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As part of my study school week in Aberystwyth we had Dr. Jane Secker, Learning Technology Librarian (such a great job title!) at LSE, as a guest speaker to talk to us about the adventures of LASSIE (Libraries and Social Software in Education). I have been following the LASSIE project with interest since last summer when the initial literature review was published – for those that don’t know the project looked at social (Web 2.0) software such as online reading lists, social bookmarking, blogging and social networking, and specifically how they can be used to support distance learners. During the...

On Wednesday I attended a CoFHE event at the Open University in Milton Keynes. The event was titled "The Terrible 2.0s? Web 2.0 without tears" and covered a variety of Web 2.0 topics such as podcasting, blogging, wikis and social software in general. The keynote speaker was Peter Godwin, who started the event with a talk on Information Literacy and the Google Generation. Peter's presentation was very interesting with lots of thought-provoking points made about today's students (like those made in the CIBER report earlier this year). The main theme emerging from the talk was how today's students are visual learners who...

I'd heard of FriendFeed before today, but a Lifehacker post I read this morning encouraged me to give it a go. If you haven't heard of it before, FriendFeed is basically an aggregator of all your online social networks. It pulls together your updates from blogs, video services like YouTube, social bookmarking services like del.icio.us, picture sharing sites like Flickr and Picasa, wishlists like Amazon wishlist, etc etc! You can see in the screenshot the services is currently covers. It only took a matter of minutes to register and add my feeds so I now have a nice aggregated feed that will...

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...

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 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...

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...