Thursday, January 31, 2008

Ridgefield Authors Wiki Launched

In honor of the town’s 300th anniversary, the Ridgefield Library is pleased to present “Ridgefield Writes: A Celebration of Ridgefield Writers – Past, Present and Just Passing Through.” We‘ve planned a year-long line-up of author talks, book discussions, workshops, lectures, exhibits and more, highlighted by a four-day author festival in April (see our website for details).

As one part of this initiative, we are launching a project that blends 300 years of Ridgefield history with the latest 21st century technology – the Ridgefield Authors Wiki. A “wiki” is an online collaborative resource, such as Wikipedia. The Library has created a web-based directory of some 200 novelists, journalists, poets, songwriters, cartoonists, playwrights, historians and other writers who all have some connection to Ridgefield. You can access the wiki at our website at www.ridgefieldlibrary.org (click on the link at the top of the page). Scroll through our list and discover highlights of our literary heritage. We have started with basic biographical information, a list of selected works, and links to additional resources (thanks to Jack Sanders for permission to include material from his Notable Ridgefielders site).

Now it’s up to you to share what you know. Perhaps you know of a published author we haven’t yet listed (maybe even yourself!). Maybe you have personal memories of when a famous writer lived next door. Know of a great website devoted to the life and works of one of our celebrities? If you have new material or a new name to contribute, we ask that you create a wikispaces membership (it’s free and easy), then join our space and add your comments. Or you can send us an e-mail or give us a call, and we will add your information. We hope that many Ridgefielders will take part in creating a community resource that will prove valuable long past this year’s festivities.

2 comments:

Rob said...

This sounds like a really cool project. It's prolly me but for some reason I don't see the wiki link at the top of the library home page. Can you help me find it. Thanks!

Mary Rindfleisch said...

We have had a few technical difficulties in the past day or so, and the link didn't actually show up on the page until mid-morning today (the 7th). Do try again now!