Has anyone dropped the webpages of links in favor of social bookmarks? If so, how is it working? What 2.0 software do you use? Are there any issues with security or privacy?

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Hi Linda!
YES! I did that very thing last Dec, with del.icio.us The front line staff claim they don't "like" it, but I haven't heard any concrete reasons why. I tweaked the list of tags on our site (which you can see here:
http://www.tbpl.ca/internal.asp?id=283&cid=333 ) so they would look like the previous list of subjects the links were divided in to. I put the tag cloud on a subsequnet page, to lessen the "oh my gosh,what's THAT?!" factor. I think the importance of the library being "out there" in 2.0 land, where our users are, outweighs the comfort level of staff with this stuff. And I recognize the need for more staff training / familiarizing etc. to hopefully increase comfort level. I'm not sure what "privacy" issues you're getting at...can you expand on that?
Privacy may not be the correct word. We have placed our links within the intranet which creates problems for sharing. After one of our faculty questioned why these links were "hidden," I discussed placing access in a different place on the webpages with our technology librarian who wasn't sure if we could place this somewhere else because of security. Does that help? Most of our webpages are not available because of the way the passwords are applied. I personally don't want these links to be unavailable to noncampus users, but I can sympathize with some of the issues such sharing has. Hence part of the dilemma :-)
I've been testing using del.icio.us bookmarks on a couple of subject guides. They are all in my own del.icio.us account, with particular tags so that I can parse out groups of specific links for the webpages. I use del.icio.us's javascripting to add them to the webpages.

Using my own account, rather than general tags, eliminates the problem of inappropriate links showing up. For a group of people, you could set up a group account so that everyone can post links, or use the for:username feature to send suggested links to a "links manager" who can then add them to the account. I don't think I would use "raw" tags since you never know what will show up or how people will use the tags.

As far as privacy is concerned, you might what to consider a special account for the library. If someone clicks on the right links, they can see my own del.icio.us account. That could be potentially awkward, though, as far as I know I don't have anything too embarrassing in there! If I expand the test, I'll probably set up a secondary account.

Working out the details is a "summer project" for all this mythical spare time we academic librarians have in the summer.
I'm a business librarian and when I go to classes I usually talk about my del.icio.us account for business and not about the business subject research guide.
This is my del.icio.us link: http://del.icio.us/bridgeslibrary
And if you look at the bottom of my subject research guide, you'll see that I have a cloud of del.icio.us tags:

The one issue I have: I wish del.icio.us would track how many people are viewing my del.icio.us account. It would help me to know how useful it is! I did send in a request for tracking stats, but they didn't even reply. :(
I haven't done so within the library environment as such, but I ditched trad bookmarks about 3 years ago now, and now use del.icio.us and Diigo to bookmark things.
Nice examples of subject guide pages. Hope no one minds, I added them to a list I've started collecting for a class on RSS & del.icio.us. http://www.pafa.net/20/rss-delicious.html I also have a demo page there that's used as a template for students in the class building their own sample subject guide page: http://www.pafa.net/20/deliciousfeeds.htm
Polly, if you go to the businesslibrarians.ning.com you'll see that I putt an RSS feed for the most recent 30 books added to the London School of Business. I think that is a WONDERFUL feature that I wish I could offer my faculty/staff.
Nice! Wish all our catalogs could do that! Someday...
Yes, we have started transitioning our bookmarks over to de.licio.us. I think it is going to work well, but it is still in the development phase. Here's our page http://del.icio.us/csupuebloreferencedesk. So far, we just have a link to it from our Library News Blog http://csuplibrary.wordpress.com/.

I'll be interested to see if it is working for others. Are others using the bundles within delicious to create "subject" areas?

I wanted to update everyone on what I've been finding and to say a quick "Thank you!" for all the responses so for. First, as was mentioned, we also want a bookmark with a link checker. In searching, we discovered Netvouz.com http://www.netvouz.com. It promises to do link checking, and although I've started a few test entries, I haven't had time to see how this works. However, this site bears watching because of other features such as batching and ease of setting up files and folders. My one caveat which I have yet to share with the creator, is the kinds of ads running on some of the pages would be objectionable to the administration of my college. Perhaps we can resolve this problem or find a similar bookmark manager without ads but maybe even a small fee.

I also found a link listing and evaluating social bookmarks and link checkers http://3spots.blogspot.com/2006/01/all-social-that-can-bookmark.htm...

For now, we have to keep looking.

IAny additional comments or examples will be welcome.
Thanks for the heads-up on Netvous. Any idea if the ads show up in the feeds? If not, you could use the HTML feeds to add links to subject guides and no one would see the ads unless they clicked through to the Netvous site. That might make it less objectionable.
We also wanted to use del.icio.us to manage link collections. We started out with our Teen links, since they weren't being found in the old format. We've embedded a badge on the page:


It has only been up a couple months and we haven't gotten much public response. The YA librarians like it since they can now manage their own links instead of going through a webmaster.



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