Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki was created to be a one-stop shop for great ideas and information for all types of librarians. The information literacy page includes standards, models, curriculum, learning objects, policies, and blogs.
Type of Material:
As homework, ask students to choose one category and critically compare resources. Ask students to share the best resources in class and online.
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Identify Major Learning Goals:
Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki is intended to be a "one-stop shop for great ideas and information for all types of librarians". The developer aims to have librarians from all over the world post in the various wiki editable categories that cover what is going on in librarianship in terms of new books, community, education, gaming, libraries, management and Leadership, professional programming, professional
programming, Readers' Advisory, reference services and information literacy, marketing,
Services to Specific Groups, Standards Technology, Types of Library, Collaborative ideas and more. There are also links to conferences and other ongoing professional development events and discussion sites.
Target Student Population:
Library and information professional majors
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The ability to add to/edit within the wiki; ICT literacy and basic library science knowledge
This wiki provides a centralized site of information for all kinds of librarians. Over 10,000 resources have been contributed by over two hundred librarians, and are overseen by an editor. Materials continue to be added, up through fall 2015. Resources are self-contained, and are arranged by topic; the home page serves as a table of contents. Resources are accurately cited.
A lot of the information on the site is dated. Some areas have not been updated for quite some time in terms of the professional development/conference links. All the links work, but the site needs more people to populate the categories and keep it fresh and informative.
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
The website contains an introduction that explains the site's purpose and process. Information literacy comprises one category, and the technology category address literacy as well. Resources are subdivided into different aspects, each with an overview that provides a a conceptual link between sources. Because the website is basically a list of annotated hyperlinks, content is very efficiently disseminated. The wiki's structure enables instructors to incorporate these resources easily into their curriculum -- and enables practitioners to locate relevant materials quickly.
There is a lack of timeliness;the resource needs to keep things up-to-date and relevant. In addition, materials are only as good as the contributors, so the result is uneven documents.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
Instructions are minimal, but informative. The wiki invites contributions and has an online community; discussions are also encouraged. The wiki is easy to navigate and search, and its history and source code are available. The wiki appears to be ADA-compliant.
The wiki is all text, and somewhat dense, which might intimidate viewers. No help feature exists.
Other Issues and Comments:
Again it is imperative that Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki is kept up to date and well maintained. There are many areas that have not been filled with links or information. With a wiki this is common - but the collection would benefit from some currency updating and calls for updaters to volunteer to edit.
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