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Interactive Subject Guides

I recently used this ProductWiki guide to turn an Xbox into a full-fledged media center (more on that in an upcoming post). As with anything this technical, there are bound to be ambiguities in the text – not everything went quite as it was outlined in the document for me.

Here’s the great part – the author of the guide stuck around! There is a 127 post (and growing) discussion of the guide here. The original article has been updated along the way as new points come up and clarification emerges. All in just over three days!

Imagine if a library subject guide worked this way! Students or patrons could discuss a guide amongst themselves, with a librarian popping in to assist and update the guide on the fly. I’ve heard some buzz recently about certain libraries trying out wiki-based guides, and can’t wait to see where they end up.