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India’s Wikimedia communities adapt the Wikipedia Library to their own contexts

Community Wikipedia Library

Wikipedia’s article on the culture of India notes that the country contains “thousands of distinct and unique … languages, religion [and] customs [that] differ from place to place within the country.” To bring the vast knowledge of these many differing cultures to the world requires volunteers who both understand individual languages, religions and cultures of….

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1Lib1Ref spreads to the Southern Hemisphere and beyond

GLAM Wikipedia Library

#1Lib1Ref is an annual campaign where librarians and other contributors to Wikipedia add references to improve statements with the ultimate objective of improving the reliability of Wikipedia. In 2018, the Iberocoop Network participated in the #1lib1ref campaign (1bib1ref in Spanish) in Latin America. The campaign ran for three weeks in May 2018, to commemorate the….

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Using librarianship to create a more equitable internet: LGBTQ+ advocacy as a wiki-librarian

Community From the archives GLAM Wikipedia Wikipedia Library

An interview with wiki-librarian and Wikimedia LGBTQ+ organizer Rachel Wexelbaum, discussing the role of librarians for bringing greater diversity to Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects.

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In Cote d’Ivoire, partnering with libraries provides opportunities

From the archives GLAM Wikipedia Library

Local volunteers from Wikimedia Community User Group Côte d'Ivoire are partnering with librarians to create an active and vibrant community.

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Celebrate Wikipedia’s birthday by joining your local library in the #1Lib1Ref campaign

From the archives GLAM Wikipedia Wikipedia Library

The annual #1lib1ref campaign asks librarians to add a citation to a reliable source to Wikipedia—and it's easy to get involved.

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You can now add automatically generated citations to millions of books on Wikipedia

Communications From the archives GLAM Wikipedia Wikipedia Library

Wikipedia editors can now draw on WorldCat, the world’s largest database of books, to generate citations on Wikipedia thanks to a collaboration between OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) and the Wikimedia Foundation's Wikipedia Library program.

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Wikipedia builds a digital library system

Foundation From the archives GLAM Wikipedia Wikipedia Library

Through the Wikipedia Library program, the resources available to Wikipedians continue to grow, allowing these editors to use the best sources available to improve Wikipedia.

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Engaging librarians (and others) through social technologies: A #1lib1ref think-piece

Foundation From the archives GLAM Wikipedia Library

This campaign was more than an outreach effort: it helped us to explore new technologies that facilitate diverse communities to participate in Wikipedia. To support a clear call to action for librarians, we incorporated three social technologies to grow the campaign: social media, hashtags (both inside and outside of Wikipedia), and microcontributions. Together they helped us share an inviting and compelling story of collaboration between Wikipedia and libraries.

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Writing an open-access encyclopedia in a closed-access world

From the archives Wikipedia Wikipedia Library

On Friday, Elsevier, one of the world’s largest academic publishers, announced its recent partnership with the Wikipedia Library—a program that helps editors access reliable sources to improve Wikipedia. The collaboration gave 45 ScienceDirect accounts to Wikipedia volunteers, to use the database’s scholarly literature for research when writing and editing the encyclopedia. The announcement led to….

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What happens when you give a Wikipedia editor a research library?

Community Education From the archives Wikipedia Wikipedia Library

The Wikipedia Visiting Scholars program gives editors special access to university and library resources, which helps them improve content quality and support new collaborations, as part of the Wikipedia Library project.

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