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The 4th African Librarians Week which is an integral part of the global 1Librarian 1Reference campaign has brought African librarians together every last part of May since 2020. The African Librarians Week is anchored by AfLIA . This year's campaign will run from 14th - 26th May, 2023. The theme for 2023 is - African Knowledge to the World.
Creating awareness about African Librarians Week 2023

African librarians will use that opportunity to fill knowledge gaps about Africa and Africans on Wikipedia by adding missing citations, enriching articles and making corrections where necessary to ensure that African knowledge in Wikipedia is accurate and up to date. Using the hashtag #AfLibWk as well as #1Lib1Ref,

The 2023 African librarians Week also offers the African Library sector a unique opportunity to promote the open knowledge ecosystem through Wikipedia and sister projects as that time window calls the attention of everyone within that sector to make African history, culture, ethos, our meanings, and our realities more visible and easily grafted into the global body of knowledge. This year, due to the ongoing course on "Promoting Open Knowledge practices in African Libraries through WikiData", contributions on Wikidata will also be tracked through the use of #AfLIbWk and #1Lib1Ref hashtags.

Events and Participation


A number of activities have been planned to prepare all professionals in the African Library sector to participate fully in the Week whether they have been editing before or if the 2023 African Librarians Week will be their first time to work on Wikipedia and Wikidata. The activities include; a webinar by Silvia Gutiérrez on evaluating the role of Wikimedia projects in opening up knowledge. Other hands-on virtual training will be on Collaborative digital skills for opening up African knowledge through Wikimedia projects in English and French.



Click here to register for all the trainings listed in the table below - https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_rTMKPXZwRvCrYOMBzTZIPw#/registration \jeanpaul.yeswecan/Rwanda


Date & Time Topic + Activity Resource Person Link to recording
Monday, 17th April, 2023 @ 1pm GMT Open knowledge, Wikimedia projects and the African library sector
  • power structures behind the creation and dissemination of knowledge
  • global schemes for organization and categorization of knowledge contribute to the near invisibility of African knowledge
  • pathways for using Wikidata to make African knowledge more visible
Silvia Gutiérrez, WMF https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0oaujzgFYVA
Tuesday, 2nd May, 2023 @ 9.30am GMT

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Collaborative digital skills for opening up African knowledge through Wikimedia projects Pt1 (English)
  • a hands-on training on how to create articles on Wikipedia and items on Wikidata
  • fundamentals for newbies as well as dives into the deep end for those who want to understand more how these platforms can be professionally used in libraries to better open up African knowledge stored in library books to the world
Alice Kibombo https://youtu.be/nUCaymCyI80
Wednesday, 3rd May, 2023 @ 9.30am GMT (FR)

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Compétences numériques collaboratives pour l'ouverture des connaissances africaines à travers des projets Wikimédia pour les pays francophones 1

Il s'agira d'une formation pratique sur la façon de créer des articles sur Wikipédia et des éléments sur Wikidata. Il comprendra les bases pour les débutants ainsi que des plongées dans les profondeurs pour ceux qui veulent mieux comprendre comment ces plateformes peuvent être utilisées professionnellement dans les bibliothèques pour mieux ouvrir au monde les connaissances africaines stockées dans les livres de bibliothèque,

Abel Mbula
Tuesday, 9th May, 2023 @ 9.30am GMT (English)

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Collaborative digital skills for opening up African knowledge through Wikimedia projects Pt2
  • continuation of the hands-on training,
  • introduction of the dashboard for the 2023 African Librarians Week and
  • possible prizes to be won
Alice Kibombo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qa1feOWrjBga
Wednesday, 10th May, 2023 @ 9.30am GMT (FR)

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Compétences numériques collaboratives pour l'ouverture des connaissances africaines à travers des projets Wikimédia pour les pays francophones 2 Abel Mbula
Vendredi 19 Mai 2023 à 10H00 GMT (FR)

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Comprendre l'environnement Wikimedia : ajout de source sur l'Afrique en pratique
  • comment fonctionne Wikimedia et ses projets ?
  • l'intérêt d'intégrer Wikipédia dans les bibliothèques africaines
  • l'importance des sources sur Wikipédia
  • Pratique: correction d'articles avec les participants
Ourytima Adoscam
Mardi 23 Mai 2023 à 10H00 GMT (FR)

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Wikidata pour l'accès aux données en Afrique : comment ça marche
  • Wikidata et son intéret pour les sciences de l'information documentaire,
  • Wikidata et les données liées
  • Wikidata en pratique
AdjoEsse René Bile
Saturday, June 3, 2023

Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Venue: Benin Excellence Library of Godomey, Abomey-Calavi, Bénin

  • Introduction to Wikipedia its editorial rules and other projects discovery
  • first contributions Added reliable and relevant sources to Wikipedia and Wikidata articles
  • Creation of new articles on Wikipedia and Wikidata
  • A better understanding of citations and reliable sources on Wikimedia projects.
  • Uploading images on Commons
Adoscam) (Wikimédiens du Bénin User Group Wikimédiens du Bénin User Group/1Lib1Ref Benin Mai Juin 2023

