- Anyone (registered or unregistered, if unrestricted) can add, edit or delete content.
- Tracking tools within wikis allow you to easily keep up on what been changed and by whom.
- Earlier versions of a page can be viewed and reinstated when needed.
- And users do not need to know HTML in order to apply styles to text or add and edit content. In most cases simple syntax structure is used.
As the use of wikis has grown over the last few years, libraries all over the country have begun to use them to collaborate and share knowledge. Among their applications are pathfinder or subject guide wikis, book review wikis, ALA conference wikis and even library best practices wikis.
Use these resources to learn more aboout wikis:
- Wikis in Plain English – Short video about wikis from Common Craft
- Wiki, wiki, wiki - from Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County's Core compentency blog
- What is a Wiki? – Library Success wiki presentation
- Using Wikis to Create Online Communities – a good overview of what a wiki is and how it can be used in libraries.
For this discovery exercise, you are asked to take a look at some library wikis and blog about your finding. Here’s a few examples to get you started:
- SJCPL Subject Guides – a pathfinder wiki developed by the St. Joseph County Public Library system
- Library Success: A best practices wiki
- ALA 2009 Chicago wiki – an example of a wiki created to support a specific event
- The Bull Run Library wiki - a public library wiki
- Other library wiki examples
Create a blog post about your findings. What did you find interesting? What types of applications within libraries might work well with a wiki?