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.
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.
Management and Leadership
- Communications - Internal and External
- Human Resources and Labor Management
- Management Ethics
- Organizational Culture and Knowledge
- Organizational Structure
- Project Planning and Development
- Strategy, Vision, and Focus
- Team Building
- Conferences and Continuing Education Opportunities
- Keeping Up With the Profession
- Publishing and Speaking
- Looking for a Job
- Workplace Organizing
- Book Clubs for Adults
- Book Talks and Story Time for Youth
- Cultural Programming
- Getting Kids to Read
- Grants for Programming
- Literacy Programs
- Programs for Adults
- Programs for Children
- Programs for Faculty
- Programs for Young Adults
- Technology Training in Libraries
- Tool Banks and Tool Lending Libraries
Reference Services and Information Literacy
- Online Reference (IM, Web-based, etc.)
- Free Online Reference Resources
- Information Literacy
- Online Tutorials
- Radical Reference
- Subject Guides
- Traditional Reference Services
Selling Your Library
Services to Specific Groups
- Services for Distance Learners
- Services for the Disabled
- Services for the Elderly
- Services for First Year Students
- Services in a Multi-lingual Environment
- Services for the Poor and Homeless
- Staff Training
- Electronic Databases
- Institutional Repositories
- Improving Access (open_url, metasearch, metadata harvesting, etc.)
- Web Browser Extensions
- Web Services
Implementing Tech in the Library
- Grants for Technology Projects
- Free/Open Source Software
- Providing Technology to Patrons (computers, wifi, iPods, etc.)
- Technology Planning
- Website Design
- Web Tips and Tricks
Information Sharing and Education
- Collaborative Tools in Libraries (Blogs, Wikis, etc.)
- Courseware (Blackboard, WebCT, Angel, etc.)
- Online Communities
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.
Not seeing the stuff you added? Try this fix.
Any questions? Contact Meredith Farkas.