Fun with Wikis

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In case you're new to wikis:
– A wiki is an easily editable web page – no knowledge of HTML is required

– Wikis can be as open to editing as one would like

– Wiki software is usually free or low cost

– Wikis are truly collaborative, allowing several people to create and edit content on one page

If you're not familiar with wikis, here's a great one to get started with: Library Success, a Best Practice Wiki: http://www.libsuccess.org/ 

“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 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. 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. There's some great information about services to teens (under services to specific groups) and tons of other great resources. I got on the site for the first time last week and added information about The Scoop. It took me a little while to get the hang of it, but it was fun once I figured it out. 

We spent some time at a staff meeting talking about how Idaho libraries could share their success stories and the things they were trying with digital natives in their communities. We thought about creating a new Idaho wiki, but I think it would be nice to utilize this tool and share what we're doing here with others around the country as well as pick up some of their great ideas. What do you think?