Training Curriculum

Librarians edit Wikipedia
Librarians edit Wikipedia in Multnomah County, Oregon.
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This training curriculum will help you confidently begin to use, edit, and teach Wikipedia at your library. These materials were created during OCLC's Wikipedia + Libraries: Better Together project to strengthen ties between US public libraries and English-language Wikipedia. The project ran from December 2016 through May 2018 and was funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Wikimedia Foundation, and OCLC.

The materials are the product of research and expertise marshaled to design, deliver, and evaluate OCLC/WebJunction's nine-week Wikipedia online course for US public library staff. Participants learned to:

  • build a deeper understanding of Wikipedia
  • gain proficiency in evaluation and editing
  • develop a plan to implement Wikipedia programming in their libraries
  • amplify the role of libraries as information literacy leaders in their communities.

New to Wikipedia? No problem!

We’ve selected and curated materials to enable library trainers to effectively implement similar Wikipedia trainings for their library staff--even if you've never edited Wikipedia before. Use them to get started, and as you gain confidence with Wikipedia editing, use the materials to implement trainings at your own library.

Most participants did not know how to edit or confidently evaluate Wikipedia before taking this course. You will learn practical knowledge about understanding and using Wikipedia to better serve your library and community.

Here's what our participants say:

"This changed my perception of Wikipedia and the ways that libraries/librarians can and should incorporate it into our services to our patrons."

"I was one of 99% of users who think of Wikipedia as a less reliable source. I must say that this course was an eye opener… I am a changed librarian now. A librarian who feels the worth of Wikipedia, crowdsourcing, and contributing to the larger community."

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You may use and adapt these course materials for free under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 (CC BY-SA 4.0) licensing. When you do so, please credit WebJunction/OCLC and provide a link to the source materials; in addition, your adaptations should be shared under the same license agreement.

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Adapting our materials? Let's learn together!

If you plan to use the OCLC Wikipedia + Libraries training curriculum and related materials to run a Wikipedia training program or would like support in hosting a Wikipedia + Libraries course for your library staff, please reach out to us. We'd love to work with you to strengthen ties between libraries and Wikipedia. Please contact Dale Musselman at musselmd@oclc.org.

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