Week 7 Thing 16: Something Wiki This Way Comes

My introduction to wikis started a few weeks ago when I was asked to train library staff on using a wiki for project management. After saying yes, I began the daunting task of not only preparing to train others but learning how to use the thing myself!

So to anyone out there who thinks that trainers just magically know or learn everything let me reassure you that nothing could be further from the truth! We have to learn just like everyone else, and usually we have to learn on our own.

Within a few days of using TWiki, I became very frustrated that it was so difficult to use. If I could not easily use this, how would I train others to use it!

So for about two weeks Chuck and I tested a variety of wikis to find one that would work for PLCMC. If you are ever in the market for a wiki, take a look at WikiMatrix, a great site for comparing wikis.

Those of you at PLCMC on SSP teams will be happy to know that we found a great wiki called Confluence that is easy to use. The possibilities for uses are endless and with most our staff experimenting with wikis by participating in Learning 2.0 training will be a piece of cake!

About Lori Reed

Lori Reed, coauthor of Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Non-Profit Trainers, is a learning and communication strategist with more than twenty years experience in learning and development. A 2009 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and a 2010 "One to Watch" for paralibrarians, Lori graduated cum laude from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. Lori is a certified Synchronous Learning Expert and a North Carolina Master Trainer and has traveled across North America speaking about libraries and training.

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