Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Reluctant Wiki-er, Thing #16

Well, I am sure you could tell a few posts ago that I wasn't too thrilled about the whole wiki thing. I mean, we have discussion boards and we have other collaborative web things, and I just figured that a wiki would be more of the same: clunky to use, challenging to keep up, short-lived novelty, etc.

I'm starting to think maybe I was wrong! I know, I know, it seems impossible (hmm, I guess you're all thinking that what is impossible is that I'll actually admit I'm wrong - me being wrong is fairly normal?) I finally had time to watch the little vid clips that the L&P team provide on their blog, and I think they might be right - Wikis are cool!

What I'm thinking about wikis:
  • Someone on my branch staff had suggested a month ago that we should start a local history blog for the Linden Community. I'm thinking, now, that a wiki would be more functional and use-able. It would be great to get local folks contributing as well as library staff. I'd love to make/post some video footage of interviews with community elders!
  • A Wiki would make it much easier to handle things like the Ready to Read Ambassador organization. We just need to figure out how to make/use a calendar in it.
  • Sharepoint kind of sucks (I've always found it clunky), and a wiki would be easier to keep up with.
  • I'm still convinced that a wiki is only as valuable and as strong as the people involved in it's writing.


Gerald Schwab said...

Wikis have there place, you're right.

Sharepoint isn't my favorite either. Too many downloads/uploads required but I like the announcement feature.

Wikis ARE as strong as the writers. Perfectly said!

Jim Brochowski said...

You make a great point. For many things you only get out of it what you put into it. Sadly, I think we see this a lot at the library every day.