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A Little More Help from Your Friends: Social Bookmarking

Rachel Bridgewater (Oregon 4) will present a SirsiDynix Institute
seminar entitled “A Little More Help from Your Friends: Social Bookmarking” on November 13, at 8 am. These seminars are free, but you do need to register. They will also be available afterwards free of charge, at your convenience, on the SirsiDynix Institute website.

Here is a description of her presentation:

Is there a better way to bookmark? This question has inspired many of us to turn to social bookmarking as a method of keeping track of favorite websites. But if we’re having a hard time keeping track of our own information, can adding a social element possibly help the situation? And aren’t tags just a messier way of organizing information? Whether “folksonomy” is Greek to you or you’ve been tagging your bookmarks in since back in the day, this session will deliver insight into the broad concepts involved with social classification as well as examining nuts-and-bolts practical applications.

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Free Access to The New York Times

The New York Times‘s Op-Ed and news columns are now available to everyone free of charge, along with Times File and News Tracker. In addition, The New York Times online Archive is now free back to 1987.

This is the reason that the editors gave for implementing this change.

Readers find more news in a greater number of places and interact with it in more meaningful ways. This decision enhances the free flow of New York Times reporting and analysis around the world. It will enable everyone, everywhere to read our news and opinion – as well as to share it, link to it and comment on it.

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Open Library or Information Wants to be Free

Open Library is an online tool for finding information about books.The basic framework is being done by Aaron Swartz, who helped create RSS in his early teens and developed Infogami, a tool designed especially for the clueless to set up their own websites.

Open Library, funded by the Internet Archive, is especially useful for finding titles that are on obscure topics or which are out-of-print.If the text is available digitally, there is a link to it.It also includes citations, excerpts from reviews, and cross-references to other titles on related topics.