January 20, 2017

Wikipedia: 1 Librarian, 1 Reference

IMG_0977.JPGThe Wikipedia Library is a project that aims to marshall library-licensed resources for Wikipedia editors so that they can add authoritative citations to Wikipedia articles. There are a number of things that they do, but an essential one is that they have arranged to make a number of article databases behind paywalls available to Wikipedia editors.

The important thing at the moment is that they are organizing a week for librarians the world over to become involved by adding one reference to one Wikipedia article of their choice. Dubbed “1 Librarian 1 Reference“, it is scheduled for January 15-23, the idea is that since librarians typically already have access to licensed databases, we could easily enhance any Wikipedia article of our choice with citations to primary sources. What’s not to like about that?

Meanwhile, the largest aggregation of librarians in the world outside of ALA Annual just happens to be going on later this week, before the Wikipedia event. So the Wikipedia Library kindly produced stickers to help us promote this event at ALA Midwinter in Boston (see pic, where I used it to cover a facial blemish — you can use them however you like).

These stickers will be available from me, and also at the OCLC (my employer) and National Library of Medicine booths in the Exhibit Hall. Hit me up, or stop by one of the booths. Even better, participate!

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Roy Tennant About Roy Tennant

Roy Tennant is a Senior Program Officer for OCLC Research. He is the owner of the Web4Lib and XML4Lib electronic discussions, and the creator and editor of Current Cites, a current awareness newsletter published every month since 1990. His books include "Technology in Libraries: Essays in Honor of Anne Grodzins Lipow" (2008), "Managing the Digital Library" (2004), "XML in Libraries" (2002), "Practical HTML: A Self-Paced Tutorial" (1996), and "Crossing the Internet Threshold: An Instructional Handbook" (1993). Roy wrote a monthly column on digital libraries for Library Journal for a decade and has written numerous articles in other professional journals. In 2003, he received the American Library Association's LITA/Library Hi Tech Award for Excellence in Communication for Continuing Education. Follow him on Twitter @rtennant.