Delicious: Our Delicious page is set up for both staff and our readers. We've linked to some of the most useful social science sites and popular elements within our own website. We've also created "private" links for staff to use after logging in (such as our fund codes). Delicious is easy to use, although sorting by tags is not necessarily intuitive for all staff. It does seem like a site you have to use regularly to really maximize its features. We haven't received any feedback from readers on this page yet, but we hope they're referring to it.
We set up an institutional page for Nuffield in December 2007. We already have a very complete website and didn't want to recreate that through facebook. Rather, we wanted to provide a space where readers could ask questions if they wished, or simply express their support of the library. We think it's a fun way for them to connect themselves with an institution that has a big effect on their experiences as students/faculty.

Since we set up the page, we've acquired 226 "likes". We haven't seen a huge amount of participation, but we never expected it would drastically alter the way we communicate with readers. The page is easy to maintain and one more way the library is available to readers.

We started a LibraryThing page mostly so we could offer RSS feeds of new books to our readers, which we couldn't do with our current accessions pages. We may only use LibraryThing until Bodleian Libraries develop more RSS tools, but in the meantime, it's a useful website. Each week, we add all our latest books to the site. The visual representation it provides is simple, yet vibrant.

It's unfortunate that some aspects of the site aren't set up more for what a library would like it to do. For instance, it would be really great if you didn't have to log into LibraryThing to set up Oxford as the default library to borrow from (after you click on the individual titles). Hopefully our readers will investigate a bit themselves on all the ways they can customise their experience of the site.

Twitter: have been using Twitter to share useful/interesting websites and news of what's happening in the library. It's been a bit challenging to find useful content that fits within Twitter's strict length limitations, but we have acquired over 140 followers and managed to update our status a few times a week. We've found that once you start looking for information that will fit into a tweet, it gets a lot easier. We received a request from one of our readers who doesn't use Twitter but does have a Facebook account to post all the same information on both pages. Since then, we've started using the tag #fb after relevant tweets to send them to Facebook as well (using the Selective Tweets application).

Wiki (staff only)

In the autumn of 2010 we began using an internal wiki to manage all the sundry bits of information related to the library and our individual jobs (very helpful when someone is away). So far, so good! The site is provided by Google and it is easy to use. Staff were not thrilled about having an extra username and password to remember, but we're trying to integrate the wiki into our daily work.


We felt that we wanted to do something different with our blog and are using it to post longer tutorials on the library and the social sciences in general. Our other web 2.0 pages tend to have similar or shared content, while our blog is more unique. The current approach demands more of the reader (and us), but hopefully does fill a niche. We'll try to keep updating it every month or so with thorough descriptions of how to use certain services.