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Re: Use of WIKIs by Libraries Martha Coleman 16 Aug 2004 21:48 UTC

We use TWiki on our campus.  Our campus webmaster has trained
individuals in each area of the college to keep their own web pages up
to date, add new pages, delete pages, etc.  We don't control the "look"
of the campus web site; that is determined by a web committee.  We just
operate within the format: left navigation bar, college header,
standardized appearance of images/pictures, font, colors and so on.

Three of us were trained in the library but I don't think the other 2
folks are using it.  Here is a link to our library pages:

I'm not sure if this is what you needed; we don't do anything
innovative with it in the library other than create and edit our web

By the way, I forwarded the Mattison article to our webmaster and he
was very appreciative.  Thanks.

Gerry Mckiernan wrote:

>_Use of WIKIs by Libraries_
>I am greatly interested in the Use of WIKIs by Libraries for Any and
>All public or internal library services  (e.g., public services,
>technical services, administrative services, collection development,
>instruction, etc.).
>As defined by the Wikipedia (, a
>WIKI is defined as:
>"A wiki (pronounced "wicky" or "weeky") is a website (or other
>hypertext document collection) that gives users the ability to add
>content, as on an Internet forum, but also allows that content to be
>edited by other users.
>The term can also refer to the collaborative software used to create
>such a website.
>Wiki (with a capital 'W') and WikiWikiWeb are sometimes used to refer
>to the Portland Pattern Repository, the first ever wiki. Proponents of
>this usage suggest using a lower-case 'w' to distinguish the generic
>terms discussed here. Wiki wiki comes from the Hawaiian term for
>'quick' or 'super-fast'"
>BTW: The Wikipedia is itself an outstanding example of a WIKI!
>Gerry McKiernan
>Super-Fast Librarian
>Iowa State University
>Ames IA 50011

Martha Coleman
Reference/Serials Librarian
University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
Boreham Library
5210 Grand Avenue   PO Box 3649
Fort Smith,  AR  72913
479-788-7208     FAX 479-788-7209