Social Networking for Information Professionals

Monthly Archives: January 2013

Obtaining the RSS Feeder Reader tool was simple and once installed on my toolbar, easy to obtain any RSS feeds I wished to subscribe to.

My first example of RSS in action was the National Archives of Australia http://www.naa.gov.au/.  The homepage offered the RSS feed button which made it relatively easy to obtain the feed.  I was fed Media releases, information on Cabinet records released, exhibit details, event announcements.  This type of feed greatly enhances the National Archive’s ability to meet the information needs of its users.  The user does not have to go into the NAA’s website search engine constantly to check on the information they required, the information is pushed to them by the tool.

The second example was Trove http://trove.nla.gov.au/.  Trove offers a “themed” feed which allows a user to only receive feeds that meet a keyword criterion.  This appears at the bottom of the search results page, where the reader is invited to ‘subscribe to this webfeed’ (another word for RSS).  Trove’s use of filtered RSS demonstrates one of its advantages – unlike Twitter, which simply pushes out anything the author Tweets, Trove’s RSS feed allows the subscriber to only receive headlines that meet a set of specific search criteria.  This makes Trove’s use of RSS somewhat friendlier than that of the National Archive as the theme and filter functions cut down on the number of unwanted feed items.

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Setting up a delicious.com account was quite easy.  The hard part, as a novice in this area, was getting my head around what I could do.  I struggle at times with getting around sites fast, I tend to explore first before actually doing anything.  This exploring tends to lead me off the path of what I was supposed to be doing in the first place – like getting an activity done.  On the other hand it does lead me into getting to know “stuff” about what it is I should be doing.  A useful resource I found, 7 things you should know about social bookmarking, http://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/ELI7001.pdf helped to explain what social bookmarking was all about.

So, back to the first part of the activity where I “linking your account to others”. This took a bit of time – figuring out how to do this, but I got there.  It was not as direct as I think it could have been.  Within the search feature of Delicious typing in the username ‘lyn_hay’ got nowhere.  I ended up doing a Google search on Lyn Hay and added her to my following list through her blog, I think (that’s the trouble with trying to remember what you did in the morning and coming back to it in the afternoon).  It was only after I had added her to my following list and clicking in that I should of been searching with an @ in front of her name – @lyn_hay.

The next part of this activity – tag a few resources!  Again I had to remind myself to stop playing and get the activity done.  I have tagged a few resources and I am sure that I will continue to do this throughout this subject.  Now that I have the “Add to Delicious” bookmarklet https://delicious.com/tools it will be not only easy to do but easy for me to remember to do.  I am much better at utilizing something when I have a cause to use it for, other than just having a play.  By using Delicious throughout this subject I will, by the looks of things now, continue using it beyond this subject.

The final part of this activity asks me to give “a brief statement on the different ways an information organisation may be able to utilise Delicious to support information services, learning and/or collaboration of users and/or employees”.  In my search for finding resources I found many have already made these lists such as http://www.libsuccess.org/Social_Bookmarking and have added them to my Delicious account.