UCF Librarians are always on the lookout for new ways to reach our users and promote our online collection. Instead of waiting for the Internet Generation to come to us we are going to them - with Web 2.0 technologies. Most recently Athena Hoeppner and Aysegul Kapucu started a project to use the popular social bookmarking site, del.icio.us, to connect students and faculty to hand-picked databases.
Del.icio.us (pronounced as "delicious") is a web service where individuals can create, store, and share links. It is similar to IE Favorites or Firefox Bookmarks, but online and sharable. Once you place a bookmark into del.icio.us you can customize it with tags. Tags can be anything from descriptive keywords, to evaluations, to project names – any text that will help you organize and share the bookmark. The Libraries has an account with bookmarks the databases collection: http://del.icio.us/ucflibrary.
The real benefit of the Libraries' del.icio.us project results from tags that identify specific databases selected for an individual or class. For example, Professor Smith decides to distribute a list of recommended databases and online journals to her students. She can ask a librarian to tag the selected databases and journals with her course name (i.e. PSY3213). Professor Smith and her students could reach the chosen databases and journals by going to http://del.icio.us/ucflibrary/psy3213.
For more information on the UCF Libraries del.icio.us project contact Athena Hoeppner and Aysegul Kapucu:
Anyone can have a del.icio.us account. Some uses for an account
Try del.icio.us for yourself and ask a librarian how del.icio.us/work for you.
Last updated August 10, 2011 12:07:43 PM