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Welcome to LibraryWikis!


LibraryWikis is a wiki about wikis used in libraries. It is a place for learning about and sharing examples of library wikis. The wiki is a companion to a research article published within the September 2007 issue of Information Technology and Libraries. The author of the wiki is Matthew Bejune, Assistant Professor of Library Science, Purdue University Libraries, and Doctoral student at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He can be reached at mbejune@purdue.edu.


Members of the library community are invited to contribute to this wiki by editing or creating new pages. To do so, click Edit Page or Create a New Page. You will be asked for a password which is LWcontrib and your name and email address.


About the Article


Citation: Bejune, Matthew M. (2007). Wikis in Libraries. Information Technology and Libraries, 26(3), 27-39.


Wikis have recently been adopted to support a variety of collaborative activities within libraries. The article and the companion wiki, LibraryWikis (http://librarywikis.pbwiki.com), seeks to document the phenomenon of wikis in libraries. This subject is considered within the framework of computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW). The author identified thirty-three library wikis and developed a classification schema with four categories:


  1. Collaboration between Libraries (45.7 percent); 
  2. Collaboration between Library staff (31.4 percent); 
  3. Collaboration between Library Staff and Patrons (14.3 percent); 
  4. Collaboration between Patrons (8.6 percent).


Examples of library wikis are presented within the article, as is a discussion for why wikis are primarily utilized within categories I and II and not within categories III and IV. It is clear that wikis have great utility within libraries, and the author urges further application of wikis in libraries.


Wiki Examples in each Category


Here are links leading to examples of wikis in each of the four categories. If you know of other library wikis not listed here, add them to one of the categories. To do, click Edit Page. You will be asked for a password which is: LWcontrib.


  1. Collaboration between Libraries
  2. Collaboration between Library Staff
  3. Collaboration between Library Staff and Patrons
  4. Collaboration between Patrons


Presentation at 2007 ALA Annual, Washington D.C.


I made a presentation about Wikis in Libraries at the RUSA MARS President's program, ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. on June 24, 2007.  Here are my slides:




ARL SPEC Kit on Social Software in Libraries


Jana Ronan, University of Florida, and I are working on an upcoming ARL SPEC Kit that focuses on the use of social software in libraries.  We surveyed ARL libraries on their use of ten types of social software:

  1. social networking sites like MySpace, and Facebook;
  2. media sharing sites like YouTube, and Flickr;
  3. social bookmarking or social tagging sites like de.li.cio.us and LibraryThing;
  4. wikis like Wikipedia, and the Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki;
  5. blogs like LiveJournal, and Blogger;
  6. sites that use RSS (Really Simple Syndication) to syndicate and broadcast content including Web pages, blogs, podcasts, and Twitter;
  7. instant messenger services like AOL Instant Messenger, and Meebo;
  8. VOIP (Voice Over Internet Protocol) services like Google Talk, and Skype;
  9. virtual worlds like Second Life, and World of Warcraft; and
  10. widgets that can be embedded in other applications like MeeboMe, and Plugoo.


It is expected that this research will further the understanding of how wikis are being used in libraries.  It is also expected that this study will extend the four part schema from above (1. Collaboration between Libraries; 2. Collaboration between Library staff; 3. Collaboration between Library Staff and Patrons; and 4. Collaboration between Patrons) to the use of other social software in libraries.  Will the results from the first wiki study hold steady?  How will the use of wikis compare across the other types of social software?


Data from this study will soon be analyzed.  The study will be published in Fall 2008.



Wiki Links


A list of articles and links to resources about wikis can be found here: Wiki Links


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