Tuesday, May 15, 2007

blogs, and wikis, and social software, oh my...

Hello: This is my first post to this blog. I hope I am not too far off-topic.

This week is Professional Development Week for Cornell Librarians. I just attended a session this moring on the topic Social Networking Tools Used for Reference and Outreach. I presented my blog "Physics Information Fluency" and demonstrated connotea.

I look forward to seeing you all at SLA.

Pat the Librarian


Blogger Sara T. said...

Hi Pat: Some of our scientists, we suspect, use Connotea. Seems a decent tool. But we have RefWorks on campus and the library paid for it, so we are promoting it first, and it is naturally more powerful. Are there reasons to use Connotea over RefWorks in addition to the obvious one of it is free?!
Sara T.

9:13 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

I think the social aspects are quite different. Even if you buy the refshare add-on, and everyone participates (shares their citations), you still don't have the same tagging and discovery. There aren't groups of individual accounts (only group accounts)... I'm not sure these things are any more important than the things RefWorks gives you, but it is something to consider.
I've had a few conversations with one of our researchers -- he uses EndNote for himself (he adopted it well before RefWorks), but we've set up Connotea for his professional society working group. He's collaborating with researchers all over the world -- most don't have access to RefWorks.

9:34 PM  

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