Research Pathfinder 2.0: Del.icio.us Linkroll Widgets
More libraries are using del.icio.us, a free social bookmarking service, as part of their research pathfinders and to promote the use of digital/online resources for research projects. Now you can use the del.ico.us linkroll widget as part of your wiki, blog, or website to promote the resources you have tagged for a specific research project!
For example, I recently collaborated with Mrs. Kendra Nayman, an 11th grade English teacher, on a research project in which students explored incidents of hysteria in history as part of their study of The Crucible. I bookmarked our favorite database articles and web resources with relevant tags, and I was careful to tag each resource with a common tag of “knayman_hysteria2008”.
By then logging into our library del.ici.ous account, I went to http://delicious.com/help/linkrolls and customized my “widget.” I gave my widget a title, and then I copied in the “knayman_hysteria2008” tag into the optional “tag” box. I changed my widget to bullet each link and set the widget to show the 10 most recent bookmarks with that tag. You can also customize other options, such as sorting your tags alphabetically or by the date added, whether or not you want the notes for your bookmarks to show, and some other stylistic options. Once you are done making your changes, you simply copy the HTML code that is generated and paste it into the appropriate location of your wiki, blog, or website! The widget is dynamic and will automatically update itself as you add bookmarks with that specific tag—how cool is that?
The del.icio.us linkroll widget is just another way of delivering and promoting content in your research pathfinders. The widget is also a dynamic and visual means of steering your students to your library del.icio.us account. Try using del.icio.us to show and do more than just tell your students about the informative and helpful resources you have bookmarked for them as part of your research pathfinder!