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== How Libraries Can Use Wikis With Their Patrons ==
 
== How Libraries Can Use Wikis With Their Patrons ==
  
Community Wiki
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*Community Wiki
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**Examples:
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***[http://arborwiki.org/index.php?title=Main_Page Ann Arbor Wiki] (done by the Community High School Web Group)
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***[http://rocwiki.org/ RocWiki]: The People's Guide to Rochester
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***[http://daviswiki.org/Front_Page Davis Wiki]
  
Subject Guide Wiki
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*Subject Guide Wiki
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**Examples:
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***[http://www.library.ohiou.edu/subjects/bizwiki/index.php/Main_Page Biz Wiki] (Ohio University)
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***[www.libraryforlife.org/subjectguides/index.php/Main_Page SJCPL's Subject Guides](St. Joseph County Public Library)
  
Wikify the OPAC
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*Wikify the OPAC
 
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**Patrons annotating the catalog -- see [http://www.worldcatlibraries.org/wcpa/isbn/1594200637&tab=reviews Open WorldCat] for an example.
Wiki as Courseware
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*Wiki as Courseware
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**Example: [http://biro.bemidjistate.edu/~morgan/e-rhetoric/wiki.php E-Rhetoric Wiki] and [http://biro.bemidjistate.edu/cgi/twwtwiki.pl Teaching Writing With Technology Wiki](courses at Bemidji State University)
  
 
== How Librarians Can Use Wikis for Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration ==
 
== How Librarians Can Use Wikis for Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration ==
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**Permissioning
 
**Permissioning
 
**Spam prevention
 
**Spam prevention
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=== Getting People On Board ===
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*Have a specific purpose
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*To structure or not to structure?
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*Be explicit.
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*Actively prevent spam.
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See my advice for building a successfull wiki at ''[http://meredith.wolfwater.com/wordpress/index.php/?p=254 ALA Wiki: What I learned and what I’m doing with it]'' (on my blog) and ''[http://webjunction.org/do/DisplayContent?id=11262 So You Want to Build a Wiki?]'' (from WebJunction).

Revision as of 17:06, 2 January 2006

Contents

What is a Wiki?

Why Wiki?

  • Easy to use
    • Web-based
    • Simple syntax (don't need to know HTML)
  • Anyone can make changes -- no more waiting for the Webmaster to get around to your requested changes.
  • Many free and open source options
  • Flexible and extensible


Why Not?

  • Too open -- "I don't want someone changing my writing!"
  • Vandalism and spam
  • No "credit"
  • Intellectual property issues


How Libraries Can Use Wikis With Their Patrons

  • Subject Guide Wiki
    • Examples:
      • Biz Wiki (Ohio University)
      • [www.libraryforlife.org/subjectguides/index.php/Main_Page SJCPL's Subject Guides](St. Joseph County Public Library)
  • Wikify the OPAC
    • Patrons annotating the catalog -- see Open WorldCat for an example.

How Librarians Can Use Wikis for Knowledge Sharing and Collaboration

  • Staff Intranet
    • Collaborative Document Development
    • Reference Wiki
  • Collective Knowledge Base
  • Guidebook
  • Planning Space for Conferences, Meetings, etc.
  • Group Projects


So You Want To Build a Wiki: Important Considerations

Where Will Your Wiki Live?

DIY Wikis (hosted on your server, installed by you)

Check out the Wiki Matrix to compare wikis side-by-side.

Hosted Wikis/Wiki Farms (your wiki on another company's servers)

Check out the List of wiki farms in the Wikipedia.

Important Things to Consider When Choosing Wiki Software

  • Programming language
  • Ease of installation
  • Ease of use
  • Cost
  • Syntax
  • Version control
  • Ability to hold discussions
  • RSS
  • Ability to change look
  • Security
    • Permissioning
    • Spam prevention


Getting People On Board

  • Have a specific purpose
  • To structure or not to structure?
  • Be explicit.
  • Actively prevent spam.

See my advice for building a successfull wiki at ALA Wiki: What I learned and what I’m doing with it (on my blog) and So You Want to Build a Wiki? (from WebJunction).

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