Social bookmarking sites such as Diigo and Delicious offer tools for organizing, accessing, and sharing resources, and school librarians can use these tools as an easy and efficient way to share resources with all stakeholders, including staff, teachers, students, and parents. Librarians may also benefit from sharing resources with each other, extending their personal learning networks.
Tags are incredibly useful for organizing information and for creating easy access. Meaningful tags make it possible to get the right resource to the right person at the right time. Librarians must be aware of how and what patrons are searching for. Tags – much like search terms – must be thoughtfully chosen and reflective of the needs of the user.
As a school librarian, I might create groups of resources for different units of study – tagging resources in general terms as well as using tags created specifically for each unit, making them easily accessible to students and teachers. At our campus, the first unit of study in math is on place value. I could collect, bookmark and tag effective lesson plans for teachers, visual resources and games for students, and extension activities and extra practice resources to share with parents. Patrons can access these sites directly through the social bookmarking site, or I can use the sharing tools to push out these resources in various ways, including social media.