At Saint Mary’s Health Sciences Library, we have a simple intranet page to offer our patrons a quick way to link to our online resources, find our forms and tip sheets, or check our hours and contact information.
While this works well for our regular patrons as a portal to our resources, sometimes people need more information about us and our services. So we used a free, hosted wiki site to develop a multi-page website.
We tried out a couple of wiki sites to find the one that best suited us. We first tried Netcipia, because it offered more free space and the ability to “brand” the site by uploading our logo. It offers a lot of great features, too, like an associated blog. Take a look at that earlier version of our library wiki here.
But we weren’t finding Netcipia as easy to use as we would have liked; it was difficult to navigate between pages, and once a URL link was saved to a page, the page editing view switched from WYSIWYG to a coding language (xwiki syntax).
So, we tried again, with PBwiki. While PBWiki’s free version is more limited, it has been easier for us novices to work with.
As with all wikis, the Saint Mary’s wiki remains a work in progress. We invite you to check it out, and let us know what you think: http://smhsl.pbwiki.com .