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New Addition to Recommended Reading List

I’ve added Ellyssa Kroski‘s Web 2.0 for Librarians and Information Professionals to my Recommended Reading list.  Even though it’s written for librarians, it’s a good introduction to web 2.0.  She has chapters on the following:

  • web 2.0
  • blogs
  • RSS and newsreaders
  • wikis
  • social bookmarking
  • photo sharing
  • social cataloging
  • video sharing
  • personalized start pages
  • social networking software
  • vertical search engines
  • social news
  • answers technology
  • virtual worlds
  • productivity tools
  • podcasting
  • mashups

I do have a couple of objections to her classifications:  (1) She included Second Life in a book on “web 2.0.”  To access Second Life, you have to download their software; it cannot be accessed on the web (i.e., by using a browser).  Therefore, in my mind, it doesn’t belong in this book.  (2) She included Ning in a chapter on “Mashups” when it clearly fits under social networks.

Social Cataloging

I’ve been reading Web 2.0 for Librarians and Information Professionals by Ellyssa Kroski, and I just finished the chapter on “Social Cataloging.”  I hadn’t run across the term before, but I did have some of the sites she listed bookmarked already.  These are the sites she lists:

I can’t imagine taking the time to catalog all my books, but these sites might be useful for my students when they are doing research.

The book is easy to read and comprehensive.  Will Richardson‘s Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms is getting rather dated.  Kroski’s book is pretty current, though obviously published after the recent changes to Delicious, but unfortunately it’s written for librarians not educators.  We need another similar book, with examples and case studies, written for higher ed faculty.