Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki

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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.

If you are going to link to this wiki please use the following URL:

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Join the Community

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.

If you want to see recent changes made to the wiki, visit Recent Changes. There is also an RSS Feed for the Recent Changes page.


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

Materials Selection and Collection Maintenance



Readers' Advisory

Reference Services and Information Literacy

Resource Sharing

Selling Your Library

Services to Specific Groups

Training and Development for Librarians



Implementing Tech in the Library

Information Sharing and Education


  • InfoCamp - Seattle, WA, October 10-11, 2009
  • Library Camp - Ann Arbor, MI March 20, 2008
  • Newbie unConference - Southfield MI, June 13, 2009
  • One Big Library - Toronto, ON, June 27, 2008
  • Tech Camp unConference - East Lansing, MI, May 15, 2009
  • Information Literacy from Birth to Earth: An Unconference Texas Library Association, April 2, 2011
  • PLA 2012 Unconference Philadelphia, March 16, 2012
  • The Unconference: Community College Library Issues - Santa Barbara City College, May 5, 2012

Working Together

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Please visit the Wikipedia Style Guide for instructions on how to format text in the wiki. 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.

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