Social Networking for Information Professionals

Activity – Delicious

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.

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Assessment item 1c

Describe what you expect to learn  from completing INF206

I expect to learn how I may use social networking to my advantage for private, work and study use.  I would like to get over the fear of putting my thoughts and contributions ‘out there’.

It would be great to be able to then teach the knowledge I have gained to family and colleagues who have this same fear.

Assessment item 1b

List what social networking technologies and sites you already use (for personal, work and study purposes)

  • for personal use – facebook, email.
  • for work use – intranet, email.
  • for study – forums through CSU’s interact and now with this subject blogging with WordPress, facebook and twitter.

Assessment item 1a

Define what social networking is (in your own words)

In my opinion Social Networking is people coming into groups to discuss online their shared interest.  I see it as the progression from discussions in person around the campfire, to people connecting with each other in different ways because of the distance between them. These included the invention of the postage stamp (to send letters), then the telephone (to speak to each other), two way radio, on to the teleprinter (the first on-line tool), then the fax machine (for documents and photos), email and eventually web sites that enable people to connect and share information though the World Wide Web.  As the Web is worldwide, it gives users the opportunity to get acquainted with people from many different countries and form friendships across diverse cultures.

Interests could be family, religion, school (primary, secondary, university or adult education), hobbies such as cooking or sewing, sports groups, politics.  Organisational social networks can support the teams or departments in the workplace.

Before the advent of personal computers and the internet, these groups would have only come together within the community they lived in.

Hello world! This is my online learning journal.

My online learning journal (OLJ) will record evidence that I have:

(a) engaged in the self-paced modules, online readings and online class discussions throughout session 201290; and

(b) completed a number of immersive learning activities using a range of social networking tools, and documented reflections and evaluations of these learning experiences throughout the session.