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.

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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
  • Using wikis in library liaison work: overview & trends

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