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New work spaces: wikis for cataloging collaborations

Ksenija Mincic‐Obradovic (University of Auckland Library in Auckland, New Zealand as Cataloging Manager in 2002. She has worked in libraries since 1983, in many different areas – including medieval manuscripts, early printed books, current serials and children's books. Current focuses are electronic books and improving catalog usability. (

Library Hi Tech News

ISSN: 0741-9058

Article publication date: 7 August 2009




The paper seeks to describe how tools like wikis can be used to improve collaboration and communication in project‐based teams and general work groups.


Over the last few years a number of wikis have been used by New Zealand libraries for cataloging related purposes – two as project management tools, one as a repository for project documentation, one as a national knowledge repository, and one as a local institution‐based knowledge repository. The paper examines both positive and negative aspects of using wiki technology in this environment.


Wikis prove to be very efficient project management and knowledge management systems. Information can be shared very quickly, efficiency of communication increases, and team productivity is higher. In all described cases a free and open source platform was chosen. Externally hosted solutions were preferred because they enable wikis to be immediately available for use. They are also easier to edit, and there is no need for local IT support. There remain concerns about disaster recovery and the long term preservation of documentation.


Experiences such as the ones presented in this paper can encourage other librarians to explore how new technologies can be used in their work environment.



Mincic‐Obradovic, K. (2009), "New work spaces: wikis for cataloging collaborations", Library Hi Tech News, Vol. 26 No. 7, pp. 15-20.



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