Thursday, December 16, 2010

Death of Delicious Social Bookmarking Site?

Delicious, the popular social bookmarking service owned by Yahoo! that allows users to store, annotate and share bookmarks, may be shutting down, according to various web sources.

ResourceShelf is not so sure.

Many libraries have been turning to web 2.0 tools such as Delicious:
  • MIT Updates Virtual Reference Pages Using Social Bookmarking (July 9, 2007): "The library at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is using the social bookmarking site to keep its virtual reference web pages up to date (...) What is interesting is that MIT uses an RSS feed to send the links from the account to its virtual reference collection, making maintenance a much easier task."
  • Use of Social Tagging in Libraries Spreading (September 17, 2007): "The article Tags Help Make Libraries in the online version of Library Journal describes how more and more libraries are turning to social bookmarking tools such as to organize information about recommended resources and replace the traditional subject guide."
  • More News From Federal Library Web 2.0 Interest Group (September 16, 2008): "In the summer, federal government librarians in Canada created a Web 2.0 Interest Group (WIG) to explore ways of incorporating collaborative technologies into their work (...) It was a great opportunity to see what work has been done on the Web 2.0 front. Here are a few of the projects mentioned at the roundtable that opened the meeting: ... The Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information has launched a CISTI Facebook group, a wiki for posting known problems about its online services, and has created dozens of subject guides using social bookmarks ... The Communications Security Establishment, Canada's electronic intelligence agency, uses wikis, mashups and social bookmarking ... Natural Resources Canada uses screencasting, wikis, blogs, and and is about to move to an open source library management/cataloguing system that offers social tagging of content by users ... the Public Service Commission will launch a blog pilot and wiki this fall and its library has started a account ... the Canadian Agriculture Library has set up a Web 2.0 team. Their pathfinder/research guide project is heavily based on bookmarks"
  • New and Improved Subject Guides (January 1, 2009): "The most recent issue of Partnership, a Canadian library science journal, features 2 articles on subject guides: Subject Guides: Maintaining Subject Guides Using a Social Bookmarking Site by Edward M. Corrado: 'By using Web 2.0 social bookmarking sites, libraries can more easily manage subject guides and other lists of Web resources (...) This paper describes and analyses the use of social bookmarking at a medium-sized, comprehensive college library for the creation and maintenance of modern languages subject guides. A brief technical description outlining necessary JavaScript code provides a way for librarians to try this idea elsewhere'. "

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