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Wikipedia Loves Libraries

From Wikimania 2012 • Washington, D.C., USA

Wikipedia Loves Libraries is a general initiative for improved Wikimedia engagement with libraries and archives.


Gutenberg Bible in the New York Public Library

"Librarians and Wikipedians are two groups separated by common goals"

~Merrilee Proffitt

The point is to continue to build momentum for the Wikipedia Loves Libraries initiative. We will convene previously-participating and new Librarians and Wikipedians in the Washington D.C. area to steer direction and brainstorm new project ideas. There will be a Workshop for Librarians on some of the secret tricks that can be used to become information literate in Wikipedia.


Max Klein expounding some results
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Time Activity Who Note
1-1:30pm Workshop: Behind the secret door: Wikipedia Information Literacy Tricks for Librarians Max Klein Intended for Librarians (Optional for Wikipedians)
1:30-1:40 Introduction: State of the GLAM Lori Phillips
1:40-2:10 Presentation: Perspective: A Wikipedian reflects on time in the archives Q Miceli, former Technical Services student worker at Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton University
2:10-2:30 Presentation: Perspective: A Librarian reflects on working with a Wikipedian Karen Weiss, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
2:30-3:00 Break with Snack Circus snacks!
3:00-3:20 Presentation: Joint Perspective on creating Wikipedia the Musical Richard Knipel and Bob Kosovsky
3:20-4:00 Discussion: kicked off by lightning round style presentations All Participants


  • Title: Behind The Secret Door: Wikipedia Information Literacy for Librarians

Presenter Information: Max Klein is the Wikipedian in Residence at OCLC Research

Librarians are domain experts in classic information literacy, and much of that expertise can be applied to Wikipedia if only one knows where to click. Without even learning how to edit, there are a plethora of useful tools built into - and onto - Wikipedia that can help you understand more about the articles. With this workshop you will learn to view and understand: the complete revision history of an article, the discussion taking place on the content, the quality rating of an article, the viewership statistics, which other articles link to it, and Wikipedia's category system. Plus you'll have the opportunity to ask questions in a supportive environment.

Roundtable Discussion Agenda

  • Participant suggestions first, if necessary fall back to:
  • Special collections exposure
  • Authority Control in Wikipedia
    • by way of VIAF
    • in other ways.
  • Matchmaking for more Wikipedians in Residence (one at every library?)
    • Turning librarians into (the equivalent of?) Wikipedians in Residences
  • Wikipedians in Residence for Libraries without Special Collections?
  • Librarians as Ambassadors?
  • How to prioritize collections/topics?
  • Making the most of international topic links between collections?
  • QRpedia in libraries
  • Overcoming resistance to open-licensing images

When and Where?

Wednesday 11th of July 2012 from 1pm-4pm.

International Brotherhood of Teamsters Labor History Research Center

Gelman Library room 702

George Washington University

2130 H St. NW Washington, DC 20052

Metro: Foggy Bottom


Wikipedia Editathon at the British Library, January 2011.
  • Librarians ranging from those who have no Wikipedia experience, to those with lots of experience.
  • Wikipedians wanting to collaborate with Libraries, and suggest ideas.


Sign below if you know how or email mcnicolj at oclc dot org

--Dimi z (talk) 04:01, 10 July 2012 (UTC)[reply]