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It's a Wiki Wiki World

WithMary Carmen Chimato

SUMMARY. Wikis are an excellent way of sharing information and facilitating teamwork and communication in a library. Wikis enable library staff to collectively contribute, edit, and comment on a Web site and can be implemented in a variety of ways. Internally, a wiki can serve as an institutional knowledgebase or repository. Publicly, a wiki can be an online version of a journal or book club, an interactive resource guide, or a space where certain user groups can share thoughts and suggestions about a common experience or project. This article will provide an introduction to wikis, overview the different software, highlight how one medical library is using its wiki as an organizational knowledgebase, and propose several ways a medical library may enable patrons to utilize wikis. doi:10.1300/J115v26S01_09 [Article copies available for a fee from The Haworth Document Delivery Service: 1-800-HAWORTH. E-mail address: <[email protected]> Website: < http://www.HaworthPress.com > © 2007 by The Haworth Press, Inc. AU rights reserved.]