AfLibWk 4.0 Training in Nigeria

Date & Time Topic + Activity Resource Person Link to Session
Wednesday, 10th May, 2023 @ 10am WAT Introduction to Wikidata
  • Introduction to Wikidata items and properties
  • Creating and editing Wikidata items
  • pathways for using Wikidata to make African knowledge more visible
Ugwulebo; Inyor4mr; Meritkosy https://meet.google.com/sdt-onns-kyt
Friday, 12th May, 2023 @ 6pm WAT Introduction to Wikipedia
  • Key information about Wikipedia viz-a-viz the pillars of Wikipedia
  • Adding citation to Wikipedia articles
  • Adding sections, categories, info boxes to Wikipedia articles
Omorodion1; Atibrarian; Ngostary2k; Ifakainazu https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81376521655?pwd=RkE1aTVhUTBzTTZOb2hmUlhWL2w2UT09
Saturday, 13th May, 2023 @ 6pm WAT Understanding the Wikimedia Commons and Creative Commons Licenses
  • Introduction to Creative Commons licenses
  • Searching and Using of freely licensed Images and videos from Wikimedia Commons
  • Uploading images on Commons
  • Categorizing images in Wikimedia Commons
  • Using images on Wikimedia Common in Wikipedia pages
Omorodion1; Ngostary2k; Temilolub.52021; Obuezie https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81376521655?pwd=RkE1aTVhUTBzTTZOb2hmUlhWL2w2UT09
A physical training on wikipedia wikidata and wikicommons shall take place on 16th May 2023 at E-Learning Library, Department of petroleum Resources, Federal Polytechnic Tude wuda, Kaduna - Nigeria
African Librarians Week 4.0 Nigeria training
this physical awareness of African Librarians Week 4.0 was successful at department of mining and Petroleum resources with 39 participants, Wikipedia and wikidata was the project. 15 new account were created and become editors. It's was a success with the support of LKsalati and Zmu'az4Z.

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African Librarians Week always has Champions who are integral to the success of this campaign. These are librarians from all over the continent who choose to drive awareness creation about the campaign in their countries, mobilize their communities to participate, run training and generally stand and represent their countries.
Country champions for African librarians week 2023

Please write your user name and the country you are representing under this sentence if you are standing as a champion for your country. SHARON MALEL Kenya

Ifakainazu (talk) Nigeria

Olabisi11 (talk) Nigeria

Ngostary2k (talk) Nigeria

DTOKthatIAm (talk) Nigeria

Obuezie (talk) Nigeria

Temilolub.52021 (User Talk: Temilolub.52021) Nigeria

Omorodion1 (talk) Nigeria

Inyor4mr (talk) 08:35, 2 May 2023 (UTC)Nigeria [reply]

Odomero2711 (talk) Nigeria

NarkieJ (talk) Ghana

LynnJibril (talk) Botswana

Azabbel (talk)

Ajakaye.bukade (talk) 10:18, 2 May 2023 (UTC) [reply]

AKibombo (talk) 10:17, 2 May 2023 (UTC) [reply]

Jeanpaul.yeswecan (talk) Rwanda 11:12, 3 May 2023 (UTC) [reply]

Username: phanerosis

Sywar Ayachi (talk) 10:25, 2 May 2023 (UTC) [reply]

Tebhogho (talk) Botswana

Judy Unbrake (talk) Nigeria

Atibrarian (talk) Nigeria

Sindiept (talk) 16:25, 2 May 2023 (UTC) Zimbabwe 🇿🇼[reply]

Sichelesile (talk) Zimbabwe

Ugwulebo (talk) Nigeria

Ourytima (talk) Sénégal

AdjoEsse (talk) Sénégal et

Mugisha23 (talk) Rwanda 11:40, 3 May 2023 (UTC) [reply]

IngridThomson (talk) South Africa

ARIANE DJEUPANG J. (talk)Cameroon

Ngozi osadebe (talk) Nigeria

Azogbonon (talk) Bénin

Charbel1719 (talk) Bénin

Flonews (talk) Bénin

Alero123 (talk) Nigeria

Meritkosy (talk) Nigeria

Victoria2110 (talk)Nigeria

Alfani Franck (talk) DRC 🇨🇩

Martin Hipangwa (talk)Namibia

Shikoha Tautiko (talk)Namibia

Tulela22 (talk)Namibia

Mndetatsin (talk)Cameroon

BalukuBrian (talk) 13:23, 09 May 2023 (UTC) [reply]

Almaddy22 (talk) 4:01, 11 May 2023

Macholi (talk) 20:34, 12 May 2023 (UTC) [reply]

favourchioms (talk) 7.32, 12 May 2023

Activities in different countries


Are you running any training in-country or virtually for African Librarians Week, 2023?

Please add a sub-section here and write about it. Also include the links for anyone who may wish to join online. Add pictures of your training too!



Sign up on the dashboard so that your edits can be tracked. Please ensure that you use the hashtags #AfLibWk and #1Lib1Ref so that the dashboard can capture your edits.

Sign up on the dashboard here: https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/courses/AfLIA/African_Librarians_Week_2023_-_AfLibWk_4.0_1Lib1Ref_(May_2023)/

Get started

link 5 minutes
Step 1: Create Wikipedia account or Log in to Wikipedia
Step 2: Join the Outreach Dashboard

Choose one of the activities

Improve and expand an article Help make improvements to articles on Wikipedia. link 20 minutes
Create a new Wikipedia article Choose a person or thing you want to write a new Wikipedia article about. link 60 minutes

Extra activities

Share! Share your contribution in social media. Use #AfLibWk and #1Lib1Ref as hashtag. link 5 minutes
Upload to Commons! Upload your event photos under a free license on Wikimedia Commons. link 10 minutes