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Lab Results #8: The Debriefing of a Library Technician in Training

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Today’s Multimedia debriefing is brought to you by: cherry tea and the lab set out by my teacher. Oh and the Winnipeg Transit Bus drivers who got me to school on time! Cause if they didn’t that would be disasterous.

When I first opened the lab I blinked for a second trying to remember what the heck Social book marking is then I realized that I have never heard of it! It was a bit of a shocker since I am always on the computer or reading; woulda thought it would have come up at some point. As my eyes wandered across the words of the first activity I suddenly realized what Social Bookmarking is and I did a mental facepalm. Then groaned under my breath.

1- Define social bookmarking in your own words.

Social Bookmarking is a simple form of saving relevant websites to a sharing site such as Delicious, Digg or Reddit. These websites are open to share world wide so there is a continous stream of new websites that are interesting and fun when you search with a keyword or tag.

For example: if I searched for “book reviews” or “libraries” then all articles that have been tagged with those words will be brought into view.

Pretty sweet eh?

2- Have you or do you use social bookmarking?

I have not used social bookmarking but I have a friend who do and it seems to help her. I know that I have a lot of websites that I frequent, and frequently forget, so it may be an advantage for me. Its scary how many sites I have in my bookmark…just thinking about it makes my head spin!

a- If you have used it, what did you use it for?

Uh…I don’t use it but my friends do. One of my friends, the head librarian technician at my highschool, uses it to bookmark sites that give good book reviews, articles that are related to libraries, and overall just about everything that catches her eye.

If Pintrest is considered a social bookmarking site then I have used a social bookmarking site.

b- If you haven’t used it before, do you think you might start using it now, and in what context?

I am seriously considering using Delicious but Digg also has some interesting posts that I have been looking through. StumbleUpon in my opinion seems to be a site layed out like Delicious. Though Delicious seems to be more mobile because I can load the app onto my ipod touch. Though it would only work when I have a wireless connection…

I would be using Delicious, or whatever social bookmarking site I choose, in a variety of ways because I am a munchkin of many interests. Articles related to books (reviews, movies turned from books, etc), writing (NaNoWriMo, tutorials, advice, critiques, etc) craftiness like crochetting and knitting. Overall I would use it for more than what I have just listed.

I suppose, since this is a school assignment, that I would use it for school assignments when I need information on a subject which is related to Library and Information Technology Science. Search Library and maybe something will pop up.

3- How could social bookmarking be useful or beneficial to patrons and staff in libraries?

I think that social bookmarking would be useful for both patrons and the staff of libraries because it opens the doors to a much broader source of information not just locally but world wide. Although the information may be broader by range that does not mean library staff are unable to retrieve more specific information.

With the help of tags libraries can breathe new articles with information into the face of the patrons. These are articles are ones that patrons can use with the knowledge that it has been read over with a critical eye. Libraries can also use the articles to further and expand its reach. Plus there are a great deal of benefits to see what is happening all over the world in other libraries.

Lab Results #4: The Debriefing of a Librarian Technician in Training

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Have you ever really thought about how much information we have at our finger tips? Like really, have you just sat there and just thought about it? Take a moment, really, just take a few seconds to process this absolutely mindboggling idea.

Of course many people read blogs, news sites, etc etc. and this is what we focused on today in my Mulitmedia Class.Important-Web-Hosting-Requirements

If we are so eager to learn about what’s out there how are we going to remember every single website that we like? This is where the handy

tool called RSS feeds come in to play. You can find a website that explains RSS feeds here as well as a fantastically done video on youtube here. Both of these links were given to me by my Multimedia teacher today during class.


I’ve dealt with RSS feeds in the past during highschool where for many years I had worked to make a fairly large and highly useful inventory of feeds from various websites in a Google Reader. I really loved my google reader; it was always a work in progress to sort out in the World Wide Web and discover new feeds which are more useful than others.

Unfortunately right now google reader does not exist. Its existance was cut short recently (1 July 2013) by google. If you want to read the blog post you can hop over here. I had originally forgotten that this would be happening so this is the blunt reminder that I had recieved after searching google for the reader. Sure they give you alternatives to the Reader but…No. I liked my reader and want it back!

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Now though I put all my subscriptions in to my wordpress reader and have set it to immediate email notifications. Its not as good as

before but until something else appears (or I somehow magically become a HTML genius in the space of a few months and create my own version of a reader).

So how do RSS feeds and libraries work? Why would a munchkin Librarian in Training be instructed to learn about RSS feeds by her

awesome teacher? These RSS feeds are important because libraries can be linked to other libraries which leads into forming webs of interaction. These links can be vital in passing information as well as having a sense of what other libraries are up to.


Which RSS feeds did you look at while you were browsing for one to subscribe to?
 I knew exactly which library I had wanted when I saw the assignment. I chose the Cork City Public Library in County Cork, Ireland. While searching on the main page I found a variety of links to areas of the library that peaked my interest. These include a Music and Musical Exhibition, a Cultural Life, and even a Writer’s Corner!For our multimedia blog post today I am supposed to answer the following questions about an individual activity assigned to us.

Which RSS feed did you finally choose? In the end I chose the library’s main blog page.

Why did you choose this one, and what do you hope to gain from being a subscriber? I subscribed to this page specifically because it brings all the other pages into one blended blog. My hope is to gain knowledge about what is happening in the libraries in Cork Public Libraries especially since:

I love Ireland and I love books.

So that had been my multimedia class today in a nutshell or just over 600 words.

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(TeacherT, I really love your class! This blog is the best thing you could have possibly made me do)