Sunday, August 3, 2008

# 11 (Week 5) Learn about wikis and discover some innovative ways that libraries are using them

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 are:
  • 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 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.

Discovery Exercise (#11):

1. Look at these resources to learn more about wikis:

2. Have a look at a Youtube video demonstrating wikis, by Commoncraft videos.

3. Take a look at some library wikis - here’s a few examples to get you started:

4. Create a blog post about your findings - What did you find interesting? What types of applications within libraries might work well with a wiki?

5. Use your gmail account to email with a link to your blog. Please put Exercise #11 in the Subject Heading.


craftykat said...

Found "Using Wikis to create online communities' interesting, but the link to the OCLC World Cat didn't work.
This link does:

Mrs Doolittle said...

Love the video again.
I watched this before reading the rest of the exercise.
Link is at the bottom of the page.

NSL Learning 2.0 team said...

TIP: If the video is very slow - open it up in a separate window (right click on the link and choose "Open in New Window"), start the video and minimise the screen so that the video can download completely. Once completely downloaded you can go and play it through.