Any fellow librarians out there? How do you use PBwiki?

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PBwiki is a great tool for librarians, but I'm curious to see how you all use your wikis.
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I love using PBwiki to create an FAQ. I work in an early childhood resource library and many of the questions I'm asked are similar. It has been very helpful to store frequently-used responses, create bibliographies, or create lists of requested items. In the future I might be working from another office, so having these resources available from any computer is going to be great.

Does anyone else have some great tips?
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I've set up a wiki so that the staff in the three branches of our public library can keep up with what's happening in each of the buildings. My favorite spot is the area set up to share recipes from staff parties. :)
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I've set up my wiki as a weekly calendar for teachers to sign in to use the various spaces in our high school library. It's in it's second week, and some of the teachers are catching on quite well -- others are still calling for me to schedule them. I walk them through the process.
I've set up another wiki for a large committee I'm chairing so everyone can comment/add to our task list. We haven't really started meeting and I haven't given out the link to all the members yet. I'm hoping it will save me lots of data entering time! I'll let you know.
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I work in a public library and I'm setting up a community calendar for our village.
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I am new to PBwiki but I will soon use it to record my portfolio for chartership and give access to my mentor and a chosen few. I really look forward to making progress as this resource has been recommended by others. So its serious stuff for now and hope to go social later.

At work we are using it to compile some library procedures and this makes life easier.

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What a great idea! I love the idea of using this for a community-building tool!
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I agree- part of why I started working for PBwiki was because I saw how compiling my library information into a wiki made life 100000 time easier and wanted to show other people how wikis can help organize, inform, and design!
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Great idea! It's often hard to share information across branches (I once worked for a library system with 26 branches). A wiki is a great way to share information when distance is an issue.

Okay, so what's the best dessert recipe you have on your wiki? I love anything with chocolate in it!
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Sinful Seven Layer Bars
Melt 1 stick of margarine in a 9x12 pan, stir in 1 tsp. vanilla.
Mix 1 Tbsp. flour into 1 1/2 c. Graham Cracker crumbs, sprinkle evenly over the melted mixture and pat into a crust. Layer on a cup of each of the following: flaked coconut, butterscotch chips, and semi-sweet chocolate chips. Pour a can of Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk over all (it;s the 'glue'). Sprinkle one cup of chopped pecans over all. Bake at 325 degrees for 25 - 30 minutes until the top is pale golden brown. Cool thoroughly, cut into small squares, store or gorge.
Not on a wiki yet, but I'm learning! - Anita, a librarian in training.
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Hi, Rachel! We're using PBwiki for a staff training program on Web 2.0 services. We have also used it for an annual student assignment on government that we do every year.
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I work at a computer lab in a public library. I'm developing a structure for our tutorials and frequently asked questions, and the wiki also works as a tool for collaborating on ideas like how to improve the software and hardware here. Eventually the wiki will be partially available to the public for easy access to tutorials, how-tos, links, etc.
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I'm in the initial stages of setting up our PBwiki account to be our college library staff intranet.To hold: communication (meetings/agendas/minutes) and documentation (procedures, policies) and as well, perhaps it will have other value too. This type of thing is new to our staff, so it might be a while before it really takes off.

--If anyone out has an 'intranet' wiki for library staff too, I'd love to get a peak at your wiki for ideas.

