academic library explores tagging 06.19.2006, 6:09 PM
posted by ben vershbow
The ever-innovative University of Pennsylvania library is piloting a new social bookmarking system (like del.icio.us or CiteULike), in which the Penn community can tag resources and catalog items within its library system, as well as general sites from around the web. There's also the option of grouping links thematically into "projects," which reminds me of Amazon's "listmania," where readers compile public book lists on specific topics to guide other customers. It's very exciting to see a library experimenting with folksonomies: exploring how top-down classification systems can productively collide with grassroots organization.
K.G. Schneider on June 19, 2006 7:44 PM:
Kudos to them for getting on the extra-library radar scope with this wonderful service. I had thought there was at least a couple other libraries offering this... but perhaps not. (Did you know there is an entire discussion list devoted to the next-gen library catalog?)
kazys varnelis on June 20, 2006 11:34 AM:
Familiar interface anyone?