Welcome to the Charles Ammi Cutter Wiki!

What is a wiki?

A website that allows anyone to edit, delete, or modify content on the web.

The creator of the first wiki software, Ward Cunningham, named the site after a chain of buses in Hawaii; Wiki means "quick" in Hawaiian (LSC's TIG Program: Tech Glossary, 2009). Wikipedia is the most famous example, but even the iSchool has a wiki. Click here to see it.

What is the Charles Ammi Cutter Wiki?

This is the portal to our presentation for today. On it you'll find information about everything 2.0, both Web and Library.

How do libraries use wikis?

  • 37.6% of public libraries in the U.S. used wikis in 2008 (Mon & Randeree, 2009).
  • 33.3% of academic libraries use wikis, but another 31.3% have no plans to use wikis at all (Chu, 2009).
  • Too much information?

Wikis span the spectrum when it comes to use:

St. Joseph County Public Libary uses a wiki as a subject guide for their users.(Librarians only!)

Loudounpedia was created by the Loudoun County Public Library, and invites users to contribute to a wiki that's all about their county. (Sign up w/PBWorks, request access, and you're in!)

The University of Minnesota Libaray uses their wiki as a staff website and includes everything from hours management to project charters and everything in between.

Advantages to wikis

  • easy to learn
  • flexible participation
  • collective, collaborative knowledge
  • capture and sharing of experience


  • mark-up is different from html
  • editing can be done by anyone; not always reliable (Solution: locks)
  • must be updated to remain relevant
  • often fall into disuse (See Portable Professor Wiki )

LibGuides - a better alternative?

  • CMS created by Springshare which offers librarian-prepared guides for patrons.
  • According to their website, "all institutions using LibGuides are connected in a global content network spanning 750 libraries with 12,500 librarians who have created 40,000 research and information guides." (Springshare)
  • Not for the public to edit, but extra collaborative for librarians. (An aggregator.)
  • Cornell's libguide

Other library 2.0 tools


Chu, Samuel Kai-Wah. 2009. Using wikis in academic libraries. The Journal of Academic Librarianship 35, no.2: 170-176.

LSC's TIG Program. Tech Glossary, 2009. http://tig.lsc.gov/techglossary.php.

Mon, Lorri & Randeree, Ebrahim. 2009. On the Boundaries of Reference Services: Questioning
and Library 2.0. Journal of Education for Library and Information Science 50, no. 3: 164.

Springshare. LibGuides. http://springshare.com/libguides/index.html.