Library Success Wiki

 

Publication analysis


About the publication

Title: Library Success: A Best Practices Wiki

ISSN: N/A

Website: http://www.libsuccess.org/

Purpose, objective, or mission: The Library Success wiki seeks to be a place for library professionals to share successes and best practices. The main page introduction states, “This wiki was created to be a one-stop shop for great ideas and information for all types of librarians.”1 All librarians and information professionals are invited to participate in the wiki to share ideas and tips.2

Target audience: The Library Success Wiki was created for librarians and information professionals of all types. This is a great resource for LIS students, as well.3

Publisher: This wiki was created by Meredith Farkas, the blogger behind Information Wants to Be Free.4

Peer reviewed? No. This wiki is meant as a collaborative effort between all information professionals. Anyone is invited to contribute, adding content without having to request permission.5

Type: LIS Professional and Trade Publication.6

Medium: Online.7

Content: The Library Success wiki contains all types of articles and information on library topics ranging from books to gaming to standards to technology.8 Contributors are invited to share on any area of their library expertise or successes.9

Frequency of publication: Because this is a wiki, information is constantly being edited, updated and added. New articles can be added at any time.

About the publication’s submission guidelines

Location of submission guidelines: For new contributors, the wiki contains a tips page10 and a guidelines page.11 Information about contributing to the wiki is also contained in the introduction on the main page of the Library Success wiki.12

Types of contributions accepted: All types of articles and contributions are accepted. As the introduction states, “If you’ve done something at your library that you consider a success, please write about it in the wiki or provide a link to outside coverage. If you have materials that would be helpful to other librarians, add them to the wiki.”13 Anything that may be useful to other librarians is fair game for this wiki.

Submission and review process: The only requirement for submission is that the contributor register.14 The guidelines state that anything that is published on the wiki that is considered a personal attack, vandalism, advertisement or copyright infringement will be deleted.15

Editorial tone: Since this publication is a collaborative effort and contributors are not required to go through a review process, the tone of this wiki will vary from article to article. The information provided by the creator, Meredith Farkas, is informal.16

Style guide used: There is no formal style guide used or required.

Conclusion: Evaluation of publication’s potential for LIS authors

Though publication on this wiki will not get the contributor a notable amount of recognition, it is a great place to practice your writing and get used to putting it out there for others to read and comment on. Providing content for this wiki will help the contributor in their practice of writing for outside audiences. It is also a great place to get feedback from other professionals. This wiki is a great resource for writers as there is quite a bit of information for writing for the profession.17

 

Audience analysis


About the publication’s readers

Publication circulation: As of May 2016 there are 13,938 registered users of the Library Success wiki.18 Likely there are readers who are not registered users. The site has had a total of 18,899 page edits since the wiki was set up.19

Audience location and language or cultural considerations: Browsing through various member profiles in the list of members on the Library Success wiki shows that users come from around the United States and internationally. The member list indicated that most of the members are living and working in the United States.20 It would be easy to assume then, that the language and cultural considerations would be that of an American culture and the English language; however, there are members listed from countries such as Chile, Portugal and the UK. The author should be careful to remember that many librarians and library students are from other countries and cultures. It appears an international library viewpoint is welcomed.

Reader characteristics: A perusal of the registered members of this site shows that the members include a wide range of information professionals within the library field. Most of the registered members are librarians. However, the members are from various types of libraries, including public, academic and law libraries. The librarians also represented a wide range of specialties, from teen librarians, to children’s librarians to law librarians and academic librarians. Some members are students and some are support staff at libraries.21

It should be noted that information about the individual characteristics is obtained from the profiles of the members that are registered. The members that are registered are of course, also the authors and editors of the works that appear on the site. The Library Success wiki is a collaboration of librarians that want to share information with one another. Therefore, the authors are readers also and they are creating and editing articles for librarians and library workers like themselves.22

Since users are allowed to publish and edit freely, biases, values and attitudes can vary greatly, as long as users stay within the wiki guidelines. The wiki guidelines prohibit personal attacks and vandalism. However, there were no biases or strong attitudes detected in the various articles that were reviewed.23

Knowledge of LIS subject matter: Since most of the registered users are librarians or are library staff, it is safe to assume that the readers have working knowledge of LIS subject matter. The knowledge, of course, can vary from that of a front-line circulation staff member, who would have extensive knowledge of circulation procedures, to the scholarly knowledge of an academic librarian. This means that the knowledge of LIS subject matter will include extensive knowledge in all areas concerning libraries and librarianship.24

Conclusion: Analysis of reader characteristics and their potential impact on authors

While readers are interested in using Web 2.0 technologies and other technologies in libraries25, they are also interested in more traditional library topics, such as weeding, fundraising, material selection and improving access.26 Based on articles and user profiles, it seems that an author may feel more comfortable writing for this publication than submitting a paper for scholarly review. The Library Success wiki would be a good place for authors to experiment with different writing styles, exchange ideas with other users and even get feedback from others. Writing for Library Success wiki could definitely help to polish an author’€™s writing and will help to build confidence in publishing works for others to view.

