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.