Monthly Archives: June 2008

Recommend websites on Del.icio.us

Since August 2007, the Whittemore Library reference librarians have been compiling a list of useful reference resources online via Del.icio.us.  Del.icio.us is a social networking site that allows users the capability of “bookmarking” websites which have been found to be particularly useful and relevant.  Many libraries now take advantage of this type of software to make lists of pertinent subject websites for their staff and students.  Prior to social networking, many of these lists would be static and difficult to change should the need arise.  With Del.icio.us, this is no longer the case.  The library staff updates the Del.icio.us site as frequently as new websites are found.

The Whittemore Library reference staff started with websites recommended by the journal CHOICE, an academic library journal consisting of reviews and evaluations of books, journals and websites.  Each site was visited, evaluated for potential student/faculty use, and placed in the library’s del.icio.us site by category.  Then the websites were “tagged” – defined by common words familiar to users – and the del.icio.us links were made to the library’s own subject guides as needed.  The Whittemore Library’s Del.icio.us website has all manner of sites from those specific to a particular major to those useful for a quick check of information.  If you would like to recommend websites to be included with ours, please forward the urls to Elizabeth Bolton, Reference Librarian at ebolton@frc.mass.edu.

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Library Lunchables for June

June Library Lunchables! Located in the Library Archives Room

Would you like to learn how to use the resources that are available through the library website or other cool tools? Join us during lunch hour in the Library Archives Room one day each week. The schedule for June is:

Tues., June 10, 1:30pm: Technology Petting Zoo

If you love tech gadgets, come to the archives room and show off your favorite gadget! This session will cover how to discover the newest gadgets and keep yourself informed. Find out how to use Bluetooth technology to move files from your phone to your computer; how to watch TV shows with Slingbox; how to chat with your best friend in Europe using Skype and much more… 

Instructor: Millie Gonzalez, Reference and Electronic Resources Librarian 

Tues., June 17, 1:30pm: Creating your own book catalog with LibraryThing

LibraryThing is an online service to help people catalog their books easily. You can access your catalog from anywhere—even on your mobile phone. Because everyone catalogs together, LibraryThing also connects people with the same books, and comes up with suggestions for what to read next.

Instructor: Elizabeth Bolton, Reference Librarian

Tues., June 24, 1:30pm: Don’t shy away from using Wikipedia Wikipedia is a multilingual, Web-based, free content encyclopedia project written collaboratively by volunteers worldwide. Find out how Wikipedia is structured, and why it is relevant in an academic environment. 

Instructor: Millie Gonzalez, Reference and Electronic Resources Librarian 

Questions? Email reference@frc.mass.edu 

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