Tuesday, April 19, 2005

I just learned of this site and its service on the boingboing.net. Wondir http://www.wondir.com/wondir/jsp/index.jsp appears to be the ultimate in virtual reference - only the questions are being asked to the public, not to any particular library. Your library could partner up with this site as well http://www.wondir.com/wondir/jsp/index.jsp . The site includes this disclaimer: "Wondir is not a substitute for professional advice." I would love to see if this is being used in current reference classes in library school, as real-life examples of questions that are looking for answers. And if you are looking for ways to reward your reference department, check out the Wondir Bowl contest. Librarians should know their own Answer Quality Rating, and get rewarded for a high average!

1 comment:

The Daily Wondir said...

Thanks for your comments, I really like your thoughts with regard to teachers and their rankings. We certainly need to reach out again to the library community (Gary Price, a leading information scientist and guru in the library space wrote a piece about us today at http://blog.searchenginewatch.com/blog/050420-103801 ) Still, we certainly need to talk to more people. If you want to help the movement, you can always put the Wondir Q&A box and ticker on your blog. You can find it at http://www.wondir.com/wondir/jsp/DistributedTicker.jsp and can make it pretty much any size/shape/color and tune it to any category you like, such as Reference Help. Anyway, thanks again for your thoughts and let us know if you have more.