Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Library 23 Things #16 - Wikis

Really, Really enjoyed exploring all the library wikis, expecially the one featuring 2005 ALA Conference in Chicago initiated by librarian Meredith Farkas. She has written a book entitled "Social Software in Libraries" that I want to read. Particularly liked that "Every Child Ready to Read" was included for librarians to share info or links. I actually signed up on the Library Success: A Best practices wiki for librarians to share their best practies. The Bull Run Library Wikki in Virginia had a great Spanish for Staff site and their page could also be viewed in German. Liked their Gnooks Gnod tool to find and discuss music, books, and movies. Wowbrary for free alerts by email or feeds was spam free and useful for reserving best sellers. They had great subject guide info on special needs, family history, geneology, & even finding birth parents. The Book Lovers Wiki developed by the Princeton Public Library had cool info about their Summer Reading Club for Adults with a Library Lounge Blog for discussion purposes. Their list of Awards was impressive as was their Religious Book Subject Search and all could be switched to be read "En Espanol". Only thing I couldn't access were the Flickr shared photos which our system filter doesn't allow. Usually stick to Google for exploring but the Wikis certainly opened up several new avenues to explore. libraryin

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