Using Google Wave and Docs for group collaboration

Debra A. Riley‐Huff (Web Services Librarian and Assistant Professor at the University of Mississippi Libraries, J. D. Williams Library, University of Mississippi, Mississippi, USA. (

Library Hi Tech News

ISSN: 0741-9058

Publication date: 8 June 2010



This paper aims to discuss how to use Google Wave and Docs as a group collaboration tool. Group and team projects can be stressful, particularly when distance and deadlines are part of the scenario. Using Google Wave and Docs can help everyone maintain access to the project anywhere and anytime. This paper also seeks to describe and suggest ways to use Google tools to keep documents organized and communications flowing well. It also aims to discuss using Google tools as part of project management.


The paper uses a series of cases studies in which the author has been directly involved. The case studies are accompanied by tips.


The paper reveals that the use of Google Wave and Docs for group collaboration can be very successful.

Practical implications

Collaboration teams can possibly save time and energy with Google tools.


Many groups are interested in how they can actually use Google Wave to collaborate. The paper includes case studies to illuminate some possibilities.



Riley‐Huff, D. (2010), "Using Google Wave and Docs for group collaboration", Library Hi Tech News, Vol. 27 No. 4/5, pp. 12-14.

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