Monday, July 11, 2005

Best Library Practices Wiki Site

Librarian Meredith Farkas, who is behind the blog Information Wants To Be Free, has launched a collaborative site or wiki called Library Success where people can share their best practices on a range of topics.

According to the Wikipedia online encyclopedia definition, a wiki "is a web application that allows users to add content, as on an Internet forum, but also allows anyone to edit the content. The term Wiki also refers to the collaborative software used to create such a website."

As Meredith writes:

"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."

Here for example is the section on collaborative tools (blogs, RSS, wikis).

People can contribute in the following categories (which further break down into subcategories):
  • Technology
  • Programming
  • Working Together
  • Management and Leadership
  • Selling Your Library
  • Reference Services and Information Literacy
  • Readers' Advisory
  • Services to Specific Groups
  • Professional
The potential for this kind of pooling of professional knowledge, tips, and materials can be enormous. It will be interesting to watch the site grow.

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