A wiki is a collaborative Web site and authoring tool that allows users to easily add, remove, and edit content. Wikipedia, the online open-community encyclopedia, is the largest and perhaps the most well known of these knowledge sharing tools. With the benefits that wikis provide, the use and popularity of these tools is exploding (in fact, the site for this training was created using a free wiki program; see


Some of the benefits that make wikis so attractive are:


As the use of wikis has grown over the last few years, libraries all over the country have begun to use them to collaborate and share knowledge. Among their applications are pathfinder or subject guide wikis, book review wikis, ALA conference wikis, and even library best practices wikis.


Discovery Resources


Use these resources to learn more aboout wikis:


Discovery Exercise


  1. For this discovery exercise, you are asked to start by simply taking a look at some library wikis. Here are a few examples to get you started:
  2. Create a blog post about your findings. What did you find interesting? What types of applications within libraries might work well with a wiki?


So what's in a wiki?  Find out by doing some exploring on your own!


Tracking Your Progress just finished the third BPL 2.0 exercise!  Don't forget to send an email to with the URL for the permanent link to your blog post about your work with wikis to get credit for your work.