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At the end of this month, LISWiki (check out the about page if you haven't looked at it recently) will be one year old. As you can see from browsing its categories pages, there has been some preliminary growth of the site. However, it has yet to turn into a widespread success of being the library and information science wiki. Read on for a recap of the past year's achievements, and of course some ideas on how you can help make the project better.
LISWiki's statistics page gives a summary of what has been viewed and added so far. The list of chatting libraries has proven popular in both contributions and use, as have other directory pages. Top search engine queries driving people to the site include "librarian interview questions" and "how to give a presentation," illustrating that more HOWTO pages would be useful.
A donation of "library lingo" term definitions has helped build a basecoat of short entries, and there have been some good developments with the cataloging entries. Provocative pieces on the future of libraries have also received attention.
There have been a few cases of wiki vandalism, mostly in the form of spam bots adding links to external sites. This problem is well under control, and is assisted with some MediaWiki extensions for combating vandalism. Sadly, no edit wars have yet to break out on such contentious articles as Independent Cuban Libraries.
Although there has been some good growth, there is of course room for more contributions. Surely anyone reading this knows something about library science and librarianship which isn't shared on LISWiki. What's stopping you from adding it? From my perspective, a combination of mostly unfounded fears or even disdain of wikis (see my comment below for more on this) along with basic time constraints have prohibited people from contributing more, but that's just my speculation.
One of the more peculiar phenomena to watch unfold is that innovative and wiki-friendly librarians have chosen to branch out on their own and create separate sites. Case in point, after the Weblogs list at LISWiki was built up to over 1,000 links, the Blogging Libraries Wiki was launched.
Who knows what the future holds for the site? I'm just as curious as a I was last June as to what will happen. I'm just happy to provide an experimental playground to share and develop library information (I'm out a grand total of $7.20 so far) on a platform for those who care to freely share their ideas.