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Linason Blessing/Wikipedia Awareness for Library and Information Science Students in Nigeria
This Wikipedia Awareness and Edit-a-thon focuses on editing and creating Wikipedia and Wikidata entries about library schools, as well as notable LIS educators who have made significant contributions to the growth and development of librarianship in Nigeria. The goal of this event is to recruit new editors and improve the skills of existing editors who are members of the Nigerian Library and Information Science Students' Association (N-LISSA) in order to improve the content on Wikipedia and Wikidata about Nigeria's Library Schools, Libraries, LIS Educators, and Librarians. The goal of this event is to bring together members of Nigeria's national scholarly association of Library and Information Science students, as well as local community expertise, in order to contribute to and improve Wikipedia in these areas.
targetWikipedia, Wikidata, and Wikicommons
start dateMay 25
end dateJune 25
budget (local currency)NGN:1,081,137
budget (USD)USD:2,604
grant typeIndividual
granteeLinason Blessing
contact(s)• blessingsarmantha@gmail.com

Review your report

Please see the sample Editathon/Training application before drafting your application.

Project Goal[edit]

Choose one or more of the following goals. You can add or delete goals as needed.

  1. Recruit 30 new editors.
  2. Increase skills for existing editors.
  3. Add or improve contents on Wikipedia, Wikidata and Wikicommons.

Project Plan[edit]


Tell us how you'll carry out your project. Be sure to answer the following questions:

1. Are you doing one editathon or training or a series of editathons or trainings?

The Wikipedia Awareness for Library and Information Science Students in Nigeria is a 2 day trainings/editathons

2. How have you let relevant Wikimedia communities know about this proposal? You are required to provide links to on-wiki pages to inform these communities about your proposed work. Examples of places where this can be done include community discussion pages, affiliate discussion pages, or relevant project talk pages.
You may also provide information about external social media channels you may be using.

WikiProject Nigeria, and Wikibrarian Nigerian Community.

3. How will you let participants know about the edit-a-thon? In what ways will you be communicating with them?
For example, these can include on-wiki spaces, social media channels, mailing lists, messaging apps, or physical/online gatherings.

The event will be advertised on the Nigerian Library and Information Science Students' Association (N-LISSA) official website, as well as other community publicity channels such as N-LISSA CTC, NLISSA 3RD NATIONAL CONFERENCE UYO 2022, N-LISSA Online Training, LIS school departmental presidents, and Nigeria Library and Information Science Students Facebook page. The event will also be publicized on the Nigerian Library Association telegram groups, and information about the editathon will also be available when people register for the Associations' 3rd annual meeting which will proceed this event.

4. Do you have experienced Wikimedia editors to lead the event? Please provide links to the usernames of these individuals.
For example: User:I JethroBT

Linason Blessing(Project lead): she is an experienced wikibrarian, She has participated in various Wikimedia projects such as WikiLoveAfrica, WPWP, Wikidata(Media personalities in Nigeria), Winner of WPWP Kwara and Wikidata Media personality in Nigeria, WikiGLAM Awareness for Libraries and Librarians in Kwara, Wikidata for Libraries and Librarians in Nigeria, 1lib1ref 2022 Kwara, etc.
AfricanLibrarian (Advisory and Facilitator): an experienced Wikimedian and Human Capacity Development & Training Director, AfLIA.
User:Bukky658(facilitator): she is an experienced project organiser, wikibrarian, Librarian in training, and a fellow of the WikiAFlib Cohort 1. She has participated in series of online contests such as WPWP, WikiSDGs, WikiLoveAfrica, Wiki Activate, WikiSanta, WikiExpedition, etc. She is also the communication expert of Eduwiki collaborators and a certified triainer of the reading Wikipedia in the classroom program.
User:Ugwulebo (facilitator) : An experienced Wikimedian who has experience in coordinating Wikimedia activities. He coordinated the Wikipedia training and edit-thon at the University of Port and the Wikiactivate Ignatius Ajuru University of Education.
User:James Rhoda - Communication and event planner; experienced Wikimedian, member of Unilorin Wikimedia Fan club , Winner of WikiLoveSDGs and Wikidata for Media personality in Nigeria.

