book earrings – how to

“Oh Jessamyn, you are such a fashion plate, I am sure you must know how to make some of those styling book earrings that every hip librarian is wearing lately, don’t you?”
“Well no, but a wiki can show you how.”

the most unusual books of the world

In wiki format: update: there was a gross image on the top of that page for a while which is the way of wikis sometimes. Someone alerted me to it (and here via comments) and said I should remove my link. Instead, I went in and cleaned up the wiki which has better long-term and wide-reaching results. Sorry folks, especially if this was your first goatse (safe link, I swear it!).[slowreading]

ALA Conference Wiki collecting ALA2006 stories

The conference wiki has a good round-up of people’s New Orleans reports, both bloggish and more wrap-up type stuff. If you have a conference story, please add a link on the Stories, Reports page. [thanks rick]

the transparencies of wikis

Wikis are great because you can see how people’s presentations of ideas shift and change. The ground rules page of the ALA wiki is fascinating. Watch the tone change from this version, to this version, to the current version. I swear you can watch learning happening.

ala official conference wiki, yes you heard me

In the credit where credit is due department. Meredith Farkas informs us that ALA is taking some ownership and offering some branding (and I’m not sure what else, clearly not server space) to the ALA Conference wiki which has become a regularly anticipated conference supplement, terrifically helpful to those of us who like informal recommendations about the area we’re visiting. I printed out many pages of restaurant suggestions when I was in San Antonio and they were really helpful. [thanks walt]

ALA San Antonio Wiki from Radical Reference

Going to ALA in San Antonio? Want to pick up on some good first-person information and advice? Check out the Radical Reference project: The Alternative Travel Guide to San Antonio and help out if you have something to share.

who owns the review I gave to worldcat?

With OCLCs reader review capability, who will own the data? Asked and [sort orf] answered on the Web4Lib list.

worldcat wiki where?

I added a review to a book in Open WorldCat after reading about this functionality in Catalogablog. I’m not certain how having a “post a review” feature or any user posting rights makes this a wiki. Maybe once my comment is approved on this post [if you see it, it's been approved] I’ll know more. I think these features are great, don’t get me wrong, but a wiki is something pretty specific and at first and second glance, this is not in any way a wiki.

wiki from the inside, the first 30 days of LISWiki

LISWiki, the first 30 days, an essay on Ex Libris written by John Hubbard.

o here’s my sales pitch that I’d like to close with: if you’ve ever had a thought about libraries and librarianship that you wish to share, don’t keep it a secret! I don’t care if it’s some incredibly insightful revelation, making mundane clarifications about library terms, adding in-depth analysis on a library issue, or just copy editing my sloppy prose.

It’s understandably alarming to surrender your work to public editing, but Wikipedia demonstrates that such sharing can be highly effective; a community-built knowledge base has the capacity for far greater scholarly achievement than the sum of its individual contributions. Since our profession is built around facilitating access to information, we owe it to ourselves and to our successors to freely contribute to an open community encyclopedia of library-related knowledge.

while we’re on the subject of success

I’ve been enjoying watching the Library Success wiki grow. Now IFLA has a database of library success stories available to the public. It’s still getting started and some of the documents don’t seem to be quite web-ready [i.e. links aren't hyperlinked, lists aren't in list format] but it’s great to see people focussing on our successes instead of just our fears and our weaknesses. [thanks eoin]