ActiveIT in South Lanarkshire have set up Pageflakes pages at http://www.pageflakes.com/activeit/21822620. As well as the local news, weather and travel, they have a ‘Community language news’ tab with RSS feeds from several European and Russian news sources. ActiveIT is the brand name for the learning centres in South Lanarkshire Libraries. More information about ActiveIT can be found at http://www.slc-learningcentres.org.uk.
East Lothian Libraries are now on Pageflakes. This is another excellent library start page providing local information. There is also help with essential survival skills – check out Recipe of the Day!
The Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) and CILIP in Scotland are now on Pageflakes (http://www.pageflakes.com/scottishlibraries). Their page has a range of Web 2.0 services including flickr, del.icio.us and slideshare. It also has a blog, a monthly poll, news feeds and access to Scottish Library and Information Resources (SLIR). The content is still under development andthey hope to add other features, such as a podcast, very soon.
Two examples of Libraries using Pageflakes as a “start page”. (Thanks to Phil Bradley for highlighting both of these in his blog).
The first is Dublin City Public Libraries and Archive. It is not so much a start page as several start pages. I counted seven tabs so it is almost a mini web site! As a regular visitor to Dublin I love the traffic and travel tab where they have Dublin web cams, traffic updated and local travel news. A superb example of how far you can push this technology.
The second is Llyfrgell Ceredigion Library in Aberystwyth, Wales. Again, another good example of concentrating on providing local information.