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  • What you will get from us – we are not “experts” We’ll share out experiences going through this process of setting up wikis and blogs, hopefully you can take something away that’s useful to you
  • Refer to the “Your Wiki, Your Blog: Outcomes to Success” handout
  • “ The key difference to keep in mind is that a true wiki is actively collaborative, that is, anyone can edit the document at any point in the document, whether that is to insert a comma, strike a sentence, or add an additional page. Blogs tend to function more like monologues, or pronouncements from the author(s) to which readers may append their own comments without the ability to alter the original blog text.” Refer to Handout Q: All my docs are in the shared drive. why bother with a wiki? A: wiki more fluid - like being able to hyperlink word docs, work on anywhere, version control. Q: Is it worth learning? Will they just phase out? IS it worth the time investment? A: Wikis are an exponential leap in how we produce, organize and store information. Remember moving from the card catalog to online catalogs? From typewriters to word processors? From no computers to dumb terminals to desktop PCs with floppy drives? We can expect to see changes in wiki software; I suspect we are at the 5 1/4" floppy stage right now.
  • Cannell library’s: started with Blogspot, got frustrated; Pavel came along and now we host own and he’ll talk about the differences; advantages Talk about the privacy policy we set up with the reference wiki (last names only for faculty; no discussions of sensitive matters) LIBR 105 – three learning lessons for students: privacy collaborative space with peers how easy to put information on the internet
  • Talk about the Cannell Policy that’s in their packet.
  • Examples of the most popular free web-based blogs Very little technical knowledge required
  • Can’t have your own domain name Limited control over how much you can customize the look and feel (show the web-based Wordpress – space is unlimited for text and comments, but it is limited for files and images – currently 50MB total More space can be purchased. Software upgrades and moves to a different server could disrupt your service If wordpress is bought by some large company, you can’t predict what will happen to your blog…
  • Webserver – a separate computer that is connected to the internet and accessible to everybody. No special requirements as far as hardware is concerned – any typical server will do. Space requirements are minimal for the blog to run – about 5 – 10 megs. Using lots of files images, and media files will require lots of storage space. Either the paid account like dreamhost or your IT department will provide you that space. Need to know basic concepts of how computers and software operate. Ability to read and understand technical documentation.
  • I wouldn’t even call these disadvantages. These are just the minimum basic things that are required. Costs are minimal. Hundreds of providers to choose from. Technical knowledge is minimal. Just understanding the concepts of files/folders and transferring files using FTP. Blogging software needs to be upgraded once in a while
  • More control over customization, look and feel. Wordpress – you can customize pretty much all the files. Can modify and customize anything in the wordpress engine itself. Constant domain name. People will always be coming to the same link.
  • Hundreds of hosting providers are available out there You need to decide what your requirements are and then select a hosting service that will fulfill those requirements Brief overview of the dreamhost hosting plans Brief overview of the dreamhost management panel
  • Download the latest distribution from While creating new database, need to note down database name, host name, username and password Wp_config.php is located in the unzipped wordpress folder
  • Once the new theme is enabled, I will create a new post and then will go into the file editor and show them how to display author’s name on the post. Before displaying the author’s name, need to change back to the default theme.
  • These are documentation links I learned almost everything about wordpress from this documentation
  • Refer to handout, “Considering a public blog? Tips for Success” Make a distinction between blogs used by a few staff, private, and blogs open to the public.
  • Review differences between wikis and blogs – roxanne’s example of using blog  using a wiki. Took – formatting – blog not set up to do formatting; wiki has formatting options.
  • Think in outline format rather than paragraphs. Hierarchy Wikis have style guides to help standardize organization.
  • Hands-on: participants set up their own wiki?
  • Create their own wiki in pb wiki. Ask volunteer to come up and show what they created. They win the 2 nd pbwiki gold membership.
