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Why Wikipedians should love librarians — Wikimedia blog

Why Wikipedians should love librarians — Wikimedia blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Posted by Sarah Stierch:

"Last year marked the start of Wikipedia Loves Libraries (WLL), and in 2012, WLL activities are in full swing, with many events planned in the coming month."

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"The bottom line is that we share a common mission. We are dedicated to providing free access to information and knowledge. Wikipedians want to strengthen their articles by citing credible sources. If those sources are in print, or hidden behind paywalls, it undermines the important tenant of free access.
Libraries collect those same credible sources and make them freely available to patrons. Partnering with libraries helps keep sources free. Librarians value “information literacy,” which means teaching the general public to recognize, appreciate and rely on credible sources. Sound familiar? Teaching basic Wikipedia editing skills can be a great, practical way to re-enforce information literacy skills."

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Libraries Tap into Crowd Power | American Libraries Magazine

Libraries Tap into Crowd Power | American Libraries Magazine | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

American Libraries Magazine, the magazine of the American Library Association, delivers news and information about the library community.Wikipedia wants libraries to join the “crowdsource.”

"The notion that the research efforts of a group of people with varying opinions, when aggregated, can result in better information than a specific expert could come up with—aka “crowdsourcing”—has been around for some time.

It’s one of the ideas on which the 10-year-old Wikipedia is based. So it seemed only natural when one of the most-consulted websites in the world recently posted a ubiquitous banner stating WIKIPEDIA LOVES LIBRARIES. What has resulted is nationwide “editathons”—editing marathons organized by active Wikipedia users to expand and add depth to the website’s content on a wide range of cultural and historical topics."

 

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A whole network of public libraries begins Wikipedia collaboration in Catalonia — Wikimedia blog

A whole network of public libraries begins Wikipedia collaboration in Catalonia — Wikimedia blog | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"A whole network of public libraries begins #Wikipedia collaboration in #Catalonia - http://t.co/PZY2wkjt "

 

"The librarians now not only understand how to contribute to Wikipedia, but also how to use it as a tool for engaging their users and to reassess their collections and local funds. These newly-trained librarians will now return to their libraries and encourage users to expand their experience by contributing knowledge acquired through their research into Wikipedia.
One of the pioneering experiments within this collaboration has been at the local library of Palafrugell, a municipality on the Costa Brava. During July and August, a volunteer has been serving as a Wikipedian in Residence for the town. The Wikipedian in Residence is based at the local Library of Palafrugell, in collaboration with other local cultural centers. The Catalan Ministry of Culture wants to improve the role of local Wikipedians in Residence at libraries in order to improve local history and heritage presence in Wikipedia and its sister projects. This will also serve to offer a network of local Wiki-contact points across Catalonia."

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CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY · Wikipedia Loves Libraries. This is a great example...

CHICAGO PUBLIC LIBRARY · Wikipedia Loves Libraries. This is a great example... | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"RT @CPL_NWYT: Photo: Wikipedia Loves Libraries.

This is a great example of how libraries are important to the digital age.

 

Wikipedians gathered at the library, and were given access to library resources in order to expand Wikipedia articles about miscellaneous topics."

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