Module 4: Examples of using folksonomies, tagging and crowdsourcing in libraries

Examples of using folksonomies, tagging and crowdsourcing in libraries

Wyatt, N. (2009). Redefining RA: The ideal tool (Large-scale tagging projects outside libraries put users at the center and offer a model for readers’ advisory). Library Journal, (15 October). Retrieved from

Aaron Tay provides examples of different ways libraries have started to utilize the power of crowdsourcing to ‘populate’ library-based projects in his post, ‘Libraries and crowdsourcing – 6 examples’ (24 December, 2009)

Rose Holley’s presentation Crowdsourcing and social engagement: potential, power and freedom for libraries and users (November 2009) slideshow. Holley is a Digital Librarian at the National Library of Australia. Her presentation challenges a number of traditional views concerning libraries and information management, particularly with regard to user engagement as volunteers to complete ‘information work’.

These three readings concern employing volunteers or crowdsourcing to assist with tagging collections. Whilst reading them I was trying to think how the application would work in an academic library. I’m not convinced it would mainly due to the possible lack of volunteers but certainly the ability for people to review resources through the catalogue would be beneficial and this already exists in a number of my local public libraries.

Perhaps patrons could leave recommendation regarding resources, ‘if you are studying this then read this”?

The facility can be introduced on Libguides where comments can be left with regard to resources and also allow for suggestions comment on resources.

I was one of the army of volunteers who has helped with the NLAs The Australian Newspapers Digitisation Program (ANDP) and it was good to see how successful it continues to be. I’m also a user of LibraryThing and am aware of the opportunities for use by academic libraries through the LibEverywhere app. Mobile communication seems the obvious way for future development.

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