Friday, October 7, 2011
I can see that tagging could be a very useful tool for libraries. If you have patrons of a library tag books in a electronic system it may become easier to search for books that are similar to the ones they have already enjoyed. This like most systems has a down side. I for one, am unlikely to be able to resist the temptation to put in an odd tag on a book such as lobster or orchard when the book has nothing to do with either thing. This although amusing would not help you in your search for a book about apple orchards. The solution to this problem would be to make the librarians responsible for the tags which would be time consuming and would negate the social aspect of the tagging. The bookmarking site that I looked at in order to learn about tagging Delicious.com didn't seem to have too many people like me who when asked for a tag for a site on making cupcakes that look like the stars of musical theatre would write in the word Rasputin. This may be because of the vast number of users and the lowered chances that one tag of Rasputin on a cooking site would have any effect. So the Solution to the mistagging problem would be to have many people participate and have the tags only show up if they have been suggested multiple times.