Giving our Summer Reading Club a "2.0 Twist"

June 18, 2006 at 11:19 pm 3 comments


Princeton Public Library (aka MPOW) started a summer reading club for adults in 2000. The name of the reading club changes from time to time, but the basic concept stays the same — those who sign up receive a kit with some goodies (book bag, book lists, pencil, etc) and then they read what interests them and submit reviews to the library. For each review submitted they are entered in to a raffle for cool prizes donated by local merchants. It has proven to be a perennial favorite that many customers look forward to every year.

Our first year we received most of our reviews via paper forms. We took as many reviews as we could and made a lovely static web page with them: Princeton Reads 2000

By last year, we were receiving most of our reviews via email, but we were still posting them in the same old 1.0 format — a static web page.

Well, I am pleased to unveil our new 2.0 twist for 2006: The BookLovers Wiki

We just started registration on the June 15th and we have already had 7 reviews to enter! Currently, the wiki is partially populated with a few older reviews (which will be removed) to get it going .. but I was so excited to have this officially off and running with some new reviews that I just had to blog about it.

We have 4 of us who have worked on the content and design to this point. We have some volunteers lined up who will be doing a lot of the data entry and coding. We are not giving out the wiki password to everyone who registers just yet as we want to get our feet wet with running this first and decide where to go from there. But we are going to encourage discussion and the front page of the wiki will get fresh content frequently.

I must give kudos to Sue, our Readers Services Librarian, for giving Bob and Caroline and I permission to run with this and create the wiki for the reading club. She trusted us to give the reading club a 2.0 twist and we are all excited to see where this will lead us.

More updates to follow…

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3 Comments

  • 1. granuaile  |  June 20, 2006 at 7:04 am

    what a great idea!

    i just wanted to let you know that the bookcovers don’t match the titles at http://booklovers.pbwiki.com/Mystery (Mystery).

    toitoitoi! (= best of wishes!)

  • 2. Janie L. Hermann  |  June 20, 2006 at 11:59 am

    Bookcovers are fixed… thanks for letting us know :-)

    It is still very much a work in progress and we have a few kinks to iron out. Feedback on how we can improve the wiki are very welcome and would be appreciated.

    I have had two inquiries via email about why we are on pbwiki.com and why we chose them to host the booklovers wiki. Just thought I would answer here in case anyone else is curious.

    I must say it is mostly because of budget and time issues. We devised this idea about 8 weeks ago and so time was of an essence — as was economy as we had not budgeted for this in our tech plan for the year. For now, we are happy with what pbwiki.com can do, it offers us enough features that we think our wiki is both functional and attractive. Best of all it was easy to set up, cost was minimal at $75 for the year (we upgraded to Gold as we did not want ads) and it allowed us to have several levels of passwords.

    If the wiki takes off like we hope, then we will invest in a server and install wiki software locally and migrate.

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