If you plan to create a library blog or wiki we can provide guidance for success. Here you'll find tips as you work through issues such as purpose, intended content, sources of contributions, promotion and management.
Before embarking on creating a library blog or wiki, do some research about how these tools can most effectively support your users, including exploring these and other questions:
- What will be its main purpose?
- What kind of content will you include?
- Will you be the sole person managing the content and keeping it up-to-date, or will this involve a team?
- How will you promote it?
Talk to your IT people, collaborate with key teachers, and (if in a secondary school) discuss with your students. By using a team approach you will be able to produce a plan, linked to learning outcomes, showing ways the library can best provide support through the wiki or blog.
Your wiki can be designed to be an excellent tool to support Inquiry learning.
If you are thinking of setting up a wiki or a blog, here are some links to further information, and step-by-step instructions:
7 things you should know about blogs (PDF) - what they are, how they work, what the downsides can be, and implications for teaching and learning.
There are many free platforms for setting up your library blog. These include but are not limited to:
7 things you should know about wikis (PDF) - what is a wiki, how it works, why wikis are significant, implications for teaching and learning - an easy-to-follow overview.
- Raroa Intermediate School Library blog
- Fendalton Open Air School Library blog
- Springston School Library blog
- Instructions for setting up your own wiki
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