Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki
Welcome to Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki. This wiki was created to be a one-stop shop for great ideas and information for all types of librarians. All over the world, librarians are developing successful programs and doing innovative things with technology that no one outside of their library knows about. There are lots of great blogs out there sharing information about the profession, but there is no one place where all of this information is collected and organized. That's what we're trying to do.
If you've done something at your library that you consider a success, please write about it in the wiki or provide a link to outside coverage. If you have materials that would be helpful to other librarians, add them to the wiki. And if you know of a librarian or a library that is doing something great, feel free to include information or links to it. Basically, if you know of anything that might be useful to other librarians (including useful websites), this is the place to put it. I hope this wiki will be a venue where people can share ideas with one another and where librarians can learn to replicate the successes of other libraries.
This wiki is not run by any commercial entity and does not represent any commercial interests. For those wishing to use content in the wiki, the wiki itself (and all the content contained herein) is licensed under the Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike Creative Commons License. Please familiarize yourself with the license before using any of the content on your own site.
Anyone who wants to add to or edit topics on the wiki can do it. You don't need to ask before making a change -- this wiki belongs to the community of librarians who use it. If you have any technical questions about the wiki, please contact its creator, Meredith Farkas. Questions about specific content in the wiki should be directed to that individual author.
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Just create an account to start adding and editing content on the wiki. Please enter your e-mail address when you create an account and you will be sent a link to confirm your address (after which you will be able to edit the wiki).
When you register for this wiki, you can then add to your own user profile page. Please add your profile to the Wiki User List so we can all get to know each other!
Note: If you are going to add to the list of recommended vendors or software, please put your name on your recommendation so we know that it's not from a vendor. From here on in, we will have to delete any new vendor/software recommendations that do not have the author identified.
Check out the alphabetized list of categories with alphabetized lists of articles in each category.
If you add a new category, please add it to this list on the main page so people can easily find it. You can also add new pages off of the pages in each category (subpages). For example, if you want to go into depth with a "success story" about gaming, you can create another page for the details on the success story and just put a little teaser or title on the gaming page (with a link).
You can easily add a new page by putting the title of the new page inside double brackets on the front page (you can see the formatting when you go to edit this page). Then, when you click on that link, you will be taken to a new page that you can add to.
- Recent Changes Page
- Tips page for getting started on the right foot
- Guidelines for Wiki Use
- Wiki User List
- Librarians who IM
- InfoCamp - Seattle, WA, October 10-11, 2009
- Library Camp - Ann Arbor, MI March 20, 2008
- Newbie unConference - Southfield MI, June 13, 2009
- Tech Camp unConference - East Lansing, MI, May 15, 2009
Management and Leadership
- Communications - Internal and External
- Human Resources and Labor Management
- Leadership Development and Education
- Management Ethics
- Organizational Culture and Knowledge
- Organizational Structure
- Project Planning and Development
- Strategy, Vision, and Focus
- Team Building
- Pipeline: Future Professionals
- Public Policies: Resources for Policy Creation and Review
Materials Selection and Collection Maintenance
- Conferences and Continuing Education Opportunities
- Keeping Up With the Profession
- Looking for a Job
- Publishing and Speaking
- Self-Promotion Tips for New Librarians
- Workplace Organizing
- Book Discussion Group Resources
- Leading book groups
- Recommending books
- Writing Reviews for Open WorldCat
Reference Services and Information Literacy
- Free Online Reference Resources
- Future of Reference Service
- Information Literacy
- Online Reference (IM, Web-based, etc.)
- Online Tutorials
- Radical Reference
- Subject Guides
- Traditional Reference Services
- Library FAQ
Selling Your Library
- Annual Reports
- Demonstrating Impact, Value and ROI
- Newspaper columns and blogs
Services to Specific Groups
- Library Services in Academic Institutions
- Library Services in Schools
- Library Services for Homeschoolers
- Services for Distance Learners
- Services for the Disabled
- Services for Older Adults
- Services for the Housebound
- Services for First Year Students
- Services in a Multi-lingual Environment
- Services for the Poor and Homeless
- Services for Teens
- Libraries Services in Rural, Native, and Tribal Libraries
- Services for the Imprisoned
- Mobile Library Services for people remote from main library.
Training and Development for Librarians
- Library Schools
- Online Training Resources for Librarians
- Resources for Library & Information Technology students
- Staff Training
- Work Like A Patron Day
- Electronic Databases
- Institutional Repositories
- Improving Access (open_url, metasearch, metadata harvesting, etc.)
- Library Systems (integrated systems, automated systems, circulation systems]
- M-Libraries (mobile access to library resources - cell phones, PDAs, mp3 players, etc)
- Online Library Card Registration and e-Card Services
- Physical Delivery or Courier Services
- Public Access Computer Management
- Web Browser Extensions
- Web Services
Implementing Tech in the Library
- Accessibility - general hardware and software technologies and information (not Web-specific)
- Content Management Systems (CMS)
- Google My Maps
- Grants for Technology Projects
- Free/Open Source Software
- PLA TechNotes
- Providing Technology to Patrons (computers, wifi, iPods, etc.)
- Radio Frequency Identification (RFID)
- Room Reservation Systems
- Self Checkout
- SMS or Short Messaging Service
- Technology Planning
- Virtual Worlds
- Voice over IP (VoIP)
- Web Tips and Tricks
- Website Design
- Web Statistics Packages
Information Sharing and Education
- Collaborative Tools in Libraries (Blogs, Wikis, etc.)
- Courseware (Blackboard, WebCT, Angel, etc.)
- Learning 2.0 Program
- Management of the WSF Information
- Online Communities
- Personal start-page tools
- Search Engines
- Social Networking Software
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