Using a wiki for Reader’s Advisory
One of the first things we started when I came to MRRL was create online Reader’s Advisory lists for patrons. We’ve used a couple of different services for this in the last 3 years, but they cost money and were controlled by outside vendors. Earlier this year I was looking for funding to be able to add some new services and it occurred to me that the Library could save money by using a wiki to provide What to Read Next list. I got the go ahead from the director, we installed Mediawiki and I’ve been busy coding. So I’m pleased to announce the new Reader’s Advisory wiki. It is pretty “bare bones” looking, as wikis are hard to customize, but our logo is there and it has a nice clean look that matches our blog. It includes links to lists created internally, pdfs, and lists other places on the web. I’m still working on it and in the spirit of 2.0 it will always be changing. :)
Remember wikis are the platform for the content your patrons are looking for. They don’t care how it gets delivered as long as they get it. Using a wiki just make your life easier and seamless integration makes your patrons life easier. I’m not sure how many of our patrons will realize this is a wiki but they will be able to find the next book they want to read. How are you using wikis? How could you use wikis?