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* Thursday, July 7, 2005

Best Library Practices Wiki

Michael points to Meredith's latest valuable addition to online libraryland, Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki. Back in May, Michael and I talked with someone from ALA about the need for something like this, so it's great to see Meredith forging ahead with this. I think the potential for this resource is huge, so I'm going to try to add some content over the next couple of weeks, including (of course) a section on audio ebooks. ;)

I'm also going to highlight this site to the MLS management team, because we've been discussing the need for technology education for trustees. We hold quarterly "tech summits" (that anyone can come to) in order to highlight new trends and technologies, but trustees rarely attend (although, I'm happy to say we had a very enthusiastic one at the gaming summit!). So we're percolating the idea of doing something similar specifically for trustees but holding them regionally at member libraries. The topics would be very basic themes (what is IM, what is MP3, etc.), but it would give them a foundation for discussing the topics with their directors and staffs.

It would be great if we could pool some knowledge, tips, and even materials via this wiki. As I said in a previous post, wikis are what you make them, so I hope we make this one valuable. Oh, and don't forget to check out Meredith's own best practices for wikis, which I've added to the best practices wiki, because you can just do that with wikis. ;)

Thanks for "just doing it," Meredith!

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