The Bulleted Library Technician

October 20, 2008

Using a wiki as a local “tourist guide”

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , , , , — Michelle Hawkins-Thiel @ 3:40 pm

The September 2008 issue of American Libraries magazine has an interesting article by Meredith Farkas.  She describes how she moved to a new area, and had difficulty finding the “best curly fries” and other amenities.  Larger cities tend to have tourist guides, but smaller towns have nothing of the sort — just the collective wisdom of hundreds of residents, all locked up inside their individual brains.  She describes how some towns are using a wiki to encourage residents to contribute their local knowledge, to share with each other, and to help new residents and visitors enjoy the area fully.  She encouraged libraries to take the initiative in getting such a project started.  Sounds like fun!  If I ever move to a small town again, I’ll certainly keep this in mind.

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