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A Library Employee Handbook for the 21st Century<br />Utilizing MediaWiki for Creating Policy Manuals<br />Mark Baggett, M...
Overview<br />Project Background<br />Wiki Selection<br />Implementation<br />Handbook Development<br />Formatting<br />Le...
Project Background<br />2002 Strategic Plan<br />Need for a formal orientation process<br />December 2009<br />Creation of...
Choosing a Platform<br />Photo by SD Kirk - http://flic.kr/p/6qoCbW<br />
Wiki<br />Definition<br />1994-1995<br /><ul><li>First Wiki</li></ul>Two types:<br /><ul><li>WYSIWYG
Simplified Markup Language</li></ul>Photo by Phillip Stewart - http://flic.kr/p/6KVRDT<br />
Brief History of LSUHSC-S Wikis<br />
Wetpaint Wiki<br />Created 2008<br />Problems<br />Proprietary<br />Files only by attachment<br />Poor Organization<br />L...
Black Hole Effect<br />Photo by Phil Plait - http://flic.kr/p/5QGJhT<br />
Catalyst for Change<br />Photo by San Jose Library- http://flic.kr/p/7S7U4x<br />
New Wiki Criteria<br />Institutional Memory<br />Collaboration<br />Better File Sharing<br />Relatively Easy to Edit<br />...
Selecting Wiki Package<br />Open Source<br />Cost<br />Up to Date<br />Data Backend<br />
Research!<br />Photo by Phil Plait - http://flic.kr/p/5QGJhT<br />
Comparison<br />
MediaWiki<br />
Attractive<br />
Extensible<br />Photo by Sheila Miguez - http://flic.kr/p/JdvRG<br />
Established Support Base<br />Photo by Sheila Miguez - http://flic.kr/p/JdvRG<br />
Highly Searchable<br />
Familiar Backend<br />Apache<br />MySQL<br />PHP 5.0<br />
Up to Date<br />
Cost<br />Photo by Tracy O. - http://flic.kr/p/6oVWp<br />
Not for Everyone!<br />No WYSIWYG out of the box<br />Wide-Open<br />Technical Administration<br />Server Installation / M...
Installing & Configuring<br />Photo by Danielle Dionne - http://flic.kr/p/5rExsj<br />
Server<br />Local<br />Virtual<br />Existing Web Server?<br />Photo by Phil Gold- http://flic.kr/p/5S2i7<br />
Operating System<br />What we use<br />Linux<br />Other options<br />Windows Server<br />Windows XP<br />Other<br />
Web Server<br />What we use<br />Apache<br />Other options<br />IIS 6.0<br />Cherokee<br />Hiawatha<br />Sun Java System W...
Database Server<br />What we use<br />MySQL<br />Other options<br />Post-Gre SQL<br />SQLite 3.0<br />
PHP5.0<br />Photo by Cal Evans - http://flic.kr/p/4se9af<br />
Configuring<br />Web server<br />O.S. <br />Dependent<br />Database server<br />PHP 5.0<br />
Security<br />Operating System<br />Campus I.T.<br />Intranet or Internet<br />Authentication<br />Backing Up<br />Photo b...
Handbook Development<br />Brainstorming<br />Writing<br />Organization<br />
Formatting<br />
Skins<br />Selecting a Skin<br />User Skins<br />Creating a Skin<br />
Table of Contents<br />Articles<br />Topics & Subtopics<br />Challenges<br />
Editing<br />
Style Sheet Editing<br />Customizing your skin<br />CSS editing<br />Too many topics make table of contents illegible<br />
Tagging<br />Improves search capability<br />Requires planning<br />Defining tags<br />Articles<br />Thesaurus<br />Photo ...
Extensions<br />MediaWiki limited out of box<br />Extensible<br />Established User Base + Open Source =<br />Someone has h...
Extensions (cont.)<br />Add new features or enhance functionality<br />Usually fall into one of these categories:<br />Ext...
Extension Matrix<br />Categories:<br />Supported Version<br />Status<br />Type of Extension<br />Recently Created<br />Rec...
Essential Extensions<br />Embed Document<br />Displays PDF, XLS, Doc, etc.<br />File Link Extension<br />Shared Network Do...
