Thursday, 21 June 2007

Wiki in the Library!

I'm very excited at the moment because we're using a wiki as part of our LMS training project! Only been going for a week or so but most people have edited it now and it has been a very useful way of sharing ideas. At the moment it is more a collection of conversations than an interactive wiki but it has been interesting to see how people use it and what their first steps are. It also saves me sending out an email with attachment every time I edit the training documents, instead I can upload the updated file to the wiki and everyone knows that the version on the wiki is the most up to date version. Final versions can go on the intranet as usual but this way I can make drafts easily available for comment. It's a useful way to try out a wiki because it is a short term project with a small group of people involved. Hopefully I will be posting more on this over the next couple of months looking at how we use it and what the pros and cons turn out to be.


Katharine said...

This is a really good idea - I might steal it if you dont mind and see if thee is anything we can use it for at Warwick.
I'll be interested to see how it develops. Is it only viewable to your staff or is it on the open web?

swashford said...

Thanks - I was really surprised when our librarian said the word wiki and encouraged me to do this. I've been pleasantly surprised by the fact that people are actually using it. At the moment we are planning our training days and we've commented and changed the draft timetable, discussed some issues with membership categories and I've uploaded some of the training documents for comments.

I did spend quite a bit of time setting up some pages with simple instructions on them and we're encouraging people to use the blog by emailing the group when a new topic is added.

I've had to make it a private blog to avoid problems with confidentiality and the PR department but if you would like a look at some point I'll have a chat with colleagues and see if they agree.

Karen Blakeman said...

Hi Sarah,

Which wiki service/software are you using and is it hosted on your own servers or on a wiki 'farm'?

I'd be interested to hear how it progresses.


swashford said...

Hi Karen
At the moment the wiki is on PB Wiki as I had already experimented with it and the WYSIWYG editor makes it easy for people to use.

If the wiki is a successful project and we decide to use wikis in future I think we would need to look at hosting options etc as there are limitations and concerns with a 'farm', especially a free one!

Will certainly keep the blog updated.

My Blogroll