Sunday, June 29, 2008

What's in a Wiki?

Well, what I found out is that a wiki allows anyone (not really anyone, some have restrictions) to add to, edit, or delete content of the wiki easily. This sounds good, but can lead to problems. I think that is why a few of the wikis I explored required you to be registered and give your e-mail address. If people are responsible users, they can be a good source of information, but not everything on a wiki will be accurate. Just because it's on the internet doesn't make it true! Applications I think would work well for libraries are: readers advisory, calendar of local events, library policy suggestions, and collection suggestions. Wiki, its as easy as "edit" and "save", and with the Universal Edit Button, you can quickly identify sites that can be edited.

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