This weeks readings covered Wikis and Blogs. Both applications are great tools for librarians and libraries. Until I started in this program, I had only ever used Wikipedia and the Wookiepedia (the Star War wiki) and never would have thought of them as having an academic application. My experience with blogs however, is a bit different having had to read some for Foundations and having to have kept one for two other classes. However, I never saw them as being that academic either, even though some are written by librarians on educational and library matters. The following articles out of the all the ones on the reading list helped me the best.
Boyd’s definition, history of, and explanation of blogging was also quite helpful. It is always helpful to learn the origins of something. It helped to understand that blogs are more than online diaries as was previously thought, but a great communication tool. She even went on to the explain the culture of blogs and blogging, which I found very interesting.
Chu’s article on using wiki’s in Academic libraries really opened my eyes to the uses by those kinds of institutions. I never thought about them as real educational tools created by faculty and staff. I can now see their use on how to teach undergrads the importance of the library and see them as an alternative to our subject guide’s pages the USF library has.
Chua’ article (not to be confused with the above author as I originally did) on the use of Web 2.0 technologies in libraries across the US, Europe, and Asia was a great way to see how libraries around the world are using the new technologies out there. Understanding what is being implemented by libraries in different regions will help us to know what we want our library to implement. It also teaches us that no matter what continent we are on, librarians and libraries aren’t that different.
The history of Wiki’s by Fountian was a great overview. Her history, definitions, uses, and how to use them and what for was very helpful to understand where these online encyclopedia’s came from. I’d never heard of using them to create an assignment before, but can now see that their collaborative nature is perfect for group projects.
Stephen’s article on Wiki’s and libraries was a great way to understand libraries and wiki’s working together. He talked about wiki’s and libraries, how to implement a wiki in my library, and best practices for a library wikis. It gave me a better understanding of wikis and public libraries.
The following video is always quite helpful to understand collaboration on projects using wikis.
Boyd, d. (2006). A blogger’s blog: Exploring the definition of a medium. Reconstruction, 6 (4)
Chu, S.K. (2009). Using wikis in academic libraries. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, 35 (2), 170-176
Chua, A.Y.K. & Goh, D.H. (2010). A study of Web 2.0 applications in library websites. Library & Information Science Research, 34 (3), 203-211
Stephens, M. (2006). Wikis. Library Technology Reports, 42 (4), 52-57