Wikimedia’s flagship campaign to strengthen citations calls on librarians to help add references to articles this month. To get involved, check out the #1Lib1Ref campaign page. Ways to take part include:
- Host a “Coffee Hour” event, where you and your colleagues gather for an hour to learn how to add a reference and talk about Wikipedia’s evolving role in librarianship
- Help raise awareness and excitement on social media by spreading the hashtag #1lib1ref on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, etc.
- Participate in the campaign and add a citation yourself – further details on identifying articles in need of references and instructions for editing Wikipedia
Libraries planning events include Edinburgh and Bodleian (Oxford). “Wikipedia’s strength is in its references, the source of Wikipedia’s reliability. #1lib1ref is the library community coming together to give us a most precious gift: a citation. We hope the experience of #1lib1ref can provide tools and experience to help librarians critically integrate Wikipedia into the broader research and information literacy landscape.” Jake Orlowitz, Wikipedia Library Team
Are you contributing to the campaign, or have ideas about collaboration between research libraries in the UK and Wikipedia? Contact Fiona Bradley, Deputy Executive Director RLUK: firstname.lastname@example.org