Wikipedia + Libraries: Better Together

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Amplify Stories

Libraries hold the key to many stories that may not be available or easily accessible on the open web. Library staff can bring these stories to light through Wikipedia editing and advocacy programs. By editing and organizing Wikipedia-related engagement, libraries can elevate stories that matter to their communities.

Librarians are helping local histories, thematic collections, and topics about historically under-represented groups gain the attention they deserve. Wikipedia and libraries share a common goal: to provide free access to knowledge for everyone.

“I edit almost exclusively articles about women. I edit Wikipedia to dig people out of history.”
– Susan Barnum, El Paso Public Library

Susan Barnum, El Paso Public Library, presents on September 27, 2017, during the OCLC Wikipedia + Libraries course on why she edits and how she amplifies stories. 

Learn how libraries are amplifying stories with Wikipedia


Librarians Who Wikipedia: Susan Barnum

Interview / WebJunction

Susan Barnum is using Wikipedia to elevate stories that are buried in archives, allowing information-seekers to stumble across them, and the resources they are based upon. She focuses on women's history around the world. In March 2018, she was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker for her advocacy work with Wikipedia.


Wiki Education Foundation Scholar Archivist: Danielle Robichaud

Interview / Wiki Education Foundation  

A digital archivist at University of Waterloo libraries improves the article on the Canadian Indian residential school system as an intentional act of reconciliation. She uses McMaster University's resources to expand and enhance articles.


Librarians Who Wikipedia: Paul Flagg

Interview / WebJunction

Paul focuses his editing and outreach activities on improving Wikipedia’s coverage of social diversity. "When people of differing perspectives gather sources and contribute, this increases the range of representations in society."


Librarians Who Wikipedia: Andrea Davis and Christina Moretta

Interview / WebJunction

Librarians in San Francisco hosted a local Wikipedia program and encourage editing to connect the public to reliable sources of information about queer history in San Francisco—and they attracted first-time patrons to the library.

Read more stories from the library about how librarians are using, editing, and teaching Wikipedia in their libraries. 

How to do this at your library

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Training Curriculum

Training curriculum

Access the full training curriculum to learn how to confidently use, edit, and teach Wikipedia at your library.

Training Curriculum


View webinars that explore the ways librarians are using and contributing to Wikipedia.


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