I attended the Society of California Archivists conference this past Saturday and discussed with my Preservation Management teacher, Vicky McCargar, part of a session on Thursday about social media and digital collections. She shared with me the tools highlighted in the session that she had made note of. I reviewed one that seemed like a neat tool called Tiki Toki through which you can make timelines.
Outside of the timelines shared on the homepage as examples of how to use the site, you cannot view or search for timelines there. I resorted to conducting a Google search for “tiki toki library” and retrieved some examples of library related timelines. Of the sites I looked at, my favorite timeline was developed by ALA for Banned Books Week.
Other information organizations with timelines include the Metro Transportation Library and Archive, the Weinberg Memorial Library, and the Salinas Public Library. Some of the examples link to their organizations’ websites through their timelines but I was unable to find any of the organizations link to the timelines through their websites.
Not only can Tiki Toki be used to display the history of an organization, it can also be used to share and highlight an information organization’s collections. Timelines can be made public or private. The tool is integrated with YouTube and Vimeo allowing for the display of videos. Categories of events can be color coded as was done with the Weinberg Memorial Library timeline. They can be embedded onto a website as well as available for group contributions. To allow for multiple people to work on a timeline, they have to be provided with a password. Unfortunately, access to features is determined by the subscription level and the free service is limited. The ability to embed the timeline onto a website as well as group editing requires at least a five dollar monthly fee. In addition, the amount of embedded views per month and the number of timelines that can be created under one account is also limited and based on your subscription rate. These associated costs may have something to do with why I could not find links to the timelines on the websites of the organizations in the examples.
Here is a short YouTube video about Tiki Toki.