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Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals
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Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Online Policy Manuals

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Presentation from LOUIS Users Conference, October 2010

Presentation from LOUIS Users Conference, October 2010

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  • 1. A Library Employee Handbook for the 21st Century<br />Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Policy Manuals<br />Mark Baggett, MLIS <br />Deidra Woodson, MLS, MA, MT (ASCP)<br />Kimberly Pullen, MLIS<br />LSU Health Sciences Center – Shreveport, Medical Library<br />
  • 2. Overview<br />Project Background<br />Wiki Selection<br />Implementation<br />Handbook Development<br />Formatting<br />Lessons Learned<br />
  • 3. Project Background<br />2002 Strategic Plan<br />Need for a formal orientation process<br />December 2009<br />Creation of task force<br />Establish official orientation process & library handbook<br />
  • 4. Choosing a Platform<br />Photo by SD Kirk - http://flic.kr/p/6qoCbW<br />
  • 5. Wiki<br />Definition<br />1994-1995<br /><ul><li>First Wiki</li></ul>Two types:<br /><ul><li>WYSIWYG
  • 6. Simplified Markup Language</li></ul>Photo by Phillip Stewart - http://flic.kr/p/6KVRDT<br />
  • 7. Brief History of LSUHSC-S Wikis<br />
  • 8. Wetpaint Wiki<br />Created 2008<br />Problems<br />Proprietary<br />Files only by attachment<br />Poor Organization<br />Limited Searching<br />
  • 9. Black Hole Effect<br />Photo by Phil Plait - http://flic.kr/p/5QGJhT<br />
  • 10. Catalyst for Change<br />Photo by San Jose Library- http://flic.kr/p/7S7U4x<br />
  • 11. New Wiki Criteria<br />Institutional Memory<br />Collaboration<br />Better File Sharing<br />Relatively Easy to Edit<br />Improved Searching<br />
  • 12. Selecting Wiki Package<br />Open Source<br />Cost<br />Up to Date<br />Data Backend<br />
  • 13. Research!<br />Photo by Phil Plait - http://flic.kr/p/5QGJhT<br />
  • 14. Comparison<br />
  • 15. MediaWiki<br />
  • 16. Attractive<br />
  • 17. Extensible<br />Photo by Sheila Miguez - http://flic.kr/p/JdvRG<br />
  • 18. Established Support Base<br />Photo by Sheila Miguez - http://flic.kr/p/JdvRG<br />
  • 19. Highly Searchable<br />
  • 20. Familiar Backend<br />Apache<br />MySQL<br />PHP 5.0<br />
  • 21. Up to Date<br />
  • 22. Cost<br />Photo by Tracy O. - http://flic.kr/p/6oVWp<br />
  • 23. Not for Everyone!<br />No WYSIWYG out of the box<br />Wide-Open<br />Technical Administration<br />Server Installation / Maintenance<br />
  • 24. Installing & Configuring<br />Photo by Danielle Dionne - http://flic.kr/p/5rExsj<br />
  • 25. Server<br />Local<br />Virtual<br />Existing Web Server?<br />Photo by Phil Gold- http://flic.kr/p/5S2i7<br />
  • 26. Operating System<br />What we use<br />Linux<br />Other options<br />Windows Server<br />Windows XP<br />Other<br />
  • 27. Web Server<br />What we use<br />Apache<br />Other options<br />IIS 6.0<br />Cherokee<br />Hiawatha<br />Sun Java System Web Server<br />
  • 28. Database Server<br />What we use<br />MySQL<br />Other options<br />Post-Gre SQL<br />SQLite 3.0<br />
  • 29. PHP5.0<br />Photo by Cal Evans - http://flic.kr/p/4se9af<br />
  • 30. Configuring<br />Web server<br />O.S. <br />Dependent<br />Database server<br />PHP 5.0<br />
  • 31. Security<br />Operating System<br />Campus I.T.<br />Intranet or Internet<br />Authentication<br />Backing Up<br />Photo by Joel Moss - http://flic.kr/p/51TEAJ<br />
  • 32. Handbook Development<br />Brainstorming<br />Writing<br />Organization<br />
  • 33. Formatting<br />
  • 34. Skins<br />Selecting a Skin<br />User Skins<br />Creating a Skin<br />
  • 35. Table of Contents<br />Articles<br />Topics & Subtopics<br />Challenges<br />
  • 36. Editing<br />
  • 37. Style Sheet Editing<br />Customizing your skin<br />CSS editing<br />Too many topics make table of contents illegible<br />
  • 38. Tagging<br />Improves search capability<br />Requires planning<br />Defining tags<br />Articles<br />Thesaurus<br />Photo by SD Kirk - http://flic.kr/p/6qoCbW<br />
  • 39. Extensions<br />MediaWiki limited out of box<br />Extensible<br />Established User Base + Open Source =<br />Someone has had the idea.<br />A user has developed it.<br />
  • 40. Extensions (cont.)<br />Add new features or enhance functionality<br />Usually fall into one of these categories:<br />Extend the wiki markup used to write articles<br />Add new reporting and administrative capabilities<br />Change the look and feel of MediaWiki<br />Enhance security via custom authentication mechanisms<br />
  • 41. Extension Matrix<br />Categories:<br />Supported Version<br />Status<br />Type of Extension<br />Recently Created<br />Recently Updated<br />Strategy<br />Google <br />Delicious<br />
  • 42. Essential Extensions<br />Embed Document<br />Displays PDF, XLS, Doc, etc.<br />File Link Extension<br />Shared Network Documents<br />Intranet<br />
  • 43. Installing Extensions<br />It varies!<br />May require patch<br />May require helper file<br />Usually installing to patch and changing a config file<br />Instructions always included<br />
  • 44. Lessons Learned<br />It takes a long time<br />Remember the scope of the handbook<br />Backing up is essential<br />Doesn’t work the same in every browser<br />Maintaining is an ongoing process<br />
  • 45. Contact Information<br />Mark Baggett <br /> LSUHSC-Shreveport<br /> (318)675-5460<br /> mbagge@lsuhsc.edu<br />Deidra Woodson <br /> LSUHSC-Shreveport<br /> (318)675-5679<br /> dwood6@lsuhsc.edu<br />Kimberly Pullen<br /> LSUHSC-Shreveport<br /> (318)675-5447<br /> kpulle@lsuhsc.edu<br />

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