A previous post about “Social Bookmarking and Tagging at Academic Libraries” pointed ACRLog readers to “Penn Tags“, a social bookmarking community created by the librarians at the University of Pennsylvania for their user community. Michael Winkler, the Penn Library System’s web guru and systems programmer extraordinaire, left a new comment on that post. Realizing that most ACRLog readers would probably miss a comment to a post from January 2, 2006 I decided it would be worthwhile to add a new item about Penn’s new take on how tagging can help OPAC users connect with library content. Winkler, in his comment, indicates this is in an early stage of development, but it is now allowing users to add tags to OPAC records. He didn’t mention the specifics on how it works but take a look at:
Interesting stuff. I can click on the tags in the OPAC record to see other items this user found valuable in this same content area, and that can lead me to additional resources for my research project. I will look forward to hearing more about this OPAC innovation. I guess this is one reason, if we want to make progress in the Web 2.0 world, we really do need a supply of those “feral professionals” as our library colleagues.