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									          Do-It-Yourself Technology: Wikis
What is a wiki?
A wiki is a website that can be quickly edited by visitors to produce a kind of
collaborative website. Any user can add entirely new pages or add new content to
exisiting pages as well as change or delete existing information. The administrator of a
wiki can decide whether to make the site public and editable by anyone or private and
editable only by selected individuals. Wikis will save the history of the changes made
which allows you to easily retrieve older versions of your content. Much like blogs, you
do not need to know HTML, Dreamweaver, use a wiki. You can make your wiki
viewable to only staff or to the public at large regardless of who is authorized to edit it.
Wikis can become disorganized easily if there is not already a plan in place for how
poages will be named and how content will be added. A simple outline should be enough
to orient your users as shown here:

When should I use a wiki?
Wikis are great for collaborating and storing information which does not lose value over
time. Some of the ways in which they can be used include:
    Subject guides, local history information, and tutorials (St. Joseph County Public
       Library, IN and UMASS, Boston)
    Staff FAQs including policies, standard operating procedures, and ready reference
       resources (George Mason University, VA)

How can I start a wiki?
There are many hosted wikis available, most of which have free versions and a number of
fee-based versions. These include PBWiki and Seedwiki. Often, free versions come with
ads and limited flexibility and the fee-based versions are reasonably priced. Still, it is
recommended that you try out a free version first and see if it fits your needs. In general,
you can upgrade your free wiki to a fee-based one at any time.

Wiki Setup Guide
Creating Your Wiki
      Go to PBWIKI and enter your wiki name (ex. “”), your email
       address, and select your purpose (for libraries, this should be “for education”) and
       then click on “Create my wiki”.
      You’ll then be prompted to check your email for message from PBWiki which
       will provide a link so that you can finish creating your wiki and set your wiki's
       password. If you do not see it, be sure to check your junk mail.
      Choose your password.
      Decide whether you would like this wiki to be public or private. Public means that
       anyone can see your wiki and private means that it is not accessible to the public.
       In either case, the password is needed to edit your wiki. It is recommended that
        you make your wiki private while setting it up and then you can change it to
       Choose editor type: classic or point-and-click. You’ll need to be comfortable with
        HTML to use the classic editor. Editor type can be changed at any time.
       Select free version of the wiki. If you would like to upgrade later, the option will
        be there.

Adding Content
       Now you’re ready to start adding content. Click on “Edit page” to change the text
        of your front page.
       To create a new page, click on “New page”, select a template, and type in your
       New pages can be added to the sidebar for easy access. To do this, click on
        “SideBar” and then on “edit”. Type in the title of your new page, highlight it, and
        click on “Link”. When a box opens up, “Link Type” should be WikiPage, “Link
        to wiki page” should be set to the title of your new page. You would use this same
        process to make links to websites. If you want to link to a website be sure to
        change “Link Type” to URL.

       Settings: Ths section will allow you to change the wiki’s title, description and
        contact email as well as make changes to number of other features.
       Skins: will offer several different themes from which to choose.
       Users: allows you to invite people to contribute to your wiki. For the time being,
        you could simply give them your password and they could log in with that alone.
        However, if you sign up for a free PBWiki account, you can then invite others.
        The advantage to doing it this way is that you will be able to tell who made what
       Notifications: controls whether and how often you are told that changes were
        made to your wiki
       Publicize your wikis: enables you to add tags to your wiki so that the public
        might find it easier
Created for Do-It-Yourself Technology, a program at the 2007 NELA Conference by Theresa Maturevich
          Do-It-Yourself Technology: Blogs

What is a blog?
Short for "Web log," a blog is like an online diary. It allows a person or group to share a
running chronicle with online audiences. You do not need to know HTML,
Dreamweaver, blog. Once you log in to your blog account, you can type your
message and click a button to post it to your blog. That information is instantly published
to a website which the public can read, or if you have made it private, only staff will be
able to read it. You can also add images to a blog post in much the same way as you
would send pictures via email.

When should I use a blog?
Blogs are good for regularly posting announcement-type information while allowing
others the option to comment. A blog’s content can be about anything at all.
In libraries, blogs can be used in any number of ways including:
      Reader’s advisory and/or book reviews (Beverly High School, MA)
      Music and movie review (Huntington Beach Public Library, NY)
      Upcoming events (Greenfield Public Library, MA)
      Children’s news (Olathe Public Library, KS)
      Teen news (Brooks Memorial Library, VT)
      New about expansion or construction projects (Nampa Library, ID)
      Did You Know?/Reference-type information (Darien Library, CT)
      Specific subjects (Cuyahoga Public Library, OH)
      Staff communication (Hennepin County Library, MN)
      Any or all of the above in one blog (East Hampton Public Library, CT, Bangor
        Public Library, ME, and Middletown Public Library, RI)
      Hosting a library website (Malden Public Library, MA)

Your patrons might read your blog in a number of different ways:
    Link to your blog(s) directly from your website (Newton Public Library, MA)
    Have your webmaster pull the RSS feed from your blog and put it directly on
      your website do patrons have an idea of what they would get if they read your
      blog (Philips Academy, MA)

How can I start a blog?
Free blog services can be found with a simple Google search. Two of the most popular
are and also has a blogging feature. All of
these sites have FAQ section that should help you answer any questions you might have
while setting one up.
Blog Setup Guide
Creating Your Blog
       Go to and enter your username, password, and email address, and
        then click on “Gimme a blog”.
       Choose blog domain name (cannot be changed), blog title (can be changed),
        language, and keep box checked for your blog to appear in search engines if you
        would like it to be available to the public.
       Go to your email for your account confirmation. An email with your username,
        password, and links has been sent to your email address.
Writing Content
       To create a new post, click on “Write” and type in your content. If you would like
        to include images to your post they can be uploaded from this page as well.
       You may also want to add categories for your post depending on the purpose of
        your blog and how specific you want it to be. For instance, if you were creating a
        review blog, your categories might include: books, movies, music, fiction,
        nonfiction, children’s, teens, mysteries, large print, graphic novels, or audiobooks.
       You can also create pages with Wordpress. These are usually used for basic
        information such as an “About Us” page. Each Wordpress blog comes with a
        default “About” page. To create new ones, click on “Write Page” while in the
        “Write” section.
Managing Content
       To edit or delete a post or page, click on “Manage” and then select the item you
        would like to change.
       You can also add new categories from “Manage”.
Allowing Comments
       By default, comments are allowed on each post. You can turn off comments on an
        individual post or on all posts. You can also limit comments to registered users
        and/or moderate comments before they are posted. Your options are outlined in
        the “Options” section under the heading “Discussion”.
Inviting Users
       If other members of your staff will be contributing to this blog, invite them to be
        users by entering in their information in the “Users” section. You can set users at
        different levels of authority so that some can only write posts which need
        administrator approval before being posted while have more authority.
Changing Themes
       If you’d like to change the look of your blog, go to the “Presentation” section and
        sample some of the other themes. Keep in mind that themes control not only the
        color schemes of the blog, but also its layout. When you change the theme, you
        may find that your pages, categories etc. are now in different places on the page
        and some sections may be removed altogether.
Created for Do-It-Yourself Technology, a program at the 2007 NELA Conference by Theresa Maturevich

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