Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Portals with NetVibes

This week Barb sent me a link to Morraine Valley Community College's Homepage and I saw that they had created a portal called Morraine Valley Info Central which includes library RSS feeds and links. A student can log in and create their own account to have a personalized portal. This is created through a free web 2.0 tool called NetVibes.

On a similar note, two students who participated in a card sort activity this week with Kim were entranced with the card labeled My Library Account. They thought that this meant they could create their own library starting page with personalized links, links to their syllabi, textbooks, etc.

Thinking about this, I did a quick search and found this article about creating a start page for library staff members with NetVibes. You can see a sample portal. It could include links to the library blogs, rss feeds, the library email reference account, our AskLCCLibrary AIM account....

This idea of personalized portals for both staff and possibly our library webpage is worth considering.