In this week’s SLIC blog our Wikimedian in Residence Delphine Dallison talks about 1Lib1Ref - Wikipedia's annual campaign to get more librarians involved in editing Wikipedia, by adding just one - or maybe more! - citations to the encyclopedia.
Delphine is coordinating this year's campaign in Scotland and acting as Scotland's 1Lib1Ref Ambassador as part of the campaign's global team.
Wikipedia is always a work in progress, and we strive every day to improve it. The #1Lib1Ref campaign coincides with Wikipedia's birthday every year on the 15th of January and runs for three weeks until the 5th February. The references on Wikipedia are the most important part of any article and that's why during #1Lib1Ref we try to enlist the help of the best reference experts we know - librarians.
If every librarian worldwide was to add just one citation to Wikipedia (and of course, you're welcome to add more than one) then the encyclopedia would be hugely improved for all its users. So are you in?
This year in Scotland, we're going one step further. We'd like to invite you to expand or improve some of the stub articles on WikiProject Scotland and WikiProject Women in Red, or if you're a health librarian on WikiProject Medicine.
If you're wondering what a stub article is, it's a short article on Wikipedia, usually only one or two paragraphs and two to three citations. It's been created because the subject is notable and deserves a page on Wikipedia, but the editor didn't have the time or the resources to develop it into a full article. In short, it's a call for help and we hope that you'll answer it!
Throughout 2019's #1Lib1Ref campaign I will be running 1hr training webinars covering areas like using the Citation Hunt Tool and how to expand a stub into a fully-fledged article. Three sessions are open to all librarians and two are dedicated to health librarians (due to the higher standard of referencing required for health articles). So if you’d like to learn more about how to improve Wikipedia and make more open knowledge freely available to all, why not sign up?
We have sessions taking part on Tuesday January 22nd, Wednesday January 23rd and Tuesday January 29th. For more details on each webinar, and to sign up, folllow the links below:
Webinars Open To All Librarians
Webinars For Health Librarians
All the webinars will be run using WebEx software. For any questions regarding the software or the content, librarians can contact Delphine Dallison at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also check out the Wikipedia 1Lib1Ref Scotland page to find out more about the campaign and access lots of resources.