Installing Extensions<br />It varies!<br />May require patch<br />May require helper file<br />Usually installing to patch...
Lessons Learned<br />It takes a long time<br />Remember the scope of the handbook<br />Backing up is essential<br />Doesn’...
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  1. 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. 2. Overview<br />Project Background<br />Wiki Selection<br />Implementation<br />Handbook Development<br />Formatting<br />Lessons Learned<br />
  3. 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. 4. Choosing a Platform<br />Photo by SD Kirk - http://flic.kr/p/6qoCbW<br />
  5. 5. Wiki<br />Definition<br />1994-1995<br /><ul><li>First Wiki</li></ul>Two types:<br /><ul><li>WYSIWYG
  6. 6. Simplified Markup Language</li></ul>Photo by Phillip Stewart - http://flic.kr/p/6KVRDT<br />
  7. 7. Brief History of LSUHSC-S Wikis<br />
  8. 8. Wetpaint Wiki<br />Created 2008<br />Problems<br />Proprietary<br />Files only by attachment<br />Poor Organization<br />Limited Searching<br />
  9. 9. Black Hole Effect<br />Photo by Phil Plait - http://flic.kr/p/5QGJhT<br />
  10. 10. Catalyst for Change<br />Photo by San Jose Library- http://flic.kr/p/7S7U4x<br />
  11. 11. New Wiki Criteria<br />Institutional Memory<br />Collaboration<br />Better File Sharing<br />Relatively Easy to Edit<br />Improved Searching<br />
  12. 12. Selecting Wiki Package<br />Open Source<br />Cost<br />Up to Date<br />Data Backend<br />
  13. 13. Research!<br />Photo by Phil Plait - http://flic.kr/p/5QGJhT<br />
  14. 14. Comparison<br />
  15. 15. MediaWiki<br />
  16. 16. Attractive<br />
  17. 17. Extensible<br />Photo by Sheila Miguez - http://flic.kr/p/JdvRG<br />
  18. 18. Established Support Base<br />Photo by Sheila Miguez - http://flic.kr/p/JdvRG<br />
  19. 19. Highly Searchable<br />
  20. 20. Familiar Backend<br />Apache<br />MySQL<br />PHP 5.0<br />
  21. 21. Up to Date<br />
  22. 22. Cost<br />Photo by Tracy O. - http://flic.kr/p/6oVWp<br />
  23. 23. Not for Everyone!<br />No WYSIWYG out of the box<br />Wide-Open<br />Technical Administration<br />Server Installation / Maintenance<br />
  24. 24. Installing & Configuring<br />Photo by Danielle Dionne - http://flic.kr/p/5rExsj<br />
  25. 25. Server<br />Local<br />Virtual<br />Existing Web Server?<br />Photo by Phil Gold- http://flic.kr/p/5S2i7<br />
  26. 26. Operating System<br />What we use<br />Linux<br />Other options<br />Windows Server<br />Windows XP<br />Other<br />
  27. 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. 28. Database Server<br />What we use<br />MySQL<br />Other options<br />Post-Gre SQL<br />SQLite 3.0<br />
  29. 29. PHP5.0<br />Photo by Cal Evans - http://flic.kr/p/4se9af<br />
  30. 30. Configuring<br />Web server<br />O.S. <br />Dependent<br />Database server<br />PHP 5.0<br />
  31. 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. 32. Handbook Development<br />Brainstorming<br />Writing<br />Organization<br />
  33. 33. Formatting<br />
  34. 34. Skins<br />Selecting a Skin<br />User Skins<br />Creating a Skin<br />
  35. 35. Table of Contents<br />Articles<br />Topics & Subtopics<br />Challenges<br />
  36. 36. Editing<br />
  37. 37. Style Sheet Editing<br />Customizing your skin<br />CSS editing<br />Too many topics make table of contents illegible<br />
  38. 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. 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. 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. 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. 42. Essential Extensions<br />Embed Document<br />Displays PDF, XLS, Doc, etc.<br />File Link Extension<br />Shared Network Documents<br />Intranet<br />
  43. 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. 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. 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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