GLAM-WIKI 2015/Proposals/Putting the L in GLAM: Exploring the role of The Wikipedia Library in collaborating with the GLAM-Wiki movement

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This is an accepted submission for GLAM-WIKI 2015.

Submission no. GW15.1022
Title of the submission
Growing the L in GLAM: Exploring the role of The Wikipedia Library in collaborating with the GLAM-Wiki
Type of submission
Presentation (20 minutes) w/ discussion (~15)
Author of the submission
Alex Stinson
Country of origin
United States
Affiliation
The Wikipedia Library
E-mail address
Sjabloon:Nospam
Username
User:Sadads or User:Astinson (WMF)
Personal homepage or blog
https://alexstinson.wordpress.com/
Twitter username
Sadads


Abstract

The Wikipedia Library, a program supported by the Wikimedia foundation, is deliberately reaching out to publishers and libraries to get editors more access, to higher quality sources, that allow them to create better content. However, in networking with libraries, publishers, and organizations that interface and support both, we are realizing that despite the goodwill of librarians to participate in Wikipedia, there has not been a clear route to do so. This presentation will explain the Wikipedia Libraries mission, programs, move beyond English Wikipedia and ask questions about the role of libraries in Wikipedia and GLAM-Wiki more generally.

Detailed proposal

The Wikipedia Library, a program supported by the Wikimedia foundation, is deliberately reaching out to publishers and libraries to get editors more access, to higher quality sources, that allow them to create better content. Our principal programs have been donation programs that allow Wikipedians access to high quality pay-walled sources, principally from publishers but increasingly we are also seeing these donations from University Libraries as part of their affiliate researcher programs (see the program page on English Wikipedia).

However, in networking with libraries, publishers, and organizations that interface and support both, we are realizing that despite the goodwill of librarians to participate in Wikipedia, there has not been a clear route to do so. First I will explain the Wikipedia Libraries mission and programs, specifically focusing on our pilot Wikipedia Visiting Scholar and Library Intern Roles, both of which take significant inspiration from the model provided by the GLAM-Wiki community, but diversify well beyond the typical Wikipedia in Residence role.

Next I will discuss our conversations and developments growing out of collaboration with OCLC and other library partners, like DPLA, where technology, tools and outreach, have allowed us to create other opportunities for the Wikimedia and Open access communities more generally. With these experiences, in mind, I will also ask some bigger questions about the role of the knowledge authority GLAMs institutions: Where do we fit the library's traditional role of spreading information literacy into Wikipedia? How might we better integrate the Education and GLAM outreach models to capitalize on the importance of the University Library and library schools in creating knowledge organizers? How can we better reach the information advocates of librarians in our larger GLAM-Wiki conversation? Etc.

Track
  • Discovery
  • Collaboration
  • Capability


Length of presentation/talk
Presentation (25 minutes) w/ discussion (~15)
Target audience
Experienced GLAM-Wiki community remembers, librarians, Chapters members, Wikipedians looking to get involved in new projects.
Expected outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  1. Know what the Wikipedia Library is
  2. Understand how the Wikipedia Library relates to the GLAM Community
  3. Understand how Library concerns are not being support in GLAM
  4. Leave with questions related to engaging libraries, and similar knowledge holders, more broadly.
Will you attend GLAM-WIKI 2015 if your submission is not accepted?
Perhaps, but the accepted presentation would justify attending within funding concerns.
Slides or further information (optional)
Available eventually.
Special requests
Nope

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