The YALSA Wiki is one of the many web resources available to members. While it’s a great passive source of information, one of the assets of a Wiki is that anyone can edit its pages. YALSA and the Website Advisory Board call upon you (yes, you!) to share your knowledge and add content to the YALSA Wiki on Wednesday, October 29, International Internet Day.
We have identified several Wiki pages that could use some success stories, anecdotes, or other member input. All you need to do is create a Wiki account and edit! Don’t worry about messing anything up. Revisions are tracked and committee members will be cleaning up formatting as needed.
The following pages could particularly use some content from YALSA members or others with appropriate knowledge:
- Why YA? Personal Stories from current YA librarians: Why did you become a YA librarian?
- Teen Services in 15 Minutes or Less: What’s one thing you can do in 15 minutes or less to enhance teen services at the library?
- YA Speaker’s Bureau A-Z Are you a teen services expert? Willing to share your expertise? Add your info to the YA Speaker’s Bureau
- Maker & DIY Programs: Have a Makerspace at your library? Add a link to your site or share some useful resources
- Calendar of Teen Programming Ideas Share a program idea tied to a particular time of the year
- List of YA Authors by State & Country Are you a YA author? Add your information to the list of YA Authors by state and country so librarians can find local authors for library and school visits
- Passive programming: Do you have a successful passive program for teens at your library? Add the details!
- Celebrate Teen Literature Day: YALSA encourages librarians to participate in Celebrate Teen Literature Day on April 16, 2015. Share your ideas for the celebration
- English Language Learners: Good Reads: Help YALSA build a list of recommended reads for English Language Learner or multilingual teens. Titles in English that portray, affirm or celebrate the culture as well as titles in the ELL or multilingual teen’s first language are welcome
- Teen Advisory Groups: Do you have a successful Teen Advisory Group? Share your tips and success stories
- Teen Volunteering & Service Projects: Share how you coordinate and manage teen volunteers at your library
If you’ve never edited a Wiki page before, we’ve put together some instructions to get you started.
How to add content to the Wiki:
- Create an account and log in
- Navigate to the page you want to edit and click on the Edit tab at the top of the page
- Add your content — see Wiki formatting guidelines below
- Use the “Show Preview” button to see your changes before you save
- Click Save Page to save your changes
- Enter the words from the Captcha and press Enter
- Your content is now published!
Wiki formatting can look a bit tricky if you’re not used to it. Here are some of the basics that will help you add content:
- To link to an external site, use single brackets, the website URL, and what you want the link to say:
[URL Website Title] [http://www.ala.org/yalsa/getinvolved/participate YALSA website]
- To link to another page on the Wiki, use double brackets and the full page title:
[[Page Title]] [[Get Involved in YALSA]]
- To create or add to a bulleted list, add a * at the beginning of each line:
- To create or add to a numbered list, add a # at the beginning of each line:
- To italicize, enclose the words in two apostrophes: ”italics”
- To bold, enclose the words in three apostrophes: ”’bold”’
For more on formatting, see the MediaWiki article on formatting.