Workshops/Gathering and Enhancing Web Favorites Using Social Bookmarking

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Session Information

  • Level - Introductory, no previous Diigo or Zotero experience required
  • Intended Audience - Those interested in using social bookmarking to organize their Web resources.
  • Time - 50 minutes

Before the Session

Before the Session: This session is hands-on, so please bring your laptop if possible. If you cannot bring a laptop, one will be provided for you.

General Description

Saving interesting sites as personal bookmarks (i.e., in Firefox) or favorites (i.e., in Internet Explorer) is a common practice when browsing the Web. Although this makes it easier to return to your favorite sites, these personal bookmarks are saved on your local computer and cannot be accessed from other devices. You can email personal bookmarks to others, but it's not easy to share large collections of bookmarks. Social bookmarking tools offer solutions to these shortcomings as well as other features designed to enhance the value of a bookmark collection. Using these tools, groups can gather and share a set of online, project-related resources, add comments and other annotations to these pages that others in the group can review, and add selected resources to the bibliography of their documents. In this introductory workshop, we will explore three popular social bookmarking tools: Delicious, Diigo, and Zotero. We will compare their major features and functions and discuss potential workplace applications. Finally, we will cover some basic guidelines for using open, social media.

Learning Outcomes

Following this session, you will be able to...

  • Describe how social and personal bookmarking differ
  • Choose among three social bookmarking tools, Delicious, Diigo, and Zotero, depending on your goals and objectives
  • Evaluate the risks involved in using social bookmarking tools
  • List three academic applications of social bookmarking
  • Describe difference across social bookmarking tools related to how bookmarks are shared
  • Describe how Diigo supports the annotation of Web content
  • Describe the difference between Zotero, RefWorks, and other citation management tools

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