Grants:Programs/Wikimedia Community Fund/Rapid Fund/WikiLovesLibrariesNigeria (ID: 21979798)

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proposed start date2022-11-30
proposed end date2022-12-31
grant start date2022-11-30T00:00:00Z
grant end date2022-12-31T00:00:00Z
budget (local currency)942000 NGN
budget (USD)2200 USD
amount recommended (USD)2200
grant typeIndividual
funding regionSSA
decision fiscal year2022-23
applicant• Bukky658
organization (if applicable)• N/A
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Applicant Details[edit]

Please provide your main Wikimedia Username.


Please provide the Usernames of people related to this proposal.
  • Akibombo
  • Ugwulebo
  • Olani Olabimpe


Are you a member of any Wikimedia affiliate or group, including informal groups like Wiki Fan Clubs, emerging language communities, not recognized Wikimedia groups etc.? Please list them all.

Wikimedia Nigeria User Group Kwara State University Wikimedia Fan Club Wikimedia of Sustainable Development Goal Nigeria GLAM+Wiki

Grant Proposal[edit]

M. Please state the title of your proposal. This will also be the Meta-Wiki page title.


Q. Indicate if it is a local, international, or regional proposal and if it involves several countries? (optional)


Q2. If you have answered regional or international, please write the country names and any other information that is useful for understanding your proposal.

R. If you would like, please share any websites or social media accounts that your group or organization has.

1. What is the change that you are trying to bring about and why is this important.

There is inadequate content about the various types of Libraries in Nigeria on Wikipedia and the existing list of Libraries in Nigeria does not reflect the actual statistics of public, academic, national, private, research libraries in Nigeria with reference to a research conducted in 2019, and the existing nominal list of libraries published by the National Library of Nigeria in 2019. It is also discovered that there is an incomplete categorization of libraries, library associations, Nigerian librarians, and librarianship professors. More so, out of the 170 academic libraries identified on Wikipedia only a few have an article on Wikipedia. This is not different from the available list of notable librarians in Nigeria. In a query carried out on Wikidata query builder for notable Librarians in Nigeria, the result indicated only 124 and 478 libraries with a lot of missing statements that can assist researchers and readers. This project will help correct and improve;

  • the incomplete categorization of the different types of Libraries, Library associations, Librarians, and Librarianship professors in Nigeria.
  • articles about the different types of Libraries (National, Public, Academic, Research, Private, and School), Library associations, and professors of Librarianship in Nigeria.
  • the existing Wikidata items about libraries, Library associations, and librarians in Nigeria.

This project will;

  • Enable Librarians and Library students to become content creators on Wikipedia other than being retrievers, disseminators, and verifiers of information on Wikipedia and wikidata.
2. Describe your main approaches or strategies to achieve these changes and why you think they will be effective.
  • Recruiting 15 new and existing editors from Library schools, Library associations, and all types of libraries in Nigeria to allow all representatives from all identified areas for improvement to participate in this project.
  • Created a documentation page for the project containing a comprehensive analysis of the campaign and a list of articles /items on Libraries, Librarians, and Library Associations to work on for easy access to the articles.
  • Increasing awareness of Wikimedia projects and the current problem among Nigerian librarians. 50% of participants may be familiar with English Wikipedia and Wikidata, but they may be unaware of all the shortcomings of existing articles on Libraries and Librarians in Nigeria on Wikipedia and Wikidata, highlighting the need for this approach.
  • Training participants on how to contribute to the various Wikimedia projects that the training focuses on; create Wikipedia account, understand the core content policies, understand general editing principles, perform minor edits, create categories, expand articles about Libraries and Librarians in Nigeria, and create articles using article creation Wizard on Wikipedia.
  • Training participants on how to run queries to know the existing data gaps on Wikidata about the different types of Libraries, Library associations, and Librarians in Nigeria.
  • Train participants on how to create and improve items about Libraries, Library associations, and notable Librarians in Nigeria on Wikidata.
  • Use outreach dashboard, hashtag tools, and article listing methods to track editors' contributions and also provide one on one support for editors.
  • Giving out prizes to the top 6 contributors as incentives to motivate them at the end of the campaign.
3. What are the activities you will be developing and delivering as part of these approaches or strategies?

The first implementation of the WikiLovesLibrariesNigeria campaign will run for a period of one month to introduce, train and improve articles/items about libraries and Librarians on Wikipedia, Wikidata, and Wikicommons.

