Grants:Project/Rapid/1LIB1REF Campaign at Western Libraries/Report
There were three stated goals for the 1LIB1REF Campaign at Western Libraries. We have met and exceeded our expectations with this project.
- Recruit new editors
- Add or improve citation content in Wikipedia articles
- Promote Wiki Tuesday's and ongoing editor contributions through this space
As a result of this project 17 new editors joined Wikipedia and together we added 350 citations to Wikipedia articles. We were able to promote the monthly Wiki Tuesday meetup at Western University, and increase attendees. There were 15 attendees at our February meetup, which is the most attendees we have had to date. Many of them had never been to a Wiki Tuesday meetup before or edited on the platform.
The original project targets were:
- Number of events: 3
- Number of participants: 20 (5 more than last year)
- Number of new editors: 5
- Number of of articles created or improved: 100
- Number of repeat participants (for projects that include a series of events): 15
Throughout the project we held three events that attracted a total of 32 participants. Of these participants 17 had never before edited Wikipedia. In addition, 11 of participants were repeat participants from Western Libraries 1Lib1Ref campaign in 2019.
|Target outcome||Achieved outcome||Explanation|
|To host three #1Lib1Ref events at Western University.||Three #1Lib1Ref events were held at Western University.||
|To attract 20 participants (5 more participants than last year)||32 participants||As shown in the event Dashboard, we had 32 editors sign up to participate in this project.|
|To attract 5 new Wikipedia editors throughout the project||As a result of this project, 17 new editors have joined Wikipedia||Based on a review of the user contributions for editors who joined the project Dashboard, 17 new editors signed up as Wikipedia editors in order to participate in the 1LIB1REF Campaign at Western Libraries.
|To add more than 100 citations to Wikipedia during the project||We added 350 citations to Wikipedia during the project||As shown in the event Dashboard, we added 350 citations during this project.|
|To have 15 repeat participants||11 repeat participants||In a comparison of 1Lib1Ref CAN19 UWO Dashboard and Western University Libraries 2020 Dashboard, it is noted that we had 11 repeat participants.|
What worked well:
- Having food and refreshments to entice participation
- Hosting a series of events to provide more opportunity for busy academics to participate
- Creating a good meetup page for participants to consult
What did not work so well:
- Having only one experienced Wikimedia editor to lead the event was difficult because the event attracted so many new editors
What we would do differently next time:
- Have at least two Wikimedia editors available to help new editors at the event
- Contact Wikipedia in advance to ensure that multiple accounts can be created at the venue IP address during the event
Grant funds spent
This project was provided with 500 USD (662.86 CAD) in grant monies in order to provide refreshments during the 1Lib1Ref campaign at Western Libraries. These funds were spent as follows:
|Event date||Refreshments provided||Cost|
|January 15, 2020||Fresh fruit platter, mini doughnuts, cookies, coffee, tea, soft drinks||194.00 CAD|
|January 22, 2020||Fresh fruit platter, mini doughnuts, cookies, coffee, tea, soft drinks||194.00 CAD|
|February 4, 2020||Pita & flatbread with assorted dips, vegetable platter, fruit platter, mini doughnuts, cookies, coffee, tea, soft drinks||262.00 CAD|
Of the 662.86 CAD in grant monies provided through Wikimedia, we spent 650 CAD, which means there is 12.86 CAD remaining.
Wiki Tuesday is planning a one year anniversary party to celebrate our efforts to build a Wikimedia meetup on campus. We would like to use the remaining funds on this party, or to provide coffee at one of our monthly meetups.
As part of this project Western University joined a friendly competition between academic libraries in Canada to see who could add the most citations to Wikipedia during the Winter #1Lib1Ref 2020 campaign. Western University is proud to report that we placed #4 in this competition! (See the results here)