I have been using Delicious for a number of years and have found it to be extremely useful for storing the increasingly large amount of bookmarks that I like to access. Initially it was used to bookmark resources for university subjects, however I soon came to realise that many other things could be saved within my scope of interest. Particularly useful too, was the web based functionality of Delicious, where my bookmarks could be accessed from any computer.
Unfortunately in my early days of bookmarking I failed to tag many resources and found it increasingly time consuming to trawl through my ever growing list of bookmarks for the one thing that I was sure that I would ‘remember’. Without tags, my bookmarks were rendered unshareable. This displayed an erroneous belief that that the only function of Delicious was to save resources, and belied the fundamental nature of social bookmarking which is to share. I now realise that through providing a tag I am prescribing a personal value to the item- a value that may be shared. Consequently, community may be built around mutual topics of interest.
Delicious could be a useful tool for libraries to improve access to the library collection and serve as a way for librarians to collect and share resources with their patrons. Allowing users to tag material themselves and add them to the library’s collection of links help may to build communities of interest around the library’s resources. Although Gerolimos (2013, p.47) explains that some libraries fear a lack of authority and losing control of description of their own resources, perhaps losing some degree of control is not such a bad thing. Sharp (2009, p.14)) explains that with Web 2.0 new value systems are emerging, where there is no longer value in maintaining an exclusive hold on owning content or distribution. If the library were to embrace these new value systems of sharing, collaboration and relationships it may find itself well placed within the realms of Web 2.0 and thus ensure that it can continue to evolve.
Gerolimos, M. (2013). Tagging for Libraries: A Review of the Effectiveness of Tagging Systems for Library Catalogs. Journal of Library Metadata, 13(1), 36-58. doi: 10.1080/19386389.2013.778730
Sharp, D. (Oct 22, 2009). Social Media, Marketing & Public Libraries [Slideshare] Retrieved from http://www.slideshare.net/dasharp/social-media-marketing-public-libraries