I set up a Del.icio.us account last Spring when I was Interim Librarian at Burlington College and looking for a decent solution to the LexisNexis prohibitive price increase. I asked around to law offices, law libraries and law school associations to get some ideas of where to look next. I got some great leads which other small libraries wanted me to share. I set up the Del.icio.us account for this purpose, but I’m pretty sure I just ended up emailing everyone. I think I just hadn’t had the ah-ha moment with it yet…kind of like the ah-ha I had when I read this part of Mara’s description for the 23 Things:

By the way, this includes library patrons using the internet who don’t own a computer. Helping them set up a del.icio.us account would give them a way to consistently access their favorite websites.

If ever there was a forehead slapping, doh moment, this was it. When I think of all the patrons this would have been useful for…and the perfect way to prove that all this spangly new web stuff isn’t all fluff…gah!

Also, just imagine all the things you could do with it for reference! If we constantly had our library Del.icio.us account running and tagged every website that a patron found useful in answering a reference question, we could make the most incredible library FAQ for that institution! And for us to have that as a shortcut if the question is ever asked again. Wow.

I find it interesting that in Firefox 3 you can now add tags to your bookmarks. It’s like they watched that video on the 23 Things site, too, and thought it was time to respond. I don’t know that I find Firefox tags as useful as my folder system, but maybe that’s just because it’s my system and I’ve taken years to develop it. What firefox has is still not social tagging, but come on people, not EVERYTHING needs to be social. I don’t think I want the contents of my Firefox Bookmarks Folder labeled “Financial” to be public knowledge. You all don’t need to know where I bank or how many credit cards I have, in fact, that seems like inviting trouble, don’t ya think! But the entire contents of my folder labeled “Crafts” or “Retail Therapy” would be fun for the general public. And maybe even financial searching would be useful, just maybe not the shortcuts I have to login to check my statements.

Basically, I am arguing that there is still a place for those “old-fashioned” favorites…that place being the private place where you only want the information on one computer available to you, but you want that information fast. Also, I would say that clicking through to Del.icio.us and then on your link is still one click too many for sites you use all the time, like my Gmail account. This belongs in my browser hotlinks…one click and I’m there. But for all else, I would say Del.icio.us will unclutter your bookmarks and bring others enjoyment, and be available to you everywhere, so why not use it instead?

I added the Del.icio.us widget that comes with my WordPress skin, so now you’ll see them turn up in my sidebar. Or you can just go check out the few I have so far in Celestihel’s Del.icio.us I am totally planning to use this more, so stay tuned. And also, if you haven’t seen the trailer for the new Harry Potter…pst, it’s in there! Go…GOOOOO!!!!