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Wikis for Internal Communication

presentation at Texas Librar Association District 8 Fall Conference, October 17, 2009, Sugar Land, TX

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Its Wikiriffic

  1. 1. It’s Wikiriffic: Wikis for Internal Communication Wikis are the online equivalent of a bulletin board or a ring binder—easy to use and to update by many contributors—and hyperlinked. In this hands-on workshop, you'll learn how to set up a basic wiki page to share useful information with your colleagues. Karen Luik [email_address] TLA District 8 Fall Meeting University of Houston at Sugar Land October 17, 2009
  2. 2. Wikis for Internal Communication <ul><li>Customer Service </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Compile community information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>FAQs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Professional Development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Training & conference calendars </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Procedures </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Program Coordination </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Share information </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Why Wikis? <ul><li>Easy to access </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Via Internet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Via internal network </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Easy to collaborate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Accessible to multiple authors </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Easy to Update </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Changes uploaded immediately </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Edits can traced to author </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Why Wikis? <ul><li>Common Craft </li></ul><ul><li>Wikis in Plain English </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  5. 5. Some Sample Wikis <ul><li>Houston Public Library internal wiki (TWiki) </li></ul><ul><li>special resource pages: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Tax Help </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Back to School Shots </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Some Sample Wikis <ul><li>Houston Public Library internal wiki (TWiki) </li></ul><ul><li>Professional development resources & information </li></ul><ul><li>Program Coordination </li></ul><ul><ul><li>HPL Book Clubs </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Some Sample Wikis <ul><li>ALA Veteran’s Information @ your Library </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>LoudounPedia </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Moved to </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Some Sample Wikis <ul><li>Jenny Levine, aka The Shifted Librarian </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki - </li></ul><ul><li>Blog - </li></ul>
  9. 9. Why Wikis? <ul><li>“ Think of a wiki as a natural extension to the blogging concept, a classification-centric medium which allows for a freedom of content manipulation across a community of users that can’t be found in any other comparable technology. By engendering enthusiasm and commitment from every user, the wiki can become the perfect tool for the evolution of ideas.” </li></ul><ul><li>Davey Winder, cited in Library Stuff , “Wikis Inciting Collaboration,” by Steven m. Cohen, 12/23/07. </li></ul>
  10. 10. How to Create a Wiki <ul><li>Go to PB Works: http:// / . </li></ul><ul><li>Set up a free account. </li></ul><ul><li>Online Help </li></ul><ul><li>PB Works User Manual: http:// / . </li></ul><ul><li>Organize Your Wiki: http:// /Organizing-Your-Workspace . </li></ul><ul><li>Editing tips: . </li></ul><ul><li>Free webinar: &quot;PBworks 101: Your Guide to the Basics,“ 1 st Wednesday of the month, 1pm EST. sign up at http:// /content/webinars . </li></ul>
  11. 11. Let’s Practice <ul><li>Go to:'s-Practice </li></ul><ul><li>Pick a topic: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Development page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tax Help page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Book clubs/program page </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>District 8 Conference page </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Set up a main (“front”) page and 1 or 2 linked pages. </li></ul><ul><li>Add some Internet links, tables, pictures or other enhancements. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Let’s Practice <ul><li>When you’re finished: </li></ul><ul><li>In your PBWorks account, go to Settings> Access Controls> Workplace Security> Who can view this workspace? </li></ul><ul><li>Select “Anyone” or “Only people I invite or approve” and add their email addresses and permission level. </li></ul><ul><li>View each other’s wiki pages. </li></ul>
  13. 13. PB Works Online Help <ul><li>PB Works User Manual: http:// / . </li></ul><ul><li>Organize Your Wiki: http:// /Organizing-Your-Workspace . </li></ul><ul><li>Editing tips: http:// /Editing . </li></ul><ul><li>Free webinar, PBworks 101: Your Guide to the Basics , 1 st Wednesday of the month, 1pm EST. Sign up at: http:// /content/webinars . </li></ul>
  14. 14. Congratulations! <ul><li>You’ve created a wiki! </li></ul><ul><li>Please share your wiki projects and your ideas for collaborative community projects with me. </li></ul><ul><li>Karen Luik </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] I </li></ul>