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Tagging at work in the OPAC

Some interesting examples of where social tagging is being used in a library context:

University of Pennsylvania PennTags:
Library users can tag their favourite bookmarks and also records from the catalogue. A “Tag Cloud” has been created where the tags with the most items appear larger. A good example is the tag “gender”; there are a number of different resources tagged with the word “Gender” including websites from the WHO, journal indexes and books in the library collection.

Daveyp, Library Systems Manager at the University of Huddersfield, has created a tag cloud of subject terms from the University of Huddersfield catalogue . It’s quite fun so have a look: Daveyp’s Tag Cloud.

While the tagging is interesting how useful is it to catalogue users? Does it have a place within a library context?

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