Learning to let go

We all know that one of the features of the connected world is the ability to collaborate on projects. Colleagues near and far can now contribute as much and as deeply as those who sit next to you in the staffroom. Collaborating with people you’ve never met requires a certain level of trust.

A control freak like me is often challenged by this idea. Working with people in close proximity easily enables trust via familiarity and responsibility. Working with those you’ve never met, will never meet and those whose identities you’re not really sure of can be scary.

But recently I took the plunge. I’d been promoting the Pottermore wiki I’d developed to assist people navigate their way through the J.K. Rowling Pottermore website. I’d ask people to help me build it. But the crisis point came when two people asked for membership. I didn’t know them. But I took the plunge that they’d only want to join to help collaborate and build the wiki rather than to delete pages or hack the site. I supposed that I could always undo the changes if they were disastrous, but didn’t really want to even contemplate that.


Two months on, all is well. The wiki is still there and in fact it seems that nothing has been added by my two new collaborators. Which is a shame. I was looking forward to seeing their contributions. Oh well, maybe they’re just really busy.

Library 2.011 – Pottermore and school libraries: multiliteracies at work

I am very pleased and proud to present “Pottermore and school libraries: multiliteracies at work” at the Library 2.011 conference this time tomorrow (7pm AEST).

I’ll be looking at J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore website and how the multi- and transliteracies work hand-in-hand.

The link to my session is here. Kind thanks to Steve Hargadon and the volunteers organisers of this incredible online conference.

The recording link is here. I would have loved to have been able to embed my presentation here, but permission from Pottermore has not yet arrived (they were kind enough to give me permission for the images on my wiki). Rest assured, as soon as permission arrives (I’m sure they’re kind of busy at the moment), I’ll put the presentation up.

A big thanks to my moderator Mardi, for whom my presentation occurred in the middle of the night and to Steve Hargadon, a giant among educators.


1 November 2014 Please note that Wikispaces has changed their policy regarding charging non educational sites. As I couldn’t honestly describe the Pottermorewiki as truly educational, I had to let it go.

7 Sept 2011 The last few weeks I’ve been busy working my way through the wonderful material on the Beta release of J.K. Rowling’s Pottermore digital experience. I was one of a small(ish) number to gain early entry.

Pottermore is fun for all ages, but as a teacher librarian, I can really see the way it promotes transliteracy; multiple literacies such as reading, media, social media and gaming all in one.

While reading about the amazing Halo wiki in Jane McGonigal’s Reality is broken, I was inspired to start my own Pottermore wiki. I am currently waiting on permission to add screenshots as the site is not yet in its final state or open to everyone at the moment. However, I would love people to join me and help add material to the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone section (the only book that is ‘live’ on Pottermore at present) of the wiki. Any assistance on potions and wizard duels would also be great. Please request access to the Pottermorewiki if you’d like to join in.