Interesting Tagging Site

I like the way they use tagging at 43things, although I haven’t looked closely enough to find out exactly how they’re doing it. I think it could be useful in a library, maybe for finding out what users want most from their library or community and why. It would, at least, be more fun than taking a survey.

If you stumble upon interesting uses of tags/bookmarks, please leave a comment. And, let us know your ideas for applying any of them to libraries.


  1. 43things is very interesting from an outreach standpoint. Here are individuals who are publicly acknowledging that want to become librarians [found by searching “librarian”]. LIS schools, organizations (ArLiSNAP), and others could post their information under the individual’s comments.

    These individuals [in most cases] are airing their goals in a public realm so that others may help them reach their goals. Providing them a link to your resources is not spam because they have in essence given you permission to do so [by having comments enabled]. This type of outreach/marketing is touted in Seth Godin’s Permission Marketing.

    In regards to interesting tagging, I’m visual so I like things like Medialab’s Aquabrowser. The ILS application is especially useful for brainstorming. Tag Cloud seems like another interesting “semantic Web” instrument. However, the app is currently being revamped.

  2. Megan, I’m so glad you brought this up! Many of the library blogs I read have been recaping the Internet Librarian 2006 Conference session which highlighted Helene Blowers’ Library 2.0 initiative. Blowers, of the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, designed a program to promote staff buy-in for 2.0 technologies. What is so great is that staff are doing self-directed learning rather than being trained!! They are using a tracking log to document their progress, but other people can join the fun at Helene’s 43 Things account. All staff who complete the list (which includes activities such as starting a blog, using Flickr, exploring podcasting, etc.) get an MP3 player, and are entered in a drawing for a laptop. Find the entire list of 23 Things here. Today marked the last day of the project, so you can read all about their success at the Learning 2.0 Blog.

    I think that this is a really revolutionary way to showcase technology to staff and make it worth their while. There are many permutations of this program that would make staff learning so much fun!!

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