Meredith’s cybertour on wikis was just what the doctor ordered. Meredith covered the basics of wikis in a short period of time, including various uses of wikis and the multiple software options. Her slides area available here, and if you’re looking for more, take a look at an earlier presentation that she gave for OPAL.
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As I mentioned during my presentation this morning, our library completing our website overhaul this week. The change happened this evening some time, and it appears that the Biz Wiki is temporarily out of commission. So, if you’re trying to get to the Biz Wiki, you may get a message that says, ” Sorry for the inconvenience, the page http://www.library.ohiou.edu/subjects/bizwiki was not found. Due to revisions of our web site the page may have moved or renamed.”
I’ll look into this further in the morning, but in the meantime, you can get to the Biz Wiki via the IP address of the old library server by following this link. I may have to work off of the old server if things don’t get fixed by tomorrow afternoon.
I attended Meredith’s Wiki World presentation yesterday, and I must say that it was a good show indeed. She presented information very clearly, and I am sure that all of the 120 attendees learned a great deal about the topic. I wouldn’t be surprised if many of the attendees downloaded wiki software immediately following the presentation, or quickly ran to their systems folks shouting, “We have got to do this!” Meredith did a great job of explaining the ins and outs of wikis, and she was quite the evangelist for using wikis in a number of library settings.
For those that missed the OPAL presentation, Meredith’s notes can be found on the LibSuccess wiki, and the Playback from the presentation can be found in the OPAL archives.
You want to know about wikis? Hear it from the Wiki Woman herself, Meredith Farkas in this OPAL event:
Thursday, January 12, 2006 beginning at 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, 2:00 Central, 1:00 Mountain, noon Pacific, and 8:00 p.m. GMT:
Wiki World: An Introduction
Wikis are democratizing the World Wide Web in a way that no other Web application has. A wiki allows a group of people to collaboratively develop website with no knowledge of HTML or other markup languages. Any member of the wiki community can add to or edit anyone else’s content, which is what makes Wikis so revolutionary and so controversial. Wikis are being used by librarians as knowledge repositories, subject guides, conference planning vehicles, and Intranets, but they could be used in any situation where quick and easy online collaboration is a goal. This session will explain what wikis are, how they could be used in libraries, and what to consider before creating one of your own. Presented by Meredith Farkas, Distance Learning Librarian at the Kreitzberg Library atNorwich University in Vermont. Meredith is the author of the blog Information Wants To Be Free and the creator and administrator of the ALA Chicago 2005 Wiki and Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki. Sponsored by the Mid-Illinois Talking Book Center.
This OPAL event will be held in the Auditorium.
I got many of my ideas about the Biz Wiki by reading Meredith’s blog. She’s full of knowledge and loves to share, so if this topic is of interest to you, join the free presentation. I wouldn’t miss it for the world.
Michael blogs about SJCPL’s new wiki:
Our Reference Librarians and Web Developer are hard at work on this new project! And let me be the first to say they are making great strides to move SJCPL toward Library 2.0! What you’ll find is librarian created subject pages in the grand tradition of Kansas City PL via a Mediawiki installation. All of the staff have been trained and are creating pages in their areas of interest and expertise.
Cruise on over and take a look at the wiki. I know I’ll be keeping an eye out for what they are doing. Thus far, it looks to be a really great use for a wiki, and they’ve got quite a few users adding content.