5. Do participants have the equipment or skills needed to participate and contribute high quality content? If not, how will you support them?

participants will have internet-enabled devices and Experienced Wikibrarians will be available to train and provide a one-on-one supports on how to create or edit Wikipedia and Wikidata items on ways to promote open access to information and contribute to open knowledge.

6. How will you engage participants after the event(s)?

We will create a WhatsApp follow-up group to further engage them and endangered them into the Nigerian Wikimedia User groups, Nigerian Wikibrarian Community The group will provide them with tips on creating, editing, and retrieving Wikipedia articles and Wikidata items. We will assign them to a mentors(experienced Wiki[medians) and equally encourage them to join Wiki University Clubs if any exist in their various institutions or guide them on how to establish one in their various institutions.

7. Are you running any in-person events or activities? If so, you will need to complete the steps outlined on the Risk Assessment protocol related to COVID-19. When you have completed these steps, please provide a link to your completed copy of the risk assessment tool below:

yes, here is the link Assessment

8. Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project?

This project will increase participation of Library and Information Science students in Nigeria in various Wikimedia projects that promotes open knowledge and create visibility for Nigerian related contents.


How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include the following targets:

  • By the end of this awareness campaign the 30 new editors will automatically become members of the Wikimedia Nigeria community
  • Existing Editors will improve editing skills on the selected Wikimedia projects. They will have to learn more on how to add categories to Wikipedia articles and wikicommons, create info boxes add photos to existing articles, how to create articles using Article creation wizard, make use of sandboxes, citation hunts and hyperlinks.
  • Existing Editors will also improve skills on Wikicommons, uploading media files, how to license media files explaining inline with the copy right law. And finally, the concept of wikidata, how to create wikidata items, how to run SPARQL query using wikidata query service quick statement.
  1. Number of events= 2
  2. Number of participants= 50
  3. Number of new editors= 30
  4. Number of media files uploaded on WikiCommons= 100+
  5. Number of articles/Wikidata items created or improved= 50+
  6. Number of repeat participants (for projects that include a series of events)= 25


What resources do you have? Include information on who is organizing the project, what they will do, and if you will receive support from anywhere else (in-kind donations or additional funding).

● Personal Laptops and mobile phones.

● A list of articles and Wikidata items to create or improve.

● 5 experience editors.

What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense and include a total amount.

This is the budget breakdown for the Project (Conversion rate according to Oanda)
  1. Venue rental for 2days: $482
  2. Food and drinks (2days); 50 participants + 5 facilitators =$942
  3. Internet Bundle for team members and participants for 2days (during the seminar and post-project report writing): $120
  4. Graphics designing, the printing of posters and 1 Roll banner =$100
  5. Projector rental 2days: $25
  6. DSLR Camera Rental for 2days:$48
  7. Nose Masks for participants: $15
  8. Hand sanitizers for participants and facilitators at the 2days seminars: $15
  9. Certificate of participation for 50 participants: $50
  10. Accommodation:$25x3facilitatorsx3nights = $225
  11. Shirts for 5 facilitators and 3 active participants=$77
  12. Branded Souvenirs for 50 participants + 5 facilitators (Jotter=$72; Pen=$33) = $105
  13. local running for 3 facilitators = $100 X 3 = $300
  14. contingency= $100

Total USD:2,604 | NGN:1,081,137


Community members are encouraged to endorse your project request here!

  • I endorse this proposal as I see it as an avenue to expose Library and information science students to the potentials of Wikipedia and sister projects in information delivery. AfricanLibrarian (talk) 20:48, 10 April 2022 (UTC)
  • Strong support Strong support This project will expose library and information science students to the rudiments and activities of the wikimedia foundation and also help to improve their information literacy skills in terms of wikipedia activities. Ugwulebo (talk) 06:23, 11 April 2022 (UTC)
  • Strong support Strong support This project is much needed to advance literacy skills of LIS students in Nigeria and engage then in Wikimedia projects. Bukky658 (talk) 20:02, 12 April 2022 (UTC)
  • Strong support Strong supportThis project will improve the quality of items about Nigerian libraries created on Wikipedia, wikidata and wiki Commons, as LIS student have the skills needed on library and information science already, if they are taught how to contribute to Wikipedia, coupled with the knowledge they have already on library and information science, I believe it would make a significant positive difference, and it will also expose/equip LIS students with the necessary skills to contribute to Wikipedia mijesty (talk)