Who is thewikiman?

thewikiman is the nom-de-2.0 of Ned Potter - I can alternatively be found online as theREALwikiman, on those platforms (such as Twitter and Youtube) where someone else got there first and snagged the name. There is also someone called The Wiki Man (seperate words) who works in advertising.

I've been involved with various projects (including writing a book) which you can read about on the Projects page. Dates of upcoming talks, presentations and training can be found on the Presentations page.

Other places in which he can sometimes be found online include:

... and most importantly of all, the blog elsewhere on this site.


You can contact me here.

various biogs for different types of event


Ned Potter is an academic librarian at the University of York. He speaks and writes on the subjects of marketing and emerging technologies, and has provided marketing expertise for clients as diverse as Bodleian Libraries and the Latvian Ministry of Culture. He has won various awards including being named as a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in the Marketing category, and he is the author of the Library Marketing Toolkit published by Facet Publishing in 2012. He can be found online at www.librarymarketingtoolkit.com

Presentation skills:

Ned Potter is an Academic Liaison Librarian at the University of York, as well as a trainer and presenter. His slide-decks have been ‘Featured Presentations’ on Slideshare’s homepage several times and have reached over a quarter of a million people. His guides to Prezi are promoted by Prezi themselves, he is part of the Prezi Pioneer programme and has just completed his role as Technical Reviewer for the book Mastering Prezi for Business Presentations. Ned is also the author of the Library Marketing Toolkit from Facet Publishing, and has given training for the British Library, Bodleian Libraries, and the Latvian Ministry of Culture among others. He can be found online at www.thewikiman.org

General (long):

Ned Potter works for the University of York Library, as an Academic Liaison Librarian in the Arts and Humanities; previous roles at the University of Leeds Library centered around Digitisation, including the JISC funded LIFE-SHARE Project.

He has a BA in Philosophy / English and an MA in Music, both from York, and an MSc in Information & Library Management, from Northumbria. In 2010 Ned founded LISNPN, a network for New Professionals in Librarianship which now has over 1600 members from 60 countries around the world. With Laura Woods he helped instigate the Echo Chamber movement to try and get library voices better heard beyond the profession, and set up the Library Routes Project to document the paths through librarianship of over 150 information professionals.

In 2011 he collaborated with 3 other librarians to set up the Buy India a Library project, which in just 2 weeks crowd-sourced funds enough to build a permanent library in one of the poorest parts of India, as well as four mobile libraries to travel around Africa. In one heady 24hr period later that year he was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker and a winner of a Special Libraries Association Early Career Conference Award.

Across 2011 Ned authored the Library Marketing Toolkit, published by Facet Publishing / Neal Schuman in 2012. It has been number 1 in the Amazon Library charts on both sides of the Atlantic. The website to accompany the book, which also features a marketing blog, is at www.librarymarketingtoolkit.com.

In 2012 Ned became a trainer for the British Library and the UK Electronic Information Group, and has provided marketing expertise for diverse clients such as the Bodleian Libaries and the Latvian Ministry of Culture.

Ned enjoys drumming, and writing about himself in the third-person. His main website can be found at www.thewikiman.org.