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Using wikis in library liaison work: overview & trends


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Gives introduction to wikis and overview of their application to library liaison work within medical settings.

Gives introduction to wikis and overview of their application to library liaison work within medical settings.

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  • Thanks Michelle, Now that we’ve explored the applications of blogs to liaison work, I’d like to talk a little about wikis, and how you can utilize this tool in developing, marketing and serving your liaison program constituents
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    • 1. WIKIS
    • 2. Wikipedian Protester From Randall Munroe’s XKCD: a webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math and language
    • 3. Question: Wikis
      • Have you heard of wikis ?
      • A. Yes
      • B. No
      ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology 2007 indicates 41% of undergraduate students use wikis at least once a week. A majority of the class had heard of wikis.
    • 4. Question: Wikis
      • Is your library using a wiki?
      • A. Yes
      • B. No
      • C. We plan to
      • D. Don't know
      A survey of Medical Library Assoc. members showed 66% think wikis are important tools for professional work, but only 21% reported wikis important tools in their personal life. A little over half of the class were using wikis at their library.
    • 5. What is a Wiki?
      •  “ Software that allows users to collaboratively create, edit, link, and organize the content of a website, usually for reference material"
            • Wikipedia .org
      • “ A tool that easily facilitates online collaboration and communication“
            • Mary Carmen Chimato in the book Medical Librarian 2.0 (2006)
      • “ The simplest online database that could possibly work"
          • Ward Cunningham, creator of the original wiki
    • 6. Wiki History
      • “Wiki” – Adopted from the Hawaiian word wiki-wiki, meaning ‘quick’
      • 1995 – Ward Cunningham creates the first wiki
      • January 15 th , 2001 – Wikipedia hits the web
      • Since 2002 – use of wikis has grown exponentially
    • 7. A Typical Wikipedia Page
    • 8. Defining Features
      • Virtual - Information is stored and edited online
      • Open editing - Pages can be freely written or edited by anyone in real-time (or limited to specific users)
      • Categories / ‘wiki words’ – Used to reference & link pages within the wiki
      • Wiki editor – simplified hypertext mark-up language (HTML) used to create & edit pages (or WYSIWYG editor)
      • Page History – Previous versions of pages are saved & available to view
      • Discussion area – users can add comments when editing content
    • 9. Defining Features - Main page Category Discussion, Edit, History Article Discussion, edit, & history tabs Article Category
    • 10. Defining Features - Wiki Editor Wiki Editor Discussion, edit, & history tabs Article Category
    • 11. Defining Features - Page History Discussion, edit, & history tabs Article Category Page History view
    • 12. Defining Features - Discussion WikiProject Medicine : ‘wikiproject’ to cooperate, organize, make suggestions and share ideas on the improvement of the medicine and health-related articles of Wikipedia. Discussion, edit, & history tabs Article Category Discussion Page
    • 13. The Good, the Bad, and the Wiki
      • GOOD
      • Record quick ideas (or longer ones) – more time for formal writing & editing
      • Collaborate instantly
      • Access from anywhere
      • Archive your revisions
      • Empowers and excites users
      • BAD
      • Public - “Dirty laundry isn’t a good public face”
      • Messy – potential ‘idea soup’
      • Requires monitoring - “Troll patrol“
      • Learning curve
      • Maintenance – set up, back up, etc
    • 14. Applying Wikis to Liaison Work: Examples
      • Project management
      • Internal knowledge base
      • Resource guides
      • Online book/journal club
      • Curriculum support
    • 15. Project Management
      • Develop library liaison program with a wiki
      • Collaborate faster
      • Stay updated
      • Content clearinghouse
      Library Move Planning Wiki Pickens Library: UT MD Anderson Center http:// /
    • 16. Internal Knowledge Base
      • Repository for policies, procedures, organizational goals, & other pertinent info
      • Intranet resource (not public)
      • Interdepartmental communication & collaboration
      • Good for larger libraries
      UBC HealthLib-Wiki University of British Columbia: Biomedical Branch Library http:// / Wiki is members only
    • 17. Resource Guide
      • Compared to a static webpage Resource Guide, a wiki is…
        • “ Semi-public”
        • Searchable
        • Easier navigation
        • Faster to update
      Biz Wiki Ohio University Libraries
    • 18. Online Book or Journal Club
      • Add an online dimension to already existing program
      • Outreach to remote populations
      • Save time
      • Trend in medical schools
      Johns Hopkins University Wiki component to journal club http:// /
    • 19. Curriculum Support
      • Supplement face-to- face classes
      • Encourage participation & discussion
      • Track development and changes
      Family Medicine Residency Wiki University of Pennsylvania http:// /
    • 20. Wiki Software
      • MediaWiki – Wikipedia’s platform
      • Wetpaint – SNSCE, free, ads
      • PBwiki - educational focus, no ads, free
      • Discover more wiki resources
        • Wikipedia list of wiki software
        • Wikimatrix – compare wiki engines
        • WikiWikiWeb Wiki Engine page & Top 10 list
    • 21. Tips for Wikis in Liaison Work
      • Clearly define your wiki’s purpose
      • Identify your users
      • Consider your institutional support
      • Implement training
      • Market your wiki
    • 22. Question: Wikis
      • What is your favorite application of a wiki within a liaison program?
      • Internal knowledgebase/repository
      • Online version of a book or journal club
      • Resource Guide
      • Project Management
      • Curriculum support
      • Wouldn't use
      • Don't know
      The majority of class participants indicated they find wikis useful for Resource Guides.
    • 23. Thank you! Maureen “Molly” Knapp, MA, AHIP [email_address] . edu Twiki, from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century . ‘Twiki’ is also the name of open source wiki software for business enterprises.