My thoughts on the wikis in exercise 3, week 1.
St Joseph County Library's Subject Guide. I liked it a lot. It brought up books from their collection which link to the catalog entry. They encourage user feedback through the discussion pages. The only page (and I didn't take the time to go through every page) that had user feedback was the main page, and that was from another librarian.
University of Huddersfield's. Why a Wiki, wouldn't a static web page have served them as well? From the recent changes it looks like they have issues with spammers. How much effort is going into keeping the site clean?
University of Minnesota. Nice look and feel. Great resource for staff. Obviously they put a lot of thought and content into it. I'd like to know how they got everyone to cooperate and provide content. I am very impressed.
University of Connecticut. Lots of useful staff information provided, from how to get to your email to system documentation to sections of the library explaining what they do.
Butler University: I'm not sure a wiki is the best way to provide access to online databases and paper reference materials. One clicks on a resource and then what?
Open WorldCat. I like the concept. Merging a bibliographic utility database with a wiki for easier contributions to records by catalogers and readers.
The geekier side of me thinks that Wikis are a great way for library staff to easily add content to informative pages without having to know how to program or edit html. The curmudgeon side of me think that there sure are a lot of resources and staff time devoted to this stuff and does our audience really care?