By Jim Hobbs
Here are some resources for the "social software" phenomenon, especially as
it related to libraries. As I understand it, the term "social" recognizes
that people do things together and that computers and networks can make communication
and collaboration easier, not that these products are necessarily for recreational
use. Good starting place: Chang, May. "I've
Gathered a Basket of COMMUNICATION and COLLABORATION TOOLS." Computers
in Libraries, Sept. 2004 24(8):6-8, 61-64, covers forums, weblogs, wikis, &
Web logs (blogs)
- Anonymous Got
Blog? (Aug. 4, 2004) Brief introduction to blogs from a marketing perspective.
- Balas, Janet L. "Here
a Blog, There a Blog, Even the Library Has a Web Log" Computers
in Libraries 23:10 (November/December 2003) : 41-43.
- Clyde, Dr L. Anne (University of Iceland) THE
INTERNET COURSES : Weblogs.
- Conhaim, Wallys W. "Blogging--what
is it?" Link-Up 19:3 (May/June 2002) : 3, 8-9.
- Downes, Stephen. "Educational
Blogging." EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 39, no. 5 (September/October 2004):
Penny. Weblogs: Do they belong in libraries? "a look at weblogs and weblogging
activities in libraries and considers some of the ways they can be used to
support public library users."
- Into the Blogsphere scholarly
writing about blogs from the University of Minnesota , Department of Rhetoric.
- Library Stuff a weblog by by
Steven M. Cohen, law librarian, heavily intererested in blogging and social
- Library Weblogs listing
library-related blogs around the world, also blog-related links and articles.
- Long , Phillip D. "Blogs:
A Disruptive Technology Coming of Age?" Syllabus, (10/1/2002)
- Notess, Greg R. "The
Blog Realm: News Sources, Searching with Daypop, and Content Management."
Online (Weston, Conn.), v. 26 no5 (Sept./Oct. 2002) p. 70-2.
- Pew Internet & American Life Project. "The
State of Blogging." Jan 2, 2005. Accessed Jan. 10, 2005. Full text
in PDF format.
- Vogel, Terri. Blog
Style Manual. Based on the presentation below.
- Vogel, Terri. Untangling
Blogs & RSS. PDF version of a PowerPoint presentation--a little difficult
to read and summarizes points. May 11, 2004.
Blog products and sites
- Blogger Free blog-hosting site
- Bloglines Free RSS reader and blogging
- Feedster "...news search engine
that provides easy access to relevant and up-to-date information."
- Librarian.net from Jessamyn West,
"putting the rarin' back in librarian since 1993."
- OrangeBox, RSS generator & management
- RSS Calendar Create a calendar
and syndicate entries to subscribers .
Create a blog with photos, discussion forums, with Creative Commons licensing
- Syndic8 "...find RSS and Atom
news feeds on a wide variety of topics."
Weblog category lists blogs and has subcategories by subject and for hosting,
RSS (syndication, news feeds)
- Abayomi-Paul, Tinu. 5
Reasons Why Your Site Needs To Publish A News Feed "Reason #2: It's
a hands-off way to update your audience." (July 22, 2004)
- All about RSS.
Three parts: What is RSS?, What Can I Do with RSS? and Finding RSS Feeds.
- Celikbas, Zeki . "What
is RSS and how can it serve libraries?"
- Cohen, Steven M. Library Stuff,
"The library weblog dedicated to resources for keeping current and professional
development" covers social software & computing well.
Library Blog Expansion. Georgia State University. GSU's Library
News and Subject Blogs page.
- McKiernan, Gerry. RSS(sm):
Rich Site Services. General Bibliography.
- Ontario Library and Information Technology Association (OLITA). RSS
toolkit. Last updated November 2004. Accessed Jan. 10, 2004. Sections:
Definitions, Reading RSS feeds, and Writing an RSS feed for your web site.
- Social Software
in the Library
- Sullivan, Danny. "Making
An RSS Feed." SearchEngineWatch.com. April 2, 2003.
is a newsfeed? from Nature Publishing Group, also lists newsfeeds from
- Yahoo! RSS
RSS products and sites
- del.icio.us "...a social bookmarks manager.
It allows you to easily add sites you like to your personal collection of
links, to categorize those sites with keywords, and to share your collection
not only between your own browsers and machines, but also with others." Others'
bookmarks also available as RSS feeds. Jim's
- Dodgeball announce
to friends and friends of friends where you are via cell phone (not available
in New Orleans)
"Eurekster (www.eurekster.com) is the only Internet search engine providing
personalized search powered by social networking technologies. Eurekster continuously
"learns" from the behavior of users and their social networks to
deliver personalized search results and instant sharing of their popular Web
destinations and searches. The service allows users to confidentially and
privately share their knowledge and experiences with each other, simply by
using Eurekster, or one of the sites powered by Eurekster, to search the Web
and navigate to sites of their choosing." How
- Flickr an online
photo management and sharing web service--bloggable photos, upload from your
cellphone camera or computer, and chat online with one person or many.
- Hammond, Tony, Timo Hannay, Ben Lund, and Joanna Scott. "Social
Bookmarking Tools (I): A General Review." D-Lib Magazine 11(4) April
- SourceForge.net OpenSource
Last edited February 2, 2005.