Romania and Moldova report: #1Lib1Ref in Bucharest and Chișinău
- By Gikü
It is January, and it's time to celebrate Wikipedia's 17th birthday. On the occasion, Wikimedians of Romania and Moldova joined other communities around the world in celebration by organizing local events for the #1Lib1Ref global initiative.
Librarians of Bucharest, Romania already had a #1Lib1Ref in 2017. This year, they used the experience and their connections with Wikimedians to organize again a edit-a-thon (or should we say, add-refs-a-thon?). A small number of participants gathered on January 20th, and they managed to add references to couple of dozens of articles, under the hashtag #1Lib1Ref in edit descriptions.
In Chișinău, Moldova, the librarians community got very interested in the initiative, after learning about it from the Wikimedians of Romania and Moldova. The Municipal Library of Chișinău invited 15 librarians from their branches to attend a hands-on presentation on how to add references to books. The event happened at the same time as Bucharest one, and, being a premiere for Moldova, attracted the interest of multiple press organizations, including national TV. This was the biggest collaboration between wikipedians and institutions in Moldova so far. The librarians continued to gather without any Wikimedians' assistance throughout the initiative period.
The event organizers got connected through a video call, and shared their experience on the learned skill. The members of the user group explained the attendees from both cities what other projects are planned for the next year.
Approx. 80 articles have been improved. The librarians committed to use their free time adding more references to problematic articles, with or without the hashtag in edit description.