Librarians are Wikipedians Too

Archive and related resources for a webinar presented on August 2, 2012 with Max Klein overviewing past efforts and future potential of libraries and librarians working with Wikipedia.

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Wikipedia is an increasingly prominent player in the web search environment, and more people are finding it "a good place to start research." Despite open questions regarding quality, Wikipedia shares common goals with libraries in ensuring free accessibility to information, and relying on authoritative sources. This presentation will overview the past efforts and future potential of public libraries and librarians working with Wikipedia. Discussed are strategies to drive web- and foot-traffic to libraries through the use of Wikipedia. Plus powerful tips and tricks are revealed into the software and policies of Wikipedia, helping librarians to critically address quality for themselves. Max is presenting an additional webinar on July 31 geared more toward academic libraries. For additional information about Max's work, see Wikipedian in Residence Stops By.

Presented by: Max Klein, Wikipedian in Residence at OCLC Research

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Webinar Attachments

Related Resources and Links

  • Wikimania coverage on OCLC Research blog,
  • Wikipedia Loves Libraries and on outreach portal
  • Wikipedia resources Max points to in presentation:
    • Article Feedback research
    • Articles Lacking Sources
    • The Visibility of Wikipedia in Scholarly Publications by Taemin Kim Park [First Monday]
    • Using Wikipedia to Highlight Digital Collections at the University of Washington by Ann Lally [The Interactive Archivist]
    • Perspective: A Wikipedian Reflects on Time in the Archives
      by Q Miceli
    • Authority control integration proposal
    • Wikipedia Loves Libraries (WLL) at Harvard
    • National Archives WikiProject
    • Reliable sources/Noticeboard
    • Teahouse, peer support for new editors
    • 2011 Egyptian Revolution (article used to explore Wikipedia "forensics")
    • Editorial Team/Assessment
    • Template Example: Infobox book
    • Wikipedia Five Pillars
  • The Chronicle: The 'Undue Weight' of Truth on Wikipedia
  • Haymarket Affair article page
  • NYPL Editathon: Gangs of NY
  • The Musical Editathon


02 August 2012


2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
Eastern Daylight Time, North America [UTC -4]