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:

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] [ 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:
    *Item 1
    *Item 2
  • To create or add to a numbered list, add a # at the beginning of each line:
    #Item 1
    #Item 2
  • 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.

About Whitney Winn

Whitney is a Teen Services Librarian at the King County Library System in WA. She also serves on the YALSAblog Advisory Board and is the chair of the YALSA Website Advisory Board.

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