Discovery 10 – Online Collaboration – Wikis

August 19, 2009 at 10:23 am 1 comment


What’s a Wiki? Watch and learn…

A wiki is a collaborative website and authoring tool that allows users to easily add, remove and edit content. Wikipedia, the online open-community encyclopedia, is the largest and perhaps the most well-known of these knowledge sharing tools. With the benefits that wikis provide, the use and popularity of these tools is exploding.

Some of the benefits that make wikis so attractive:

  • 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;
  • Users do not need to know special computer code (HTML) in order to apply styles to text or add and edit content. In most cases, if you have used Word to edit a document, then you an edit a wiki.

As the use of wikis has grown over the last few years, libraries have begun to use them to collaborate and share knowledge. Among their applications are pathfinder or subject guide wikis, book review wikis, conference wikis and even library best practices wikis.


Some staff of CityLibraries have already dipped their toes in the water with these two wikis

Have a browse through some of these wikis to see how people are using them.

  • SJCPL Subject Guides – a pathfinder wiki developed by the St. Joseph County Public Library system.
  • Book Lovers Wiki – developed by the Princeton Public Library.
  • Library Success: A best practices wiki
  • The Albany County Public Library Staff wiki – an example of a wiki created for library staff to document procedures.
  • Library Blog Wiki


    Your task for this discovery exercise is to add some comments, links or other content to the CityLibraries Information to Consider wiki.  The review of Information Services is something that every staff member can contribute to (especially if you don’t work on an Information Desk – we really need to hear your views!).

    Create a blog post about your experience.

    • What did you find interesting about the wiki concept?
    • What types of applications within libraries and schools might work well with a wiki?
    • Many teachers/faculty “ban” Wikipedia as a source for student research. What do you think of the practice of limiting information by format?
    • Which did you think of the experience of editing a wiki?

    Well done – you have finished another Discovery exercise!


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    1 Comment Add your own

    • 1. alison  |  September 14, 2009 at 9:54 pm

      Trisha’s Memories wiki looks great! An important resource to add to the collection.


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