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Abdulhadi Clough & Sen - Collaborative social tagging and information literacy

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Abdulhadi Clough & Sen - Collaborative social tagging and information literacy

  1. 1. Collaborative social tagging and information literacyMunirah Abdulhadi, University of Sheffield, mabadulhadi1@sheffield.ac.ukDr Paul Clough, University of Sheffield, p.d.clough@sheffield.ac.ukBarbara Sen, University of Sheffield, b.a.sen@sheffield.ac.ukWeb 2.0 tools are reliant on the power of people’s creativity and participation in aninteractive environment. Social tagging is a Web 2.0 tool that supports personalinformation management, as well as the collaborative creation of user communities.Social tagging provides users with a flexible way of collecting, storing, organizingand sharing different types of information by assigning descriptive tags. Libraries canemploy social tagging tools via implementing tagging services (e.g., LibraryThing forlibraries), creating an account in social bookmarking services (e.g., Delicious), orbuilding their own tagging systems (e.g., PennTags, University of Pennsylvania). Inorder to build Information literate communities in the Web 2.0 world, it is importantto gain a better understanding of the strengths and weaknesses, functionality andusage of these emerging tools and applications. This poster presents the findings of aninvestigation into social tagging and information literacy to illustrate how socialtagging can aid and benefit information literacy development and practice. Acomparative analysis of the functionalities provided by collaborative social taggingsystems was carried out across a range of collaborative social tagging services (e.g.,Delicious, CiteULike and Connotea) and Library 2.0 sites with social taggingfunctionalities (e.g., Worldcat, LibraryThing and Goodreads). A list of social taggingfeatures was compiled from the comparison that was categorized into posting,searching, browsing, managing and sharing functions. We compared these taggingfeatures with the SCNOUL Seven Pillars model of information literacy to examinepotential synergies between them. This helps to demonstrate ways that libraries canexploit opportunities for building social tagging systems into library practices, supporttagging literacy and information literacy, and ultimately help users improve theirsearching, resource organization and sharing, research and learning skills.

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