The strategies that will be adopted in carrying out the project will include:

1. Two (2) days of an in-person (physical) workshop for chartered practicing librarians in the different types of Libraries, Library associations, and Library science students in Nigeria. And regular one-on-one support for the contributors (new /existing editors) during the physical training.
2. Two (2) series of online follow-up training during the campaign to properly equip them with needed skills about how to edit on Wikipedia, Wikidata, and Wikicommons.
4. Are your activities part of a Wikimedia movement campaign or event? If so, please select the relevant campaign below. If so, please select all the relevant campaigns from the list below. If "other", please state which.

Not applicable

5. Do you have the team that is needed to implement this proposal?
  • Bukky658( Project lead): is a fellow of Wikipedian in African Libraries, and the first Certified Trainer of the Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom program in Nigeria. She has led several projects among which include: Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom Kwara, Nigeria, 1Lib1Ref Kwara 2022, WikiGLAM Awareness for Librarians in Kwara State, and Wikidata for Libraries and notable Librarians in Kwara State. Co-organiser Wikipedia awareness for Library and Information Students in Nigeria, Wikidata for novelists and their novels, and the founder of the Wikimedia Fan Club, Kwara State University.
  • AKibombo (Facilitator): She is an experienced Wikimedian and Librarian. A member of the Community User Group Uganda and have engaged in a number Wikimedia programs since 2016 in various capacities including but not limited to : a database manager for Uganda for Loves Women, a mentor for series of project and have ran a number of 1Lib1Ref programs in East Africa and regularly participated in WikiGap.
  • Ugwulebo (Facilitator):is a librarian, researcher and the co-founder of the Port Harcourt Wikimedia Hub. He is an experienced Wikimedian who has organized several Wikimedia projects in Nigeria. He will facilitate this project. He has also been involved in other climate related projects in Nigeria and beyond.
  • Olani Olabimpe (Advisor and resource person)- Wikimedian with over 30 years of experience as a library administrator and director at the National Library of Nigeria Kwara State Branch. She is also the chairman of the Nigerian Library Association Kwara State chapter. She has also participated in competitions and campaigns such as 1Lib1Ref2020, WikiAflib 1Lib1Ref 2021, and local in-person meetup Wikimania for the Wikimedians of Sustainable Development in Nigeria 2022.
6. Please state if your proposal aims to work to bridge any of the identified CONTENT knowledge gaps (Knowledge Inequity)? Select up to THREE that most apply to your work.

Content Gender gap, Geography, Other global topics for impact (topics considered to be of global importance)

6.1 In a few sentences, explain how your work is specifically addressing this content gap (or Knowledge inequity) to ensure a greater representation of knowledge.

The content of the campaign will prioritise bridging the information gap by updating and expanding existing articles and creating new articles about libraries, library associations, and notable Librarians in Nigeria, while documenting them on English Wikipedia, Wikidata, and Wikicommons to promote knowledge equity in line with the Wikimedia movement's strategic direction.

7. Please state if your proposal includes any of these areas or THEMATIC focus. Select up to THREE that most apply to your work and explain the rationale for identifying these themes.

Culture, heritage or GLAM , Advocacy, Open Technology

8. Will your work focus on involving participants from any underrepresented communities?

Gender Identity, Geographic , Ethnic/racial/religious or cultural background, Disabilities, Linguistic / Language, Socioeconomic status, Age, Digital Access

9. Who are the target participants and from which community? How will you engage participants before and during the activities? How will you follow up with participants after the activities?
  • This campaign is targeted at the chartered practicing Librarians and Students of Library and Information Science in Nigeria.
  • During the campaign planning stage, we hope to create awareness before implementation for Libraries, Librarians and Library Science students by paying a visit to some of the institutions, chairmen of the library associations in Nigeria, and creating awareness about the project on various social media platforms which they belong.
  • The call for participation will be done through various social media platforms using E-posters, and banners to promote the program online. All Participants will be sent an online form to get their data for proper documentation.
  • During the project, I and my team member will be actively involved in facilitating the training and also making sure that the participants get the act and art of contributing to Wikipedia and its’ sister’s projects; Wikidata, and WikiCommons.
  • Also, the training is set to have 2 physical and online training/ Edithatons to ensure that editors are properly guided on how to bridge the knowledge and content gap across various Wikimedia projects during the editing contest.
  • To ensure the sustainability of the project, After the events, participants will be recruited to the existing Wikibrarian group and the various Wikimedia user groups, this will keep them updated and encourage more librarian’s participation during wiki events. Participants will be added to the existing messaging channel for follow-up, updates, questions, etc. These participants would also be invited to future events.
10. In what ways are you actively seeking to contribute towards creating a safer, supportive, more equitable environment for participants?

