The Wikipedia Library/Newsletter/March-April 2021

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Issue 44, March–April 2021

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In this issue we highlight design work on the Library Card platform, #1Lib1Ref, and, as always, a roundup of news and community items related to libraries and digital knowledge.

New Library Card platform design[edit]

The Wikipedia Library is working on design improvements for the site. A new homepage design will be launched shortly to make it more understandable, user-friendly, and welcoming to more people, with a focus on a user's first-time experience. The page is thus organized around a single call-to-action: logging in. Once a user has logged in they can receive more specific guidance based on what they qualify to access. The plan is that logged-in users will be directed to their available collections, with a cross-collection search to be implemented soon.

1Lib1Ref[edit]

The next iteration of 1lib1ref will run from 15 May to 5 June. This campaign calls on librarians around the world, and anyone who has a passion for free knowledge, to add missing references to articles on Wikipedia. During this iteration, the IFLA Wikidata Working Group is focusing on adding citations to Wikidata, and will be holding a series of office hours to support contributors to this effort.

Join us for the next campaign office hour to learn more about the 1Lib1Ref May Campaign strategies for engaging in Asia, Africa and Latin America: 13 May 2021 at 3:00pm UTC on Zoom.

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