Grants:Project/Rapid/1Lib1Ref Edit-a-thon Sessions at University of Ilorin/Report

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Report accepted
This report for a Rapid Grant approved in FY 2017-18 has been reviewed and accepted by the Wikimedia Foundation.


Did you meet your goals? Are you happy with how the project went?

Yes, we were able to actively participate in the #1Lib1Ref campaign. We were able to recruit new editors, increase the skill of existing editors and add content to Wikipedia.


Please report on your original project targets.

Target outcome Achieved outcome Explanation
Number of events: 5 events 5 Five events were organised as planned.
Number of participants: 40 participants 50, 44, 39, 28, and 52 participants respectively We exceeded our targets at three of the events, but we witnessed low turnout at an event due to the examinations going on at that particular time in the University.
Number of new editors: 10 editors 29 We exceeded our target.
Number of of articles created or improved: 100 articles 25 articles created, 269 articles edited, 304 references added We exceeded our targets, participants were excited and willing to contribute.
Number of repeat participants (for projects that include a series of events) : 40 participants - We were unable to have the same 40 participants to attend all the five events


Projects do not always go according to plan. Sharing what you learned can help you and others plan similar projects in the future. Help the movement learn from your experience by answering the following questions:

  • What worked well?

One reason the program remained memorable and all participants always looked forward to the next meetings was because there was always a different facet of Wikipedia editing to and/Wikimedia to learn. This comes along with an enabling environment air conditioned against the usual heat of North Central Nigeria and adequate refreshment provided by the grants. We also have the edit ladder that shows everyone's edit performance and everyone feels their little works are recognized.

The grant enabled the activities of the club become of value and relevance to the editors as it was not the regular. Shirts, certificates stickers, notebooks and many more incentives also contributed to the success we have expanding right now. You can't beat the joy on participant's faces when they get their pictures from the events especially those taken with the Wikipedia backgrounds. They value them as souvenirs to gist their friends, post on social media, LinkedIn and their Meta/User pages.

We exceeded our targets on new editors and had good retaining of editors who became so enthusiastic that they became recruits themselves. Everyone felt like they were a vital family with values and mission beyond the edit button and that really mattered.

  • What did not work so well?

Internet connectivity was an issue and we could get an internet modem for the club, as we had to subscribe for internet over various phones belonging to executives. The internet broadband is slow over phone hotspots when they are laden by other computers and phones. A modem with capacity for discount data can help solve this issue and we can get more edits done in a quicker and happy time. The funds budgeted for data turned out to be insufficient.

  • What would you do differently next time?

In subsequent editions of the #1Lib1Ref program, we would be partnering with the University Library, and hopefully we would be able to secure the use of the E-Library and also train librarians at the University of Ilorin.


Grant funds spent[edit]

Please describe how much grant money you spent for approved expenses, and tell us what you spent it on.

  • Food & drinks - N266,800
  • Internet - N27,000
  • Wikipedia branded notebooks - N25,000
  • Stickers - N5,000
  • Shirts - N30,000
  • Contingency funds (stationery, rental, printouts, calls, SMS units etc. ) - N15,000
  • Total - N368,800

Remaining funds[edit]

Do you have any remaining grant funds? Yes, a total of approximately N31,200 is remaining from the grant.

The funds remaining from this grant in the amount of 31,200 NGN were deducted from another grant payment for Grants:Project/Rapid/Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos Contest at University of Ilorin.

Anything else[edit]

Anything else you want to share about your project?

Metrics from the first event can be seen here [1]

Metrics from the second and third event can be seen here [2]

Metrics from the fourth and fifth event can be seen here [3]

Pictures from the events[edit]