The Wikimedia events' general friendly space policy will be summarised and read at the start of each event to remind participants and organisers of the importance of a friendly space policy. In addition, the following 24 hours hotline will be made available throughout the physical event; organisers, local venue security, law enforcement officers, local sexual assault hotline, local emergency, and non-emergency medical services, and local taxi companies will be available.  

11. Please tell us about how you have let your Wikimedia communities know about the planned activities and this proposal. Use this space to describe the processes you carried out to make the community more involved in planning this proposal. Please link the on-wiki community discussion(s) around the proposals.

I have informed them at the Wikimedia User Group Nigeria for their suggestions and inputs. The link can be found here :

12. Are you aware of other Rapid Fund proposals in your local group, community, or region that are being submitted and that align with your proposed project?


If yes:

12.1 Did you explore the possibility of doing a joint proposal with other leaders in your group?
12.2 How will this joint proposal allow you to have better results?
13. Will you be working with other external, non-Wikimedia partners to implement this proposal? Required.


13.1 Please describe these partnerships and what motivates the potential partner to be part of the proposal and how they add value to your work.

The potential partners for this campaign include Heads of Library Departments, the Chairman of the Nigerian Library Association chapters, and the executives of the Nigerian Library and Information Science Students Associations. This partnership is crucial for the increased participation of Librarians in Nigeria through advocacy, mobilization, and communication. It will enable access to accurate information materials from the various libraries' collections and the online databases for the campaign.

14. In what ways do you think your proposal most contributes to the Movement Strategy 2030 recommendations. Select a maximum of THREE options that most apply.

Increase the Sustainability of Our Movement, Improve User Experience, Coordinate Across Stakeholders, Identify Topics for Impact

Learning, Sharing, and Evaluation[edit]

15. What do you hope to learn from your work in this fund proposal?

The main questions that we hope to have answered after completing the project are:

  • What is their perception of Wikipedia?
  • What are the best metrics to be used in measuring the outcome of the campaign?
  • Did the campaign meet the expectations of the participants?
  • I hope to learn from participants how to improve my community engagements and prioritize skills, which will improve editor contributions and the sustainability of new editors in various Wikimedia projects.
  • How to effectively improve content gaps on Wikipedia and its sister's project.
  • I hope to learn how to coordinate and manage participants in campaign focusing on specific content gaps.
16. Based on these learning questions, what is the information or data you need to collect to answer these questions? Please register this information (as metric description) in the following spaces provided.
Main Open Metrics Data
Main Open Metrics Description Target
Number of event We will have a total number of 4 events (online and offline). The events will include editing and article creation on Wikipedia and improving / creating Wikidata items. As well as uploading media files on WikiCommons 4
Number of Newly Recruited Wikimedians At least 50% of the total participants will be new editors 30
Contribution of contents to Wikipedia on topics related to the different types of libraries, library associations, and notable librarians in Nigeria A four weeks closely monitored edit-a-thon will be created that will ensure massive contribution/improvement to Wikipedia, Wikidata and Wikicommons on the identified areas of existing content gaps 350
17. Core quantitative metrics.
Core Metrics Summary
Core metrics Description Target
Number of participants We will be working with 60 Participants which will be made up of Chartered practicing librarians and Students of Library and Information Science in Nigeria and 4 project team members. 34
Number of editors 15 Newly Registered Users (new editors): The number of participants that create new accounts on a Wikimedia project as part of the proposal’s activities, and 15 Returning editors: Editors that are already registered prior to the project activities but participate in editing activities associated with the project. 30
Number of organizers 1 Project Lead, 2 Facilitator, and 1 Advisor/Resource person 4
Number of new content contributions per Wikimedia project
Wikimedia Project Description Target
Wikipedia The total number of citations, Wikilinks, improved, expanded, and/or created articles 100
Wikimedia Commons Uploading freely license pictures of libraries and notable librarians on Wikicommons. 100
Wikidata Creating and updating items on Wikidata about different types of Libraries and notable Librarians in Nigeria on Wikidata. 150
17.1 If for some reason your proposal will not measure these core metrics please provide an explanation.

18. What tools would you use to measure each metric selected? Please refer to the guide for a list of tools. You can also write that you are not sure and need support.

outreach dashboard Hashtag tool

Financial Proposal[edit]

19. & 19.1 What is the amount you are requesting from Wikimedia Foundation? Please provide this amount in your local currency.

942000 NGN

19.2 What is this amount in US Currency (to the best of your knowledge)?

2200 USD

20. Please upload your budget for this proposal or indicate the link to it.

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