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 for 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.
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 about it 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-NoDerivs 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.
If you are going to link to this wiki, please use the following URL:
Join the Community
While I am not going to require that people register on the wiki, it would be great if you did. It makes it easier for us to identify spam and it makes the wiki much more like a community if we can get to know each other a little. When you register, 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 (7/8/05), we will have to delete any new vendor/software recommendations that do not have the author identified.
If you add a new category, please add it to this list on the main page so people can easily find it.
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 the page). Then, when you click on that link, you will be taken to a new page that you can add to.
- Website Design
- Web Tips and Tricks
- Web Services
- Collaborative Tools in Libraries (Blogs, Wikis, etc.)
- Electronic Databases
- Institutional Repositories
- Courseware (Blackboard, WebCT, Angel, etc.)
- Improving Access (open_url, metasearch, metadata harvesting, etc.)
- Free/Open Source Software
- Providing Technology to Patrons (computers, wifi, iPods, etc.)
- Grants for Technology Projects
- Technology Training in Libraries
- Programs for Faculty
- Programs for Adults
- Programs for Young Adults
- Programs for Children
- Book Clubs for Adults
- Book Talks and Story Time for Youth
- Cultural Programming
- Getting Kids to Read
- Grants for Programming
Management and Leadership
- Project Planning and Development
- Organizational Culture and Knowledge
- Strategy, Vision, and Focus
- Communications and Promotions
- Team Building
- Human Resources and Labor Management
- Management Ethics
Selling Your Library
Reference Services and Information Literacy
- Traditional Reference Services
- Online Reference (IM, Web-based, etc.)
- Free Online Reference Resources
- Information Literacy Classes (techniques, handouts, etc.)
- Online Tutorials
- Subject Guides
Services to Specific Groups
- Services for Distance Learners
- Services for First Year Students
- Services for the Elderly
- Services for the Disabled
- Services for the Homeless
- Services in a Multi-lingual Environment
- Staff Training
- Keeping Up With the Profession
- Conferences and Continuing Education Opportunities
- Publishing and Speaking
- Looking for a Job
Please see Wikipedia Help or User's Guide for usage and configuration help. Another great way to figure out how to do things in the wiki is to click edit on a certain page and see how things are formatted. Check this tips page if you're new to wikis and just want a quick intro on how to get started.
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Any questions? Contact Meredith Farkas.