ACRL just announced this year’s winners for the Excellence in Academic Libraries award. And the winners are…(drumroll): Shatford Library at Pasadena City College, Pasadena, California; the Laurence McKinley Gould Library at Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota; and the McMaster University Libraries, Hamilton, Ontario.
Setting aside for a moment how pleased I am to see a Canadian library in the mix (go, McMaster!), I wanted to point to one particular page on the Gould Library’s site at Carleton College. It’s their page on using Wikipedia, designed for teaching faculty. It’s a little text-heavy, but the design is appealing enough to make up for that, I think. More importantly, someone at Carleton is really paying attention to Wikipedia, and their Further Information section is up-to-date and comprehensive. If I were an instructor wondering how to deal with Wikipedia, I’d love this resource. There’s a lot to be said for gathering together a representative selection (not an exhaustive one!) of readings on a current topic, and making them easily available. It’s a handle people can easily grab onto, on their way to doing other things. It’s added value, which is one big part of what I think libraries should be doing.
Which reminds me, I need to do another “Focus on…” post sometime soon. Suggestions for topics?