Wikimedia+Libraries Meetup 2022/Manifesto

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23-24 July 2022 | Maynooth - Ireland

Editing a manifesto

Librarian Manifesto on Wikimedia[edit]

The Librarian Manifesto on Wikimedia is an initiative to establish a document with values and principles to guide activities of information professionals and Wikimedia communities who work together in the 21st century.

This is an effort by members of the Wikimedia+Libraries Convention to bring a new proposal that takes an intersection approach between Wikimedia + Libraries.

Therefore, it is necessary to ask: What does it mean to be a librarian on Wikimedia? What values does it imply? Can this manifesto increase members' cohesion and compromise?

This convention is a great opportunity to reflect on the journey that has been made in these nearly 20 years, from 2001 Wikipedia until 2022. In this period, there have undertaken several kinds of projects, campaigns, initiatives, and activities related to information, knowledge, data, and libraries, etc. For this reason, we believe that now is a good time to settle all these efforts in a manifesto.

We believe that the manifesto potential reflects on this:

  • Assume a professional and ethical commitment that guides our practices in the field of Wikimedia and libraries.
  • Update our professional values in 21st century context.
  • Increase sense of belonging in the community.
  • Consolidate collective identity
  • Strengthen alliances, incorporate new ones and integration.
  • Engaged new members and new projects.


  • Library and information science: Libraries, librarians, and librarianship in all its aspects (historical, fictional, ancient to contemporary and beyond). Information science in all its aspects, including information organization, retrieval, search, access, and manipulation.
  • Archives, archivists, and archival science: Preservation and conservation of recorded information.

Communities included[edit]

The discussion of this manifesto gets involved the next parts:

  • International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
  • Wikimedia Foundation (WMF)
  • Galleries, Libraries, Archives & Museums (GLAM)
  • Wikimedia and Libraries User Group (WLUG)
  • LD4 Wikidata Affinity Group
  • Wikipedians with Library and Information Science degree (it is a category to find people)
  • All library professionals and Wikimedia communities who work with information and knowledge.


At present, there are many manifestos and resources for this reason we compilate some of them as reference to develop our manifesto:

  • Green Libraries Manifiesto, Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), (2022)
  • Design Principles Wikimania, Wikimania Steering Committee, (2022)
  • New Model Library: Pandemic Effects and Library Directions, Lynn Silipigni Connaway, Ixchel M. Faniel, Brittany Brannon, et al., (2021)
  • WikiLibrary Manifesto, Wikimedia Deutschland, (2020)
  • Professional Ethics, ALA, (2019)
  • The Ethics of Librarianship, IFLA, (2012)
  • Our enduring values revisited: librarianship in an ever-changing world, (2015)
  • Wikimedia Foundation/Values, [2010]
  • OpenGLAM Principles v.1.0, OpenGLAM Working Group, (no date found)

We are also considering the next documents:

  • Budapest Open access Initiative (BOAI), (2002)
  • Berlin Declaration, (2003)
  • Bethesda Statement on Open Access Publishing, (2003)


  • Define the values, principles and good practices for all library professionals and Wikipedia communities and incorporate them in the Librarian Manifesto on Wikimedia together with the elaboration of a logo.

Workflow (Draft)[edit]

Manifesto workflow is based on three phases:

1. Initiation (May-June)

  • Pre-project
  • Collect and organize information (these resources will be share in the WikiLibCon page)
  • Examination of other manifestos related with this initiative (Attached 1. Comparative chart of principles)
  • Identification of participants who must get involved in.
  • Add a group work.

2. Development (July)

  • First manifesto draft (we work on Google Drive)
  • Public draft (add it on the banner of the WikiLibCon page)
  • Presentation and discussion of the manifesto in WikiLibConvention
  • Working sessions in WikiLibConvention
  • Edit collectively the public draft
  • Manifesto vote (every person will receive a list of principles to vote their pertinence with the message: Please rank the next principles to include in the manifesto: Top/High/Mid/Low)
  • Elaborate a pre-final version.
  • Launch a call for a logo

3. Closing (August-September)

  • Get a final version
  • Chose a logo winner
  • Load it in digital version
  • Share it everywhere