Posted on October 22, 2008 by Denise
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Emily Belanger & Sarah Feldman
Presentation will be posted on NELA website.
A wiki is a collection of web pages that be edited by anyone with administrative permission. They promote collaboration and communication and are most popular and successful when used for project communication and documentation. There is a trend toward replacing static web sites with wikis.
Edits are instant and use plain text instead of complicated programming language. If you can write an email you can edit a wiki.
If considering using a wiki it is best to buy wiki software; it’s relatively inexpensive. Look at www.wikimatrix.org for software suggestions.
A wiki offers only very basic text, ie, italics, bold, different sized fonts, and color. It will not support fancy graphics like a website does. The focus of a wiki is on content, not looks.
Zoho Creator is a custom database creation tool. Like a wiki, it is a shared space for data, all staff can contribute and view. There is a low learning curve, and low (free) cost.
It is especially useful for keeping reference statistics.
The address is www.Zoho.com.
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Posted on October 14, 2007 by susanmello
Speaker- Deanna Gouzie youth services librarian at Baxter Memorial Library in Me.
MySpace for your library
A librarian may encounter resistance in setting up MySpace for their libraries
- As librarians we need to model positive use of MySpace
- Children have ways to circumvent filters to get to these social networking pages
- Teens will look at library MySpace as opposed to a library website
Developmental assets – What teens needs to become functioning adults
- Teens learn to communicate with peers, authors, and even politicians
- They learn the correct boundaries
Theresa Maturevich – Beverly Public Library in Ma.
Some uses for blogs in a library setting
- Readers advisory – book reviews, recommendations, summer reading lists
- Upcoming events- programing, pictures,
- Movie and music reviews
- News about library renovations
- Subject specific blogs – most blogs are searchable by their tags
- Communication between librarians
- To host an entire library website…No HTML needed…
- Can place a link to your blog directly to the library website
Setting up a Blog
- easy to set one up – go to blogger.com or www.wordpress.com
- make a user name and password
- decide the purpose of you blog
- then just start typing
- You can add categories that allow others to search your blog
- you can easily link words to any other webpage
Wiki – an editable webpage – that anyone can edit (but this can be controlled)
- Also easy to set up
- Can become very unorganized if pages are not thought out and set up initially
- Can be private of public – can be just for staff
- Password can help control those who may edit
- Files or pictures can easily be attached
- Can link to URL or other websites
- Can use templates or just be a blank page
Many can be started for free. Of course, you get more bells and whistles when you pay. The good thing is that you can begin with a free site and upgrade when you feel the need.
Why create a blog or wiki instead of just a website?
- There is more flexibility
- Can easily allow the input of others
- Can get immediate feedback from your readers
- Cost…this type of communication can be started without cost…just the time involved
- Anyone can write in this format…
- Can be edited from anywhere that has a internet connection
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