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  • ranti 01:00 on May 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    to tag or not to tag 

    I was reading my Google Reader and Jonathan Rochkin’s Tagging and motivation in library catalog? post caught my attention. He asked about the “why” of tagging, the motivation that drive people to tag. He asked “Why would a user spend their valuable time adding tags to books in your library catalog?”

    I have the same question as well, for I still don’t really grasp the social implication of tagging, aside from whatever stuff Dave Weinberger said on his ‘Everything is Miscellaneous’ blog on tagging.

    Back to library catalog tagging: if I were a student and found a useful resource for my course, then I probably would tag it with my course number and the topic of the paper my professor assigned to me. That would make it easier for me to find that resource again. If my classmates did the same thing, then I could get a list of resources for my paper.

    However, I probably would use the catalog as an “on demand” activity. That is, I would use the library catalog as needed and if I find a resource suitable for my paper, I want to get it right away and prefer none of my classmates find out about it. Chances are, my classmates would do the same thing. Tagging almost becomes a moot point.

    OK. This doesn’t help. Sorry.

    This might be different if I did a group project. Each of us could tag resources that would be useful for our project. We could have a list of resources that can be listed on our project report. That tagging collaboration would still be a short-live activity, however.

    Personally, I found out that I am not really into the tagging thingy. I reviewed my delicious list and realized that my tags are actually the reflection of the content of the site, not the “why”. If I tag them by the “why”, most of them would probably tagged as “cool application” or “interesting stuff.” Or “the site mentioned by Tim O’Reilly because I follow his blog and, by the way, it is indeed an interesting stuff.”

    • jrochkind 07:59 on May 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for the pointer. I definitely expect most people tagging are tagging on content, not on “why”, I just want to know _why_ they’re tagging on content!

    • ranti 12:20 on May 13, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Tagging seems to be a representation of how people would like to see things organized related to their activities. It could serve as a context reminder.

  • ranti 10:52 on May 1, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: google map, library school, mashup   

    ALA-accredited programs on Google Map 

    It’s nice to know where you can find the nearest library school.  American Library Association (ALA) office for Accreditation created a Google map showing their locations.

    Each link goes to a description page on ALA website.  Some of the links go directly to the school’s website.

    • Jen 13:54 on June 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Sometimes I think I wanna “retire from the business world” as a librarian… :)
      It seems a very peaceful profession.

      Much love,

    • ranti 14:57 on June 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Jen,

      It depends on which kind of librarian you’d like to be and at which organization. Nothing peaceful in the academic field especially during the beginning and end of semesters, nor in public library when you need to deal with various type of patrons. ;-)

      All in all, it’s actually an exciting and lively profession. :-)


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