One of my favorite professional groups of people is a statewide network of folks interested in service learning. In the past few years, the group has undergone some major leadership changes, growth pains and reorganization. It includes K-12 teachers and administrators, area and state education staff, college and university representatives, non-profit and community organization leadership. This is not a group whose members just run into each other at the water cooler or staff meetings. After our last quarterly meeting, there was a whole flurry of emails to the effect of “Here is the resource I mentioned at our last meeting.” While the resources are great, they are hiding in lots of places in everyone’s email in-boxes. Enter the wonders of social bookmarking! My plan is to use del.icio.us to tag the resources that were emailed and invite other group members to join del.icio.us and use the same tag. I will also ask them to use the notes box to include ideas or examples of how they might use that particular resource. It should be a great way to keep a consistent list of resources and share updates between meetings. Best of all, it will be up to the individual when and how often or intensively they want to use the social bookmarking.
What is the most effective use you have found for social bookmarking sites?