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Library Journal‘s September 15th issue features an interesting article about what libraries are doing with tagging and social bookmarking tools.  Some exciting examples are Ann Arbor District Public Library’s experiment with a “social library catalog“.  Scroll to the bottom of the screen to find their tag cloud, a wonderful tool to browse subject headings which works conceptually once you get past the error code at the top of the screen.  Another library, Nashville Public, includes tag clouds right on their homepage, in their case on the front page of their teen web services.  Tags and social bookmarking tools seem a natural segue from traditional, subject-expert dependent catalogs.  Web 2.0’s very unique nature is “user-centered” and libraries need to find a way to incorporate this into their websites in order to stay relevant to their users.

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