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Library Camp 2008: Part 2

March 27, 2008

Session 3: Pathfinders and Subject Resources

One cool thing about Library Camp is that some of us planned another session over lunch. I know also that Sean Robinson and John Blyberg decided to take a session over to Border’s to check out their concept store. I like the unconference concept of following your curiosity and actually learning something.

Unfortunately I didn’t take good notes on our pathfinders session, but learned there are a couple of ways to go about making user-friendly subject guides to put on your site:

  • Libguides These are used by mostly academic libraries. Here’s a list of libraries that use them. This is a hosted service.
  • Wikis are also used to create pathfinders and subject guides. Mediawiki is a resource that is used by academic and public libraries, such as St. Joseph County Public Library. These guides look like Wikipedia because they are the original software that was written for Wikipedia.

Wikimatrix is a nice tool that allows the user to compare wikis and Heidigoseek, a self-proclaimed wiki warrior, recommends it highly.

So overall, I had a great time at Library Camp, and will definitely go next year if possible!  I hope to see some of my new friends tomorrow at Columbus Metropolitan Library.

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