I have also set up a dept.'s research guide to replace a static webpage version. I quite like the wiki version's flexibility.
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Hi, Corinne. I've just started a similar project. My library is expanding and digitizing our manual for library clerks. How is your project coming along? I can be reached at rmalino2 [at] uiuc [dot] edu
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Corinne- I think I would have to run this by some other folks, but write me at brook.westheimer at cincinnatilibrary dot org and I can send you the access pass. It's still non-public and definitely under construction- I am mostly on the public desk and only get a handful of hours to work on this every week.
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Just signed on and using it for staff communication. Slowly building support and it's amazing how certain staff are taking to it. One person mentioned to a co-worker that she's going to get into trouble for spending too much time on the wiki! ;) So far, great information has been shared. Perhaps in a few months, they'll be ready to have a version for our public.
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Hi Tara- that's awesome! Let us know when your public version is ready - I'd love to see it!
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I'm a teacher-librarian at Valley Schools in Elgin, IA. I use my wiki TONS (and encourage all our teachers to utilize this). Mostly I use it in conjunction with classes I teach. Whenever I'm teaching - be it a regularlly scheduled class or one lesson, I create a wiki page & project it during instruction. I make sure students know how/where to access it, so they can return to the information at will. My wiki is linked from our school page - that's very helpful. http://learning-with-the-library.wiki.... I have my wiki set up with Wikispaces rather than PBwiki - but I have also used PBwiki and like it very much.
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Two of us created a wiki that we use to collaborate with the other teacher-librarians in our district. There are about 25 of us, but all at different sites. This allows greater communication between schools.
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Hi All,

I'm curious... I would have not thought that so many librarians were enthusiastic about leveraging the strength of wikis. I guess i've never really thought about what profession would be super into wikis; I guess I just assumed it would be a personal opinion on whether or not you get the wiki concept.

Do any of you have any comments on why you think wikis would draw librarians in? It makes sense, in that I would imagine a librarian who love his/her job would be all about cataloging information. It's very cool to me when I see a tool that hits a segment of people that I would have never thought about.
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Scott:

We have over 30 new libraries that start wikis with us every single day.

It is an extremely large user group of PBwiki.
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Hi Scott!

As a librarian and a PBwiki employee, I think I can speak for two sides here. I remember reading an article in my Information Seeking Behavior class that talked about how librarians are one of the largest groups of early adopters of new technology - I certainly think that is the case with PBwiki.

As librarians we struggle everyday with information overload and the need to organize information in somewhere other than our heads. Wikis make it easy for librarians to organize, store, and share information.

I think PBwiki has been such a big hit because it doesn't depend on huge amounts of web-savvy skills or computer programming knowledge but works well for every librarian - even the one who wished we still had paper card catalogs. It's easy and it helps us get the job done.
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I have created a wiki for a high school student reading club. Every year students will choose one book to be the "Book of the Year". The wiki has pages that include past winners, a list of this years "nominated" books and a page for students to share their thoughts about the books they are reading.
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I'm a primary school librarian, and I've been using pbwiki for a while now. I have links to copyright-friendly media, presentations and in-services, links for parents...pretty much everything! My wiki is here: http://squareone.pbwiki.com
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I'm a school librarian and was looking for ideas to show teachers how to use pbwiki in their classes. After looking at the above ideas, I'm thinking I should use it with students myself first as an example of what can be done. Excuse me while I think this through. I have a library webpage so some of the uses described above would not be necessary but I do like the idea of starting a wiki book club. We don't have a good time at school to meet so this could be a virtual book club. Hmm.... Has anyone tried something like this?
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Hi Librarian, we have a template on our educators wiki for creating a virtual book club. http://educators.pbwiki.com/Sample+Bo.... As you can see, there's space for you to put the book information and then have discussion questions. By creating a wiki page for each question, your book club members can participate. Hope this helps!
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Hi everybody! I'm a librarian at a smallish midwestern University. We have two wikis; one private, for scheduling and communication between reference staff, and one public, http://fhsuresearch.pbwiki.com, to help our users navigate the library and all its resources. We just launched the public one this semester; so far I've gotten a lot of positive feedback from faculty and students. Our "real" library website is not very user-friendly, and I've tried to make the wiki much more straightforward. It keeps getting bigger and now I need to get it better organized. But it is fun to update, so I don't mind working on it.
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Hre are two examples of public wikis regional libraries are using to communicate to their many librarians, library board trustees, friends of the library:
http://noliwiki.pbwiki.com/
http://flrlwiki.pbwiki.com/