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who owns the review I gave to worldcat?
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]