Saturday, October 11, 2008

Legal Research Rollyo


Monday, February 18, 2008

Tagging, Folksonomies and Online Applications

I was primarily responsible for designing the current Blue 2.0 module of "Tagging, Folksonomies & Online Applications." But I'm still going to write about it.

I started using del.icio.us last Spring when I was working on a bibliography for an AALL committee that utilized a lot of online resources and I kept losing track of my links when I'd bounce back and forth between my office and the reference desk. (my del.icio.us) Now I split the use between personal and professional links of interest. In general, I find that I'm not a good tagger, both on del.icio.us and my blog. I guess I don't have that "cataloger's mind."

As far as google docs go, to be perfectly honest, I never used them before I was assigned the module. However, now that I've seen how easy they are to use, I can definitely see using them for group projects. I guess, as Beth noted, we can also use Sharepoint to do that, but my success with Sharepoint is hit or miss. So I like having another option.

We had an optional exercise of using LibraryThing, but again, I'm terrible at keeping track of the books I read. I'm having some better success doing that recently with a certain application on Facebook, but I guess we'll wait until the Facebook module to discuss that.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Weeks 3 & 4 - Zeal of the Converted

I have to admit, when we began planning for Blue 2.0, I was not an RSS user. I didn't really think I needed to. Sure, I read a ton of blogs, but I didn't mind going down the lists in my bookmarks folder. It didn't seem like it took that much extra time.

But, trying to be a good egg, I decided to give them a try in late December. I've accepted Google as my personal lord and savior (displacing Oprah), so I decided to set up RSS feeds via my iGoogle pages. With iGoogle, I can set up different tabs and have rss feeds going into each one. So, I have law library blogs in one tab, library tech blogs in another, blogs that my SLIS blog posse write, etc. The only trick to setting it up is that you have to have a google open to the tab you want the feed to go into. I also set up a tab for the Blue 2.0 blogs, and I found out that it's easy to share a tab with someone else via e-mail.

Now that I have had them going for about two months, I have to say the RSS feeds do make life easier and I don't really know how I lived without them. They're especially useful for some of the non-professional blogs I read, which don't update as frequently as the library ones. I also can just scan the post titles to decide whether or not it's something that I would want to investigate. The one problem is that it limits itself to 3 posts per blog box and some blogs, such as the Law Librarian Blog, usually have 5-6 new posts a day, so I end up visiting it anyway.

As for wikis, I was pretty down on them for a long time, but then I realized that there are more uses for them than wikipedia. I use my wiki for class presentations that have a lot of electronic resources. True, I could just use the library's webpage, but I like the fact that I don't have to go through IT (because they already have a lot on their plates, not because they're not perfectly wonderful guys). I also have in my long list of plans to somehow incorporate wikis with 1L research, since collaborative learning is supposed to be the most effective. I also think they would be a good platform for a reference manual.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Blogging: Activity Three

I am very comfortable with blogs and blogging, but I had a bit of a trouble setting up this blog. For some reason, the first template I chose didn't want to properly display the header. It was an easy enough problem to fix...I just chose a new template! Actually, I probably could have fixed it by moving around the "blocks" in the layout tab but I didn't feel like doing that this morning. It's easy enough to play around with them at any time during the life of a blog, so I can always go back to that.

Even though I am one of the coordinators of Blue 2.0, there are a few of the applications covered that I could use some practice on. So I'll be blogging my experiences here and following along the program with everyone else.

Testing

Just a first post to check template.