[Web4lib] Keyword (tag cloud) view of subject pages

Tracy L. Mehlin tmehlin at u.washington.edu
Fri Aug 10 17:19:27 EDT 2007

I just made one of these one of these browse-able subject keyword 
graphic displays 
<http://depts.washington.edu/hortlib/resources/cloud.php> too and I 
ended up calling it a Tag Cloud, despite the fact that NO ONE around 
here knew what a tag cloud was.  I called it a tag cloud for two 
reasons: 1) it's an  intriguing , evocative phrase that I think some 
people might click just to see what it is; and 2) in the web 2.0 world 
that's what it's called. 

EPL's version is a bit different in that it's not actual "tags" but 
title words, but I think the visual/graphic/cloud element is what makes 
this sort of display stand out, so why not call attention to it. 

Tracy L. Mehlin, MLIS
Information Technology Librarian
Elisabeth C. Miller Library
University of Washington Botanic Gardens
Box 354115
Seattle, WA 98195-4115
206-543-0415 ~ tmehlin at u.washington.edu ~ www.millerlibrary.org

Peter Schoenberg wrote:
> We have put up a "tag cloud" based on words in the titles of all of our Subject Pages on the Edmonton Public Library site. 
> Really not sure what to call the page or what words to use in the link text.    I think tag cloud is hardly a common phrase among our users.
> You can find the Browse Subjects by Title link on the home page or go directly to the page using the following link.
> 	http://www.epl.ca/EPLCloudNine.cfm?all=yes
> Subject pages include booklists, pathfinders for kids, and all the normal subject pages you would expect.
> Any and all comments are appreciated as we determine the fate of the page and how else we might use the technique.   
> Peter
> __________________________________________________
> Peter Schoenberg                  (780) 496 1855
> Manager - eServices - Edmonton Public Library
>                            www.epl.ca       
> _______________________________________________
> Web4lib mailing list
> Web4lib at webjunction.org
> http://lists.webjunction.org/web4lib/

More information about the Web4lib mailing list