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Parceria com a Biblioteca da UFSC[edit]

Olá, me tornei membro permanente de uma comissão da biblioteca da Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) sobre Fake News e estou em contato com a diretora da BU para novos projetos. Gostaria de ajuda principalmente no que concerne a ideias para projetos conjuntos. Obrigado, --Felipe da Fonseca (talk) 17:29, 21 May 2018 (UTC)

Hi, I became a permanent member of a library committee at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) about Fake News and I am in direkt contact with the director of BU for new projects. I would like to ask for help, mainly with ideas for joint projects. Thank you, --Felipe da Fonseca (talk) 17:29, 21 May 2018 (UTC)

Daily Express access[edit]

Hi! Does any librarian here have access to the Daily Express (London)? Megalibrarygirl (talk) 17:14, 30 May 2018 (UTC)

It looks like we have access to some old issues on microfilm. Do you still need it? What date do you need? Rachel Helps (BYU) (talk) 15:15, 16 July 2018 (UTC)

2018 plan for user group activities - implementation discussion[edit]

Please share your views and suggest actionable ways to implement the top two ideas on user group activities for 2018. The poll results can be viewed on the resources page.

Engage with libraries in communities with historically low participation in Wikimedia projects[edit]


  1. We need to recruit people who speak other languages fluently. It's nearly impossible to work with marginalized communities without being fluent in other languages in my experience. I'm in El Paso, TX and Hispanic communities are often underserved. However, if you aren't bilingual in English and Spanish, you are not going to be as successful in your efforts. As for myself, I speak a little Spanish and have to bring in people who are fluent to help me in my outreach efforts. So that's my idea. Megalibrarygirl (talk) 18:17, 15 July 2018 (UTC)
  2. My idea is to contact library associations to identify those efforts in other latitudes. I am a Spanish speaker and I know some people that can help to do what Megalibrarygirl propose. --Hiperterminal (talk) 10:39, 16 July 2018 (UTC)


Serve as ambassadors for the idea that Wikimedia work is business as usual in libraries by sharing case studies and communicating the benefits of engaging with Wikimedia[edit]


  1. My own experience in public libraries is just to do it. And by that, I mean, set up editathons (I usually partner with the History Museum next door). Talk about Wikipedia whenever you can. Show fellow librarians (especially in your archives) how their resources can become more visible by writing articles about local history. It's a slow burn, but worth it. Megalibrarygirl (talk) 18:21, 15 July 2018 (UTC)
  2. As a library director type, I've found that most librarians and library leaders don't realize how much community engagement statistics are available from Wikipedia on many levels (groups, GLAM projects, individual articles). Also, it is important to know how much referral traffic to your library website comes from Wikipedia and track important topics in your institution's collection. I've been sharing this for my institution. So, let's share this data for other individual libraries. Perhaps, the user group could host a survey to ask what percentage of referral traffic to your library website comes from Wikipedia? TeriEmbrey (talk) 14:32, 16 July 2018 (UTC)


Internet Archive[edit]

Hi! Does anyone on this User Group know any of the folks who work with the Internet Archive? Megalibrarygirl (talk) 18:21, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

Are you referring to Wikipedians who have worked with Internet Archive? I'm pretty sure Andrew aka Fuzheado helped with Archivebot. Rachel Helps (BYU) (talk) 15:10, 16 July 2018 (UTC)
Yes, Rachel Helps (BYU). I'd love to make some connections and pick some brains. :) So, Fuzheado, can we talk? Megalibrarygirl (talk) 16:28, 16 July 2018 (UTC)
Hi, yes we've worked closely with Mark Graham and Wendy Hanamura of Internet Archive, so I can certainly send an introduction. Ping me by email if you can and I'll send an intro. -- Fuzheado (talk) 01:21, 17 July 2018 (UTC)

Wikimedian in Residence at the Scottish Library and Information Council[edit]

Hi! I just wanted to introduce myself. I'm the Wikimedian in Residence at the Scottish Library and Information Council and you can find out more about my project on my Wiki GLAM page Wikipedia:GLAM/SLIC. My role is to work across all the public libraries in Scotland to establish public libraries as quality content creators in the digital sphere, and to provide open access to freely usable content about Scottish culture via Wikipedia. The residency started in August 2017 with my colleague Sara Thomas (WMUK) and I took over from her in May 2018. I'm currently helping public libraries access training and kickstart their own Wikipedia projects in a number of locations across Scotland. I've been following the work of Merrilee and Wikipedia + Libraries project, it's given us some great resources to tap into. I also wanted to flag that we'd like to use the Wiki Loves Libraries campaign in October to activate a number of Scottish Libraries to run Wikipedia events or create new pages on Wikipedia. If anyone has an objection, please feel free to get in touch on here or on my talk page. I look forward to hearing from you. Delphine Dallison (talk) 08:57, 16 July 2018 (UTC)

