This weekâ€™s â€œnot just blogsâ€ installment will highlight the FGI Del.icio.us project. Some of you may have noticed the “Del.icio.us FGI” link in the top toolbar or the various blue links in the left column.
These words are tags from FGI’s account on Del.icio.us. The tags lead to all of the Web sites we’ve collected/bookmarked for future reference.
Del.icio.us is a social bookmarking service. It offers a way to save and describe (i.e., tag) Web sites for later access. The nice thing about del.icio.us is that you can see who else has tagged the site, what terms they’ve used, how they’ve described it and what other sites *they’ve* tagged under the same term. So if you go to del.icio.us you’ll see the most recent sites tagged as well as the most popular. This is a great way to discover new sites of interest, and share sites of interest with the community.
“So what?!” you might say. We think that del.icio.us can be a very useful tool for the library community. By using del.icio.us, we’re trying to create a defacto portal of sites of interest to the government documents community. And by using del.icio.us, we can collaboratively collect sites of interest. Imagine if librarians use del.icio.us to tag the sites they frequently use as they go about their reference work? In no time, you’ll collect lots of sites that you can then share with your users and your colleagues. You can link to your del.icio.us account on your library’s Web site or display your tag cloud for your community 🙂
Additionally, we’re testing out a social hack of delicious by creating and using some common tags — a controlled vocabulary if you will! If you’d like to help us out, start using the common tags listed below. That way, whenever someone tags a Web resource with, for example, “FGI:blogroll”, it’ll show up here and the whole FGI community can work together to collect Web sites and resources of interest. The other way you can help is by using the tag “for:freegovinfo” which will automatically send the link that you’ve tagged to our delicious account.
We hope you’ll explore the sites we’ve tagged, help us build the collection by using those common tags, suggest sites for us to explore by using the “for:freegovinfo” tag, and add us to your network so we can all keep track of what the community is tagging. Librarians are all about collecting, describing and giving access to information, and del.icio.us is a great way to do that online!
Questions? Still not sure why del.icio.us is useful for libraries? Leave a comment or email us at: admin AT freegovinfo DOT info.