Last updated: May 16, 2016


References

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  1. Main page. (n.d.). Retrieved May 16, 2016 from the Library Success: A Best Practice Wiki: http://www.libsuccess.org/Main_Page
  2. Main page. (n.d.). Retrieved October 16, 2014, from the Library Success: A Best Practice Wiki: http://www.libsuccess.org/Main_Page
  3. Main page. (n.d.). Retrieved May 16, 2016 , from the Library Success: A Best Practice Wiki: http://www.libsuccess.org/Main_Page
  4. Main page. (n.d.). Retrieved May 16, 2016 , from the Library Success: A Best Practice Wiki: http://www.libsuccess.org/Main_Page
  5. Main page. (n.d.). Retrieved May 16, 2016 , from the Library Success: A Best Practice Wiki: http://www.libsuccess.org/Main_Page
  6. Main page. (n.d.). Retrieved May 16, 2016 , from the Library Success: A Best Practice Wiki: http://www.libsuccess.org/Main_Page
  7. Main page. (n.d.). Retrieved May 16, 2016 , from the Library Success: A Best Practice Wiki: http://www.libsuccess.org/Main_Page
  8. Contents. (n.d.). Retrieved May 16, 2016, from the Library Success: A Best Practice Wiki: http://www.libsuccess.org/Categories
  9. Main page. (n.d.). Retrieved May 16, 2016, from the Library Success: A Best Practice Wiki: http://www.libsuccess.org/Main_Page
  10. Tips page. (n.d.). Retrieved May 16, 2016, from the Library Success: A Best Practice Wiki: http://www.libsuccess.org/Tips_page
  11. Guidelines. (n.d.). Retrieved May 16, 2016, from the Library Success: A Best Practice Wiki: http://www.libsuccess.org/index.php?title=Guidelines
  12. Main page. (n.d.). Retrieved May 16, 2016, from the Library Success: A Best Practice Wiki: http://www.libsuccess.org/Main_Page
  13. Main page. (n.d.). Retrieved May 16, 2016, from the Library Success: A Best Practice Wiki: http://www.libsuccess.org/Main_Page
  14. Main page. (n.d.). Retrieved May 16, 2016, from the Library Success: A Best Practice Wiki: http://www.libsuccess.org/Main_Page
  15. Guidelines. (n.d.). Retrieved May 16, 2016, from the Library Success: A Best Practice Wiki: http://www.libsuccess.org/index.php?title=Guidelines
  16. Main page. (n.d.). Retrieved May 16, 2016, from the Library Success: A Best Practice Wiki: http://www.libsuccess.org/Main_Page
  17. Tips page. (n.d.). Retrieved May 16, 2016, from the Library Success: A Best Practice Wiki: http://www.libsuccess.org/Tips_page
  18. Statistics. (n.d.). Retrieved May 16, 2016, from the Library Success: A Best Practice Wiki: http://www.libsuccess.org/Special:Statistics
  19. Statistics. (n.d.). Retrieved May 16, 2016, from the Library Success: A Best Practice Wiki: http://www.libsuccess.org/Special:Statistics
  20. Wiki user list. (n.d.). Retrieved May 16, 2016, from the Library Success: A Best Practice Wiki: http://www.libsuccess.org/Wiki_User_List
  21. Wiki user list. (n.d.). Retrieved May 16, 2016 , from the Library Success: A Best Practice Wiki: http://www.libsuccess.org/Wiki_User_List
  22. Wiki user list. (n.d.). Retrieved May 16, 2016, from the Library Success: A Best Practice Wiki: http://www.libsuccess.org/Wiki_User_List
  23. Guidelines. (n.d.). Retrieved May 16, 2016, from the Library Success: A Best Practice Wiki: http://www.libsuccess.org/index.php?title=Guidelines
  24. Wiki user list. (n.d.). Retrieved May 16, 2016, from the Library Success: A Best Practice Wiki: http://www.libsuccess.org/Wiki_User_List
  25. Main page. (n.d.). Retrieved May 16, 2016, from the Library Success: A Best Practice Wiki: http://www.libsuccess.org/Main_Page
  26. Main page. (n.d.). Retrieved May 16, 2016, from the Library Success: A Best Practice Wiki: http://www.libsuccess.org/Main_Page
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