Netvibes Recognizes Its Use As a Virtual Library/Research Pathfinder!

We already knew this, but I loved seeing this on the Netvibes blog today!

http://blog.netvibes.com/?2009/06/19/282-using-public-pages-as-virtual-libraries

Using public pages as virtual libraries! – Netvibes.com Blog via kwout

Don’t forget to check out The Unquiet Library on Netvibes; I have also updated my first pathfinder, Iran Election 2009, to include some additional Twitter feeds, new videos, blog entries, Citizentube, and a Yahoo Pipes mashup.

Another Tool in Your Personal Learning Network: Shared Items via Google Reader

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We all know that we can use Google Reader to keep up with our favorite blogs and RSS feeds from various sources, but did you know that you can share items with others via Google Reader?  Not only can you create a public page for sharing your favorite items that come your way in your Google Reader account, but friends and followers can also subscribe to the  RSS feed for your “Shared Items” page to keep up with articles or items you mark as shared in Google Reader!  As you browse and read items in Google Reader, you will discover a “share” icon at the end of each post/item–simply click on “share” to add those items to your “shared” public page for others to enjoy.  I discovered this wonderful personal learning network tool via Kim Cofino, a 21st century learning specialist who is an invaluable part of my PLN.  For more details on how to create your public page and on how to share items, check out this help page from Google Reader Labs.

Feel free to follow and grab the RSS feed for my shared items page!

New Library 2.0 Toy: FriendFeed

Inspired by this post from the Circulation blog, I have created a Friend Feed account for my library.

View my FriendFeed

Keep up with our web presence by following the Unquiet Library via Friend Feed!

More Library of Congress 2.0: YouTube and iTunes!

I was thrilled to read this news today:  fueled by the success of the Flickr project, Library of Congress is adding content to iTunes and YouTube!  Read more about these exciting developments at Network World!

Loving LibGuides!

http://theunquietlibrary.libguides.com/content.php?pid=36006&sid=266897

Creekview High School LibGuides – Honors World Geography Research Project Spring 2009: Rasmussen – Conflict in Kashmir via kwout

A week or so ago, my library’s subscription to LibGuides went live!  I have designed three research pathfinders so far, and I am totally in love with the clean design I can produce with ease.  I had looked at LibGuides last summer but held off on purchasing as our district was in the midst of a major web authoring software transition.  Thanks to Twitter and Library 2.0 friend Elisabeth Abarbane, I became aware of what a perfect fit LibGuides would be for me and my library program!

LibGuides allows you to integrate your favorite Library 2.0 features, such as embedded video or SlideShare presentations, your favorite del.icio.us linkrolls, PollDaddy polls, and more!  They also have their own great “in house” apps, such as an easy to add “rate this page” feature.  If you use the “links and lists” feature, users can evaluate each resource you add to that box (see the link to this example).

I also love the integrated “Share This” web 2.0 feature; in addition, I love how easy it is to “Tweet” that your guide has been published.   Being the widget addict I am, I also love how easy it is to create a widget for your LibGuides site!  :-)  Best of all, you do not not have to have any special HTML or web authoring knowledge to create professional and organized looking pathfinders—the LibGuides platform makes it easy to publish pathfinders that are easy to navigate and browe.  I am incredibly happy with the content I have created and am energized by the possibilities for additional content I’ve yet to add!

http://theunquietlibrary.libguides.com/index.php

Creekview High School LibGuides – Home via kwout

They also provide extremely reasonable pricing in addition to excellent tech and customer support—I would be remiss if I did not give a shout out of thanks to my customer care specialist Mazen M. Khoury, Springshare CEO Slaven Zivkov, and the great folks in tech support who are incredibly helpful when you have a question.

While there are a few final tweaks to add, here are the three pathfinders I have created so far:

While I still love and will use the library wiki as portal, I  believe LibGuides is going to eventually become our main information commons or hub by July 2009.

I feel LibGuides is going to help our library in our mission of helping our students hone their information literacy skills and prepare them for research beyond their time at Creekview—take a peek at the schools in Georgia using LibGuides!

I will be rolling out these first pathfinders next week, so stay tuned as I gather feedback from our users to help me tweak the pathfinders and to see how they like the new LibGuides platform!