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This is the poster I presented at the annual BOBCATSSS conference in Porto, Portugal in January 2009.

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  1. 1. CURRENT WIKI USE IN LIBRARIES <ul><li>In-house for staff, usually password-protected </li></ul><ul><li>Focused on professional development & sharing resources </li></ul><ul><li>Does not generally involve patrons, though it’s meant to enhance service </li></ul><ul><li>Below are examples of how school libraries in the U.S. use wikis with patrons </li></ul><ul><li>School library wiki examples can be applied to all types of libraries </li></ul><ul><li>BENEFITS OF USING WIKIS WITH PATRONS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Allows patrons to add resources, which enhances the knowledge base </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides global access to content, thereby serving more than the immediate community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Enables patrons to discuss books and media with others </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encourages participation in library activities and presence on the web </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creates a collaborative learning environment, in which patrons feel connected to their library </li></ul></ul>Wikis Connect the World Library 2.0 Technology to Overcome Physical Barriers Natalie Sapkarov [email_address] Graduate School of Library and Information Science University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign United States of America FOCUS ON LIBRARY 2.0 – GET PATRONS INVOLVED! RESEARCH/SUBJECT GUIDE WIKIS READER’S ADVISORY WIKIS READING PROMOTION WIKIS LIBRARY WEBSITES AS WIKIS <ul><li>Compose genre guides of popular fiction and nonfiction for patron population </li></ul><ul><li>Provide links to booklists and bibliographies </li></ul><ul><li>Example (to right): University Laboratory High School in Urbana, IL has a Recommended Reads wiki with genre lists, links to booklists, and spaces for students to add their own favorites. </li></ul><ul><li>Create research/subject guides based on patron needs and interests </li></ul><ul><ul><li>School libraries: Curriculum-based, specific to an assignment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public libraries: Local history, frequently-used resources, “new to town” guide, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic libraries: Common research questions and topics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Example (to left): Westmont Junior High School in Westmont, IL has a wiki devoted to providing resources to teachers, students, and parents on a variety of topics. </li></ul><ul><li>Provide links to review sites, author blogs, local bookstores, e-book resources, local book clubs, local and national reading initiatives, book discussion forums, book-related media, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Example (to right): Joyce Valenza of Springfield Township High School in Erdenheim, PA has a Book Leads wiki aimed at teens to engage them in all types of reading and reading-related activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Migrate static webpages to a wiki instead </li></ul><ul><li>Able to set permissions for which pages can be edited by the public </li></ul><ul><li>Example (to left): Monarch Academy Library in Oakland, CA uses a wiki instead of a website to promote their library, services, and materials. This K-5 school has limited content that can be edited by students, but allows teachers to participate. </li></ul>