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Tagging is an open and informal method of categorizing Web sites and other online content that allows users to choose their own keywords for that content.  Unlike library subject cataloging, which follows a strict set of guidelines (Library of Congress subject headings), tagging is completely unstructured and freeform, allowing users to create connections between data any way they want.  In other words, you choose the terms that will help you find that site again should you forget how you found it before.


We’ve already explored a few sites – LibraryThing, for example – that allow users to take advantage of tagging.  In this lesson, we want to also take a look at popular social bookmarking site called Del.icio.us (typed in as http://del.icio.us) and pronounced "delicious."


Del.icio.us is a social bookmarking manager which allows you to bookmark a Web page and add tags to categorize your bookmarks.  It allows you to view sites you've bookmarked through Del.icio.us from any computer you're working at.


Many users find that the real power of Del.icio.us is in the social network aspect, which allows you to see how other users have tagged similar links and also discover other Web sites that may be of interest to you.  You can think of it as peering into another user's filing cabinet, but with this powerful bookmarking tool each user's filing cabinet expands the knowledge network.


For this lesson, you are asked to take a look at Del.icio.us and learn about this popular bookmarking tool.


Discovery Resources



Discovery Exercises


  1. Explore Del.icio.us options and try clicking on a bookmark that has also been bookmarked by a lot of other users.  Can you see the comments they added about this bookmark or the tags that they used to categorize this reference?
  2. Create a blog post about your experience and thoughts about this tool.  Can you see the potential of this tool for research assistance?  Or just as an easy way to create bookmarks that can be accessed from anywhere? For more inspiration, read this article from Library Journal.
  3. OPTIONAL: If you’re up to the challenge, create a Del.icio.us account for yourself and discover how this useful bookmarking tool can replace your traditional browser bookmark list.  You might even want to explore Del.icio.us’ latest addition, a network badge


Note: If you do setup a Del.icio.us account, here’s a quick word about the Del.icio.us Buttons.  On PCs that have the toolbars locked down (like ours at BPL), you will need to install these as options in your Favorites list.  For instructions on how to do this, go here.  Use the “Post to my Del.icio.us” link to add the current Web page to your account (you may need to log in).  Use the “My Del.icio.us” link to view your online account.


Tracking Your Progress


Congratulations! You made it through the tenth – and final – BPL 2.0 exercise! Don't forget to email Terzah (beckert@bouldercolorado.gov) with the URL for the permanent link to your blog post on tagging/Del.icio.us.


If you've been doing these lessons in order, you're now completely finished with the program.  Congratulations!  But we hope this is only the beginning of your personal "Library 2.0" revolution.  Don't forget to send us your ideas, links, and opinions for posting on the Staff Ideas and Finds page.  Please do this also if you think something important was left out of this program.  Remember that the concept of 2.0 is constantly evolving.  Thank you for participating and for helping move BPL to the cutting edge!


Please give us your feedback on the program by filling out our short survey (also linked to from the sidebar on all of these pages). 




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