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Monday, 24 October 2005

social software and public libraries

I’m here not so much to find out things I didn’t know so much as I am to find out what a skilled, savvy librarian thinks her not-quite-so-savvy colleagues need to know. (This session is pretty crowded…a good sign.)

Jessamyn West cracks me up. Funny, smart presentation on “Flickr, tagging, and the F-word.” I walk in a few minutes late (oops), and she’s talking about Flickr. Focuses on the metadata available on Flickr, particularly in the form of tags. She shows photos of hers tagged with “library” as an example. Goes on to show other neat tag tricks—from clustering to tag clouds to affinity groups.