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Stop Reinventing the Wheel : Using Wikis for Professional Knowledge Sharing

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dc.creator Deitering, Anne-Marie
dc.creator Bridgewater, Rachel
dc.date.accessioned 2008-02-20T23:16:15Z
dc.date.available 2008-02-20T23:16:15Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.identifier.citation Deitering, A.M, & Bridgewater, R. (2007). Stop reinventing the wheel: Using wikis for professional knowledge sharing. Journal of Web Librarianship 1:1, 27-44. en
dc.identifier.issn 1932-2909
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1957/7927
dc.description.abstract This article details the development of the Library Instruction Wiki (http://instructionwiki.org): an effort to develop a web-based, knowledge sharing resource. Though some library instruction is specific to a given institution or class, much of what instruction librarians teach is similar. Library instructors have repeatedly expressed the desire to share resources, ideas and expertise. With the increasing presence of social software applications, the options for technology-enabled knowledge sharing have grown dramatically in recent years. The success of Wikipedia illustrates how wikis can be used to build collective knowledge-building projects. The authors describe the process of using a wiki to build such a resource. Drawing on research connecting communities of practice, information and communication technology and knowledge management, the authors also examine the social and cultural challenges they faced trying to use communication technology with a dispersed network of practitioners. Implementation details including software selection and installation, customization, and marketing are discussed. A year after its initial launch, contributions to the wiki have slowed despite consistent and enthusiastic support for the concept. The authors examine possible reasons for this limited activity, and suggest next steps for this wiki and for further research. en
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dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher The Haworth Information Press en
dc.subject wikis en
dc.subject communities of practice en
dc.subject networks of practice en
dc.subject Oregon Library Association en
dc.subject library instruction en
dc.title Stop Reinventing the Wheel : Using Wikis for Professional Knowledge Sharing en
dc.type Article en


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