Tuesday, November 15, 2005

Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki

Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki. I have discovered yet another library wiki. This one was started in the summer by Meredith Farkas who is a librarian in Vermont.

Here is the mission statement from the site, "This wiki was created to be a one-stop-shop for great ideas for all types of librarians. All over the world, librarians are developing successful programs and doing innovative things with technology that no one outside of their library knows about. There are lots of great blogs out there sharing information about the profession, but there is no one place where all of this information is collected and organized. If you've done something at your library that you consider a success, please write about it in the wiki or provide a link to outside coverage. If you have materials that would be helpful to other librarians, add them to the wiki. And if you know of a librarian or a library that is doing something great, feel free to include information about it or links to it. Basically, if you know of anything that might be useful to other librarians (including useful websites), this is the place to put it. I hope this wiki will be a venue where people can share ideas with one another and where librarians can learn to replicate the successes of other libraries. "

There is good content here already. There are also sparse pages like the information literacy article which has some links but the sections titled success stories and tips for teaching are still blank. (I know, I can always add some content myself...)

I am also not fond of the Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/) Creative Commons License being used at the site. Does this mean I can not copy content and have Google Adsense on the page? I already violated that by cutting and pasting above. I'll call it fair use. I much prefer the Wikipedia license which allows for commercial use and allows authors to create derivative works.

Except for the license issue, I like this site and I hope it is successful.

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