Wiki as Catalog

Here’s a university library that is using a Wiki as a major part of its library website:

They are also using Koha open source library catalog.  The site could use a little polishing, but I highly applaud the ingenuity and resourcefulness in creating this site!



I’m Back!

Hi Everyone,

I’ve broken the cardinal rule of blogging, I know! Post frequently. But the truth is, for the last several weeks, I simply haven’t felt like saying anything. It’s been a tough time for all of us at our library lately. One of our staff members experienced a personal loss and it has been very devastating for all of us also. In addition, it’s the end of the semester and everything is due. You know what I’m talking about. In any case, I finally am motivated to post.

And what motivates me you ask? Why, doubling my space on pbwiki, that’s what. Did you know that educational wikis on are ad free? Check it out. By posting about this on my blog, pbwiki says they will double our storage space. I’ll let you know what happens.

We’re getting closer to the date of the Colorado Academic Library Consortium Summit on May 31. If you haven’t signed up, hurry and reserve your seat. We have some awesome keynote speakers including Joan Lippincott and Carie Windham.

See you soon, Rhonda

Inside Higher Ed :: A Stand Against Wikipedia

Today must be wiki Friday 😉 A report from Inside Higher Ed, quotes Wikipedia officials’ reaction to policies by university professors that ban the citing of Wikipedia in student bibliographies. Note that neither policy mentioned was designed to stop students from using Wikipedia as a starting point for research, but rather to keep them from stopping there!

Jobs, News and Views for All of Higher Education – Inside Higher Ed :: A Stand Against Wikipedia
Wikipedia officials agree — in part — with Middlebury’s history department. “That’s a sensible policy,” Sandra Ordonez, a spokeswoman, said in an e-mail interview. “Wikipedia is the ideal place to start your research and get a global picture of a topic, however, it is not an authoritative source. In fact, we recommend that students check the facts they find in Wikipedia against other sources. Additionally, it is generally good research practice to cite an original source when writing a paper, or completing an exam. It’s usually not advisable, particularly at the university level, to cite an encyclopedia.”

Citizendium – Academic Wikipedia!

Here’s a follow-up to an earlier post, ( While some studies have shown that Wikipedia is similar in reliability to traditional encyclopedias including Britannica, many academics have still felt nervous about the fact that anyone can contribute to Wikipedia. While the content is usually accurate, it is often incomplete and, what’s of more concern, it changes so frequently that it is very difficult to rely on. Today, a new project that has been in the works is, for the first time, allowing the public at large to register. Read the announcement below. Think of it as Wikipedia with an Editor! If you are an academic with special knowledge to contribute, think about signing up today.

The Citizendium (sit-ih-ZEN-dee-um), a “citizens’ compendium of everything,” is an experimental new wiki project. The project, started by a founder of Wikipedia, aims to improve on the Wikipedia model by adding “gentle expert oversight” and requiring contributors to use their real names. It has taken on a life of its own and will, perhaps, become the flagship of a new set of responsibly-managed free knowledge projects. We will avoid calling it an “encyclopedia” until the project’s editors feel comfortable putting their reputations behind this description.