The Wikipedia Library – #1Lib1Ref
#1Lib1Ref (One Librarian, One Reference) – an annual January event.
Lets take a Coffee Break and contribute to #1lib1ref!
Libraries are central hubs to the many information and knowledge communities, #1lib1ref is a great opportunity to gather with other librarians to learn about how Wikipedia fits into that information ecosystem. We recommend pulling together a small gathering of your librarian peers that could last anywhere between 45-90 minute to learn how to contribute for #1lib1ref: after all, learning how to participate in Wikipedia is easier, when you can learn with others.
This guide is designed to help plan a 45-90 minute "coffee hour" or "lunch break" workshop for #1lib1ref.
Event Plan: What to do when
Two-Three weeks before the event
- Choose a date and time for the event
- Reserve a space and equipment if relevant (it's always good to have a projector and one or two extra laptops on hand)
- If you don’t have Wikipedia experience, you might want to reach out to find local Wikipedians who can assist or ask questions. We recommend getting help with that at https://www.facebook.com/groups/WikiLibrary/
- Create a public announcement for your event and list it here
- Start to publicize your event among your colleagues and other local libraries
In the week before the event
- Pull together editing and research resources
- Arrange refreshments if you’re planning on having them
- Prepare signage and handouts
- Send out event reminders
- Tweet about your plans using the #1lib1ref hashtag
- Important: There is a limit on the number of Wikipedia accounts that can be created from one location or IP address per day (normally 6). To get around this, you have several possibilities:
During the day of the event
- Welcome and introductions (2-3 minutes)
- Basics of editing Wikipedia (10-20 minutes)
- Open editing (20-30 minutes)
- If possible, have experienced editors circulate to answer questions and troubleshoot problems. Otherwise, be ready to learn together as a group or partner-up for editing help
- [Optional] Open discussion (15-30 minutes)
- How does Wikipedia, and its referencing affect the library profession?
- Could you imagine teaching your patrons about Wikipedia? How can we teach other skills with Wikipedia, such as digital or information literacy?
- What different kinds of knowledge does Wikipedia try to share? How might that be different from the kinds of information library patrons look for?
- What are the misunderstandings that library patrons likely have with the free encyclopedia? What learning or research strategies might need to be taught to folks, to help them better understand research in the context of Wikipedia?
- In light of Wikipedia’s process for adding references, what are the connections with other problems accessing research, in light of the high cost of publisher databases, hard to use discovery tools, and other concerns?
- Now that you understand Wikipedia’s process, what kinds of topics appear to be missing or undercovered? How could you add knowledge relevant to your work and community?
- Wrap-up (2-3 minutes)
- Make sure to take pictures of the event, and share it on social media under the hashtag #1lib1ref.
- Write both the #1lib1ref hashtag, and a link to 1lib1ref.org on a whiteboard or on a computer screen, to remind people how to keep track of and share their contributions
After the event
- Record outcomes as much as possible: how many attendees, how many articles edited, etc. Outcomes help make the case for future activities, and are a great way to share with others what you did and why your work mattered!
- Make sure to share what you did social media under the hashtag #1lib1ref and at the events page. Social media and the events page provide the main ways we are tracking the event and help organizers report outcomes.
- If you publish a blog post, or find coverage of your event in other venues, share the link at on the #1lib1ref Press page
- If the event created interest among your colleagues, consider planning more editing events around your institution's collections. These events are called editathons, an editing event focused on a certain theme or topic. Learn more on how to run editathons.
- Participate again: in March, the Art+Feminism community will be hosting a Global Editathon focused on writing content about Women in the Arts on Wikipedia: http://art.plusfeminism.org/ These events are regularly hosted by libraries. You should join!