  • Requirements Webserver (webspace) Serverside software (php, MySQL) Basic technical knowledge Disadvantages Costs (dreamhost is about $10/mo) Technical expertise Software upgrades Advantages More control and flexibility Your own domain name (school/institution domain) No risk of being closed down
  • Just follow these steps… Install.php is located in the unzipped root folder Local.php is located in the conf folder on the server Need to download it first, then modify, then upload back to the server
  • Transcript

    • 1. Wikis and Blogs More than cool toys – essential tools for libraries PORTALS Continuing Education May 11, 2007
    • 2. Presenters
      • Kitty Mackey & Zachary Grant, Reference & Instruction Librarians
        • [email_address]
        • [email_address]
      • Pavel Popov, IT Specialist
        • [email_address]
      • Cannell Library , Clark College, Vancouver WA
    • 3. OVERVIEW
      • Today’s session
        • surveymonkey results
      • Participants will be familiar with:
        • “ best practices”
        • setting outcomes for wikis and blogs
        • Options for hosting wikis/blogs
    • 4. The Right Tool?
      • This presentation
        • Wiki? Wrong tool.
      • Play, Play Play
        • Why not? They’re free!
      • Time to get serious? Start with outcomes.
    • 5. Outcomes-Based Approach
      • Outcomes
        • What do you want to do?
      • Indicators/Activities
        • What will be happening/day-to-day ?
      • Assessments/Performance Criteria
        • How will you gather your data or evidence?
      • Timeline
        • How often will you gather/analyze assessments?
    • 6. Examples of Outcomes
      • I/we/my library need/s a tool to:
        • promote digital citizenship
        • share daily messages with users
        • encourage learning through reflection & feedback
        • collaborate with colleagues
        • what else?
    • 7. WIKI? BLOG?
      • Quote from Wikipedia : Bliki
      • Similarities and Differences
    • 8. BLOGS
    • 9. Blogs Close to Home
      • to interact with faculty, students, patrons
        • Cannell Reference Librarians Blog
          • (The first: )
        • Cannell Library: The Blog
      • as classroom tools
      • The Big Kahuna List:
        • Blogging Libraries Wiki
    • 10. BLOGS
      • Best practices – Do they exist?
      • Remember: “Semper Gumby” – Be flexible
    • 11.  
    • 12. DO YOU NEED A BLOG?
      • Who is your audience?
      • What is your key message?
      • What is the purpose of your blog?
        • From: Why and How to Use Blogs to Promote Your Library's Services by Darlene Fichter (2003)
      • Privacy
      • Posts (Daily posts)
      • Comments
      • Images and User levels
      • Training
      • Maintenance Activity
    • 14. BLOG CONTENT
      • What to blog about? Some examples are:
        • New services
        • New material
        • Activities at/or associated with your library
        • News items related to your library
      • Be informative and have fun
    • 15. BLOG TAGS
      • What are they and why use them?
      • Standardization of tag names? Examples:
        • New books
        • Databases
        • Genealogy
        • All
      • Academic libraries – FERPA
      • Public libraries – Patron records
      • How are users going to comment?
        • Use of real names or anonymous postings?
        • Are you going to monitor comments?
        • Are you going to require a log in for comments?
    • 17. RSS FEEDS – USE THEM!
      • What kind?
        • RSS 1
        • RSS 2
        • Atom
      • Make sure your RSS feed sends complete text
      • Free blogging services
        • FeedBurner
      • Fee services and self hosting
        • Built in RSS feed tracking
        • Monitor hits on web page
      • For both – use the comments left by users
      • Are you going to assess anonymous posts?
    • 19. 12 Important US Laws Every Blogger Needs to Know
      • Disclose paid posts
      • Deep linking
      • Images and thumbnails
      • Copyright laws
      • Domain name trademark
      • Private data about your readers
      • From: DirectoryAviva
      • Who owns user developed content - can you delete it?
      • Monitor blog comments and liability
      • Tax laws if you use your blog for revenue
      • Limited liability laws
      • Spam laws
      • Journalism shield laws
    • 20. TIME TO PLAY
      • Compare Blog Features: Weblog Matrix
      • Wordpress:
    • 22. Blog Hosting Options: Free web-based engines
      • Examples
        • Wordpress
        • Blogger https:// /start
        • Livejournal http://
      • Advantages
        • Free
        • All basic features available
        • Minimal technical expertise required
        • No maintenance required
    • 23. Blog Hosting Options: Free web-based engines
      • Disadvantages/Limitations
        • Strange domain name (all accounts appended with
        • Limited control and functionality
        • No file editing except for CSS styles
        • Limited number of themes (can only use preinstalled)
        • Limited space (more space available at additional cost)
        • No plug-ins
        • Possible disruptions during upgrades/moves/buyouts
    • 24. Beyond Free Hosting Options: Outside Paid | Local Server
      • Requirements
        • Webserver (webspace)
        • Serverside software (php, MySQL)
        • Basic technical knowledge
    • 25. Beyond Free Hosting Options: Outside Paid | Local Server
      • Disadvantages
        • Costs (dreamhost is about $10/mo)
        • Technical expertise
        • Software upgrades
    • 26. Beyond Free Hosting Options: Outside Paid | Local Server
      • Advantages
        • More control and flexibility
        • Your own domain name (school/institution domain)
        • No risk of being closed down
    • 27. Beyond Free Hosting Options: Outside Paid | Local Server
      • Demo (hosting on dreamhost)
        • Dreamhost (paid account http:// )
        • Dreamhost management panel ( https:// / )
    • 28. Beyond Free Hosting Options: Outside Paid | Local Server
      • Demo (hosting on dreamhost)
        • Download files ( http:// /download/ )
        • Unzip files (winzip)
        • Create MySQL database (dreamhost panel)
        • Verify database in phpMyAdmin
        • Modify wp_config.php file
        • Upload files to the server (FTP client)
        • Run /wp-admin/install.php script
        • Your blog is ready to go!
    • 29. Beyond Free Hosting Options: Outside Paid | Local Server
      • Demo (hosting on dreamhost)
      • New theme installation:
        • Download files http:// (3cProfessional)
        • Unzip files
        • Upload files to the server (wp-content/themes)
        • Enable new theme
        • Display author’s name
    • 30. Beyond Free Hosting Options: Outside Paid | Local Server
      • Demo (hosting on dreamhost)
      • Wordpress Documentation
        • Installation -
        • Upgrading - http://
    • 31. WRAP UP: Tips for Success
      • Buy-in from colleagues
      • Levels of participation
      • Policies:
        • Comments (none, registered, anonymous)
      • Policy/Style Guide
        • Content
        • Who will monitor?
      • Staff training
    • 32. BREAK (and the lucky winner is…)
    • 33. WIKIS
      • Collaboration
        • Cannell Library Internal Documentation
      • Classroom
        • (free wiki host)
      • Information
        • PCC Procedures & Guidelines
      • Collaborative/Projects
        • i-smart (premium “gold” wiki)
    • 35. WIKIS: “Best Practices”
      • Wiki Works: Using Wikis in Libraries
      • Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki
        • About Library Success
        • … from Wikimania 2007
      • LIS Wiki
      • Let 100 Wikis Bloom?
      • Following pages:
        • Typical functions shown with arrows
        • Typical formatting features
        • Funny wiki syntax or WYSIWYG?
      • Your Subtopics Go Here
      Sample page from DOKUWIKI
    • 38. Sample page from DOKUWIKI
    • 39. Sample page from DOKUWIKI (“funny” syntax)
    • 40. Sample page from PBWIKI (WYSIWYG)
    • 41. Sample page from “funny” syntax
    • 42. A Wiki of Your Own?
      • Who will host your wiki?
        • Comparison of Wiki Farms
        • Wiki Science: How to Start a Wiki
        • Wikimatrix
    • 43. Time to Play!
      • Using Style Guides, but…
      • Letting go control?
        • http:// (premium)
        • Acceptable use policy: aup
        • Public or private?
      • Backing up!
      • Keeping vigil
    • 45. Beyond Free Hosting Options: Outside Paid | Local Server
      • Requirements
        • Similar to Blogs
      • Advantages
        • Similar to Blogs
      • Disadvantages
        • Similar to Blogs
    • 46. Beyond Free Hosting Options: Outside Paid | Local Server
      • Demo (hosting on dreamhost)
        • Dokuwiki ( http:// )
        • Download files ( http:// )
        • Unzip files
        • Create new location/folder on the server
        • Upload files to the server (FTP client)
        • Run install.php script
        • While at install.php select private/closed mode
        • Disable anonymous registration (modify local.php file)
        • Delete install.php file
        • Your wiki system is ready to go!
        • Documentation available ( )
    • 47. BEYOND?
      • What’s next?
        • Blog + Wiki = Bliki ?
      • What will you take back?
        • Visit Cannell Library: The Blog and let us know.
    • 48. Thank You!
      • PowerPoint slides, links to websites, and handouts are available at:
      • http://