I’ve been a fan of Digg for awhile. First, I started with the podcast – Diggnation – and then I started paying attention to the website.

The premise of Digg is that users post links to interesting stories/content on a variety of topics – technology (which is what the site started with,) gaming, videos, entertainment, world news, and so on. Then, other visitors to the site get to “digg” stories. When digging, the user votes for a story. The more diggs a story gets the more popular it is and the more popular it is the more likely it is to show up on the front page of the site.

More and more I’m thinking about how the technology behind Digg could be used for library catalogs and websites. Imagine if readers, viewers, listeners could vote for favorite titles in the library catalog. Those titles that were most popular would show up on the main page of the catalog as a form of reader’s advisory. Readers, listeners, and viewers would want their favorite authors, musicians, etc. to be listed close to the the top so they would return to the library catalog and site in order to make sure favorites were given their due.

This could work for databases too. When a reader finds an article of interest she could post it and then others could digg it.

The possibilities are pretty interesting to think about. Here’s the question – how do we make it happen?

About Linda W Braun

Linda W Braun is a YALSA Past President, the YALSA CE Consultant, and a learning consultant/project management coordinator at LEO: Librarians & Educators Online.
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  1. Jenny Levine [Member]

    Great ideas, Linda! I also want to add Digg to the ALA mix, as well. If nothing else, I’d like to add a “Digg This” link to the “American Libraries” headlines….

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