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Issue 34, May–June 2019

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In this issue we highlight some expanded partnerships, #1Lib1Ref, global developments and, as always, a roundup of news and community items related to libraries and digital knowledge.


  • We are happy to announce that access to Annual Reviews now includes all of this publisher's collections, an expansion from the previous Biomedical Life access.
  • More accounts have also been made available from Project MUSE, which had been waitlisted for some time.

To apply for access to these or other partner resources through The Wikipedia Library, visit the Library Card Platform.


The latest iteration of #1Lib1Ref wrapped up on 5 June. This campaign saw engagement across multiple countries and languages, as evidenced by the Outreach Dashboard. Over 2000 edits across 23 projects were recorded using the hashtag #1lib1ref, and over 400 used the alternate hashtag #1bib1ref. The next iteration will be 15 January to 5 February 2020.

A student is working on a Google Summer of Code project to improve features of the Hashtags tool to support this and similar campaigns. A graphs page has now been added, displaying some new charts and tables about search results. You can test out the feature by clicking the Show Statistics button, and join the conversation on Phabricator.

Wikimedia and Libraries User Group[edit]

The user group's steering committee voted on candidates for the affiliate-selected Board seats (ASBS). The process was previously limited to affiliates and thematic organisations but was this year opened to user groups as well. The Wikimedia and Libraries User Group was invited to vote on the nominated candidates. The steering committee discussed and ranked the candidates individually, and a tally of the rankings was posted on the talk page of the user group. On behalf of the user group, and as a contact for the group, Merrilee cast the vote. The ASBS results can be found here. After a short lapse in updating meeting minutes on Meta, the steering committee has once again picked up on posting minutes on the meeting minutes subpage. There's a Libraries Space in Wikimania 2019 for all things library. To register your interest and (or) suggest proposals, visit the Wikimania Wiki.


The campaign saw an increase in participation from emerging communities with a couple first-time participants or communities making some strides. A coordinator from the Farsi Wikipedia (User:Darafsh) for the first time led the #1lib1ref campaign in Iran. The campaign led to a massive contribution from the Farsi community which saw the language at second place in terms of contributions. Their overall contributions to the campaign were about 22% of the total number of edits contributed.

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