The Wikipedia Library is a place for active Wikipedia editors to gain access to the vital reliable sources that they need to do their work and to be supported in using those resources to improve the encyclopedia. We aim to make access and use of sources free, easy, collaborative and efficient.
- Wikipedia Library News
- TWL is grateful to have two Wikipedians helping out with accounts dispersal. Nikkimaria will be vetting and awarding HighBeam and Credo accounts, and ChrisGualtieri will handle Questia account requests. Thanks to both for joining the TWL team. As a result of the above, backlogs of applications at HighBeam and Questia have been cleared!
- Although we have no new partnerships to announce this month, we are in discussions with several database providers about some exciting prospective donations for 2014, including EBSCO, ProQuest, New York Times, and LexisNexis. Talks are ongoing with JSTOR to extend and expand that program.
- Free accounts are still available with HighBeam, Questia, and Cochrane. Please spread the world to any colleagues who might not have heard about the opportunities.
- TWL also welcomes Johnuniq as our metrics coordinator; he has already done much valuable metrics work for TWL in the past.
- A big thanks to those who completed our survey last month. This data is valuable not only for guiding the future of TWL, but also to potential new partners who want to know more about TWL and what our editors want in terms of database access. Take a look at the results here
- TWL Coordinator Ocaasi has submitted his final report for the Individual Engagement Grant which funded TWL for 2013. You can read it on Meta here. To help TWL expand in 2014, an extension request has been submitted. Please feel free to add comments and feedback in the bottom section.
- There are currently 2 Wikipedia Visiting Scholar positions open (George Mason University, University of California Riverside). These are lightweight Wikipedian-in-Residence-like positions, but they're remote, unpaid, and the whole point is to get you library catalogue access so you can write articles. Please signup, and more positions are in development.
- Credo partnership results in 600% growth of Credo links
- TWL attended the December GLAMOUT, an online discussion on Dec 6
- TWL is presenting at the American Library Association's mid-winter meeting Jan 24-26
- TWL has a forthcoming feature article in Library Journal and The Digital Shift
- JSTOR partnership extended until March 31 2014
- New TWL Account Coordinators: User:Nikkimaria and User:ChrisGualtieri
- Wikipedia Visiting Scholar positions open for signups
- Second edition of Books & Bytes is out
- New talk presented at George Mason University, The Future of Libraries and Wikipedia
- Wikipedia Library newsletter, Books and Bytes, releases it inaugural edition, October 2013
- Personal profiles added to The Wikipedia Library
- Wikipedia Visiting Scholars program starts looking for pilot partners
- OCLC collaboration begins working on tools to let us search their entire catalogue
- Related News
- The US National Archives is offering a new virtual internship program for Wikipedians: .
- The Computer History Museum, located in the Silicon Valley, California is seeking a Digital Archivist: 
- WikiData started a Periodicals Task force: Periodicals Task Force.
- Wikimedia UK arranged a Wikipedian-in-Residence at the Royal Society. User:Johnbod is taking the spot: 
- The Ada Lovelace Academy opened a digital school for young adults: 
- The British Library donated a million public-domain images: https://github.com/BL-Labs/imagedirectory  . Talks are underway for how to catalogue and integrate these images on Commons: .
- The National Museum of Korea announce high quality images of 7,300 artifacts would be released, and thousands pages of old books: 
- The European Commission launches pilot to open up publicly funded research data: 
- The Paleobiology Database is now CC BY: . UNESCO launched a CC Open Access Repository: .
- BioMed Central moves to CC BY 4.0 and CC0 for data: .
- Norway will begin digitizing every book in its National Library and making free to access for any Norwegian citizen with a Norwegian IP address: 
- The Open Knowledge Foundation signed a memorandum of understanding with the BBC (BBC did so as well with with the Europeana Foundation, the Open Data Institute and the Mozilla Foundation: 
- UK students David Carroll and Joseph McArthur's Open Access Button is developing: .
- The US Department of Defense signed an exclusive agreement to license public domain archives: 
- Elsevier issued takedown notices to professors posting copies of their papers on research sharing site Academia.edu: 
- Ann Okerson wrote a great reflection about the state of open access: . The Open Science Center interviewed leading OA advocates as well: . Dan Cohen considered "CC-0 (+BY) as an ideal system for freedom with optional 'ethical' attribution: .
- NISO published a best practices guideline proposal for html metadata to identify the accessibility and reuse rights of a work: . (Compare with WikiProject Open Access' Open access signalling pilot idea.)
- Neat TED talk on the future of libraries in the 21st century: 
- Out of 31 "informational world cities", a German survey of libraries by the University of Düsseldorf ranked two Canadian library systems, Vancouver and Montreal, as the best in the world: 
- Open Data Day is coming, February 22: 
We are working together towards 5 big goals that create an open hub for conducting research:
- Connect editors with their local library and freely accessible resources
- Partner to provide free access to paywalled publications, databases, universities, and libraries
- Build relationships among our community of editors, libraries, and librarians
- Facilitate research for Wikipedians, helping editors to find and use sources
- Promote broader open access in publishing and research
How to do it
The Wikipedia Library supports editors to find existing sources that are accessible already, while arranging partnerships which provide access to paywalled sources. Here's how we do this:
- Donation of accounts by individual publishers. We approach research databases and simply ask for donation. We have over 4,500 accounts from HighBeam, Questia, Credo, JSTOR, and Cochrane. This provides direct access, which would individually cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Let's find ways to scale these partnerships to be more comprehensive and easier to manage.
- Wikipedia Visiting Scholars. Suggested by Peter Suber at the Harvard Open Access project, we will approach university libraries or academic units within institutions and invite them to designate select Wikipedia editors as remote, unpaid visiting scholars, research affiliates or fellows with full library access. This builds our relationships with university libraries in lightweight ways. Why shouldn't every university library in the world have one Wikipedia visiting scholar on staff?
- University partnerships. We'll target whole institutions and connect The Wikipedia Library with their library resources directly; for example, "The Wikipedia Library, partnered with MIT." This is a way to scale source access, although it is more challenging technically and legally.
- Library catalogue integration. Connecting to the multitude of existing source indexes and databases streamlines the research process for editors. We're exploring a partnership with OCLC, the world's largest library cooperative, to facilitate easier searching for and access to both open and closed access books, journals, and digital collections.
- Leverage our Wikipedia researchers. Through the Reference Desk, Resource Exchange, and Wikiproject Libraries, we have an army of talented information specialists. Let's connect with and support those research experts to use their skills for the benefit of the community by piloting a Research desk, