Tuesday, September 28, 2004


At last, at Library Stuff, I've heard a good use for a Wiki on a library site. Pathfinders, or finding aids could benefit from corrections, annotations and additions from the public. This makes sense. Local experts or fans of a topic could very well have useful knowledge and the desire to share that information. Users might discover broken links or newer editions and wish to save others from the pain they experienced.

Until now I thought Wikis only had a place in the back office. They make perfect sense for new employee orientation material. As employees are hired they can add materials that would have helped them understand things better. In the cataloging department a Wiki is a good tool to record local cataloging decisions. Not being a reference librarian, I had not thought they could be used for the pathfinders, another valid use.

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