Rose Holley of the Australian National Library offers tips for library use of crowdsourcing.

  1. Tip 1: Have a transparent and clear goal on your home page (which goal MUST be a BIG challenge).
  2. Tip 2: Have a transparent and visible chart of progress towards your goal.
  3. Tip 3: Make the overall environment easy to use, intuitive, quick and reliable.
  4. Tip 4: Make the activity easy and fun.
  5. Tip 5: It must be interesting.
  6. Tip 6: Take advantage of transitory and topical events if they help you.
  7. Tip 7: Keep the site active by addition of new content/work.
  8. Tip 8: Give volunteers options and choices
  9. Tip 9: Make the results/outcome of your work transparent and visible.
  10. Tip 10: Let volunteers identify and make themselves visible if they want acknowledgment.
  11. Tip 11: Reward high achievers by having ranking tables and encourage competition.
  12. Tip 12: Give the volunteers an online team/communication environment to build a dynamic, supportive team environment.
  13. Tip 13: Treat your 'super' volunteers with respect and listen to them carefully.
  14. Tip 14: Assume volunteers will do it right rather than wrong.

Source: Rose Holley's Crowdsourcing: How and Why Should Libraries Do It?, D-Lib, March/April2010.

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