wannabe]...

I've had a few people who are new to Twitter recently ask me how to find people to follow, so thought it would be useful to share my experiences and also share a new resource I found this morning. Most of the people I currently follow are either people I already knew were using Twitter (usually via mentioning it on their blog), or people I have found through them. When I first joined Twitter, I used other librarian's lists to see who they were following. The likelihood is that I might also find some of the people they are following of...