Hi @Delphine Dallison: Is Wiki Loves Libraries making a comeback? I think it died out for a while. Best of luck to you. Rachel Helps (BYU) (talk) 15:12, 16 July 2018 (UTC)
Hi @Rachel Helps (BYU):! Yes, I know Wiki Loves Libraries died out back in 2014, but we'd be keen to bring it back (maybe as a small pilot in Scotland?) because we think it's a great initiative and for me it would fit in well with my project. So I'm throwing it out here to see if there are any objections and also to see if anyone would like to take part in it outside Scotland. @Merrilee: has been doing a fantastic job of training up librarians in the US, so maybe they would be interested in a cross-Atlantic collaboration? Just seeing what might stick... ;-) Delphine Dallison (talk) 16:35, 16 July 2018 (UTC)
@Delphine Dallison:, that sounds interesting! I confess that I don't know exactly what a Wikipedia Loves Libraries event entails. Is it mostly promoting Wikipedia and Wikipedia literacy in a library? Rachel Helps (BYU) (talk) 18:38, 16 July 2018 (UTC)
Rachel Helps (BYU) The Wiki Loves Libraries campaign used to run throughout October with events culminating around Open Access Week, which this year will be from the 22nd till the 28th October. The idea is to get as many libraries as possible taking part in Wikipedia events and promoting Open Knowledge, which ticks all the boxes for my residency. I'm going to try and contact the Wiki Loves Libraries previous organisers and find out what they say. Delphine Dallison (talk) 21:58, 16 July 2018 (UTC)
Delphine Dallison if you are doing editathons with libraries in the area, that's awesome. Would you be interested in partnering with Women in Red do some virtual work? (We'd run all the virtual stuff on our end.) We also help editors clean up references and can guide newbies. The only catch is that we focus on women, women's works and people who are in gender minorities. But I don't think we've focused on Scotland in a while. Just an idea. :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 20:24, 16 July 2018 (UTC)
Hi Megalibrarygirl! So one of the objectives of my residency is to promote the creation of content of underrepresented topics, which falls under two categories: content about Scottish culture and content about women. Although we haven't run yet any Women in Red events per say, I promote it during every training session and it's part of the metrics I get measured on. Ewan McAndrew also runs monthly Women in Red editathons in Edinburgh as part of his residency at the University of Edinburgh. At the moment, I'm letting the libraries choose the topics they wish to work on, but it's good to know that I can offer them the opportunity to partner up with people like you if they want to run a specific Women in Red event in future. We might have one of those coming up in October on the Isle of Skye, looking at the history of Suffragettes from the island and the surrounding area. I'll keep you posted once I know more. Delphine Dallison (talk) 21:58, 16 July 2018 (UTC)
Delphine Dallison thanks! :) Megalibrarygirl (talk) 00:02, 17 July 2018 (UTC)

Research about unsourced statements and their rapid identification[edit]

You can sign in here if you are interested.--Alexmar983 (talk) 15:22, 19 August 2018 (UTC)

Notification of User Group Expiration - Renewal pending submission of reporting[edit]

Greetings, This is a notification to bring to your attention that your organization is currently past due on its required annual reporting. Wikimedia User Groups are required to submit an annual activity report covering the entirety of the 12-month agreement period in order to prompt review for a renewal. Reports must be written in English, posted to meta, and linked on the meta Reports page. This page is used to track how organizations and groups are meeting reporting requirements described in their agreements with the Wikimedia Foundation (e.g. chapter agreements, thematic organization agreements, user group agreements). It is the central place where affiliates can add reports about their activities, share their plans, and even news or social media channels with the wider movement. When new reports are available, organizations and groups should add them to this page to keep their columns up to date.

As noted on the meta Reports page, your organization’s 2016-2017 annual reporting became past due in July. Please be sure to

  1. Post your 2016-2017 annual reporting to the meta Reports page as soon as possible to return to compliance with your user group agreement.
  2. Check that your group’s page is also up to date with past report links for historical record-keeping, and
  3. Please send an email to Wikimedia-l in order to share with a movement-wide audience.

If you have any questions or need any further guidance, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Best regards, DNdubane (WMF) (talk) 19:20, 23 August 2018 (UTC)

Applied for Wikimedia Foundation grant - seeking comment and support[edit]


Since March 2018 I have been Wikimedian in Residence (Wikimedians in Residence Exchange Network) at the University of Virginia. Among other things I organize collaborations with the library. Some notes on my projects are at University of Virginia.

In the above proposal I am assisting some librarians, researchers, and our copyright lawyer in requesting US$15,000 from the Wikimedia Foundation in the November 2018 call for projects as described at Grants:Project. With this money the library would, in summer 2019, develop a tool kit and event package for more libraries to celebrate Public Domain Day and to incorporate Wikimedia engagement into their program. We will be hosting a Public Domain Day event of our own with Wikimedia engagement in January 2019 to get experience before starting the grant funded project.

If anyone can sign to support then I appreciate that. If anyone has comments of any kind please post to the talk page. Thanks. Blue Rasberry (talk) 23:32, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

HighBeam Research shutting down[edit]

Hi everyone!

Does anyone have a good idea about how Wikipedia will be affected by HighBeam shutting down? I'm assuming links will be broken and it might be important to start making sure citations from HB are complete enough to track down in other places for verification.

Any ideas? Megalibrarygirl (talk) 00:43, 21 November 2018 (UTC)

@Megalibrarygirl: We've been chatting to both Highbeam/Cengage and Internet Archive for a little while to figure out a good solution to this. Cengage were able to give us 7000 (out of 40,000) URLs that can be directly replaced by a Cengage URL containing the same record, and IA are now looking into crawling the remaining links so that we can add archive URLs. I'll update at WT:Highbeam when I know more :) Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 10:31, 21 November 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for the info, Samwalton9! I was really taken by surprise that HighBeam was shutting down. I'm a little upset about it going away because it was a good resource. :( Megalibrarygirl (talk) 14:56, 21 November 2018 (UTC)

Learning Quarterly: November 2018[edit]

L&E Newsletter / Volume 5 / Issue 17 / November 2018
Learning Quarterly

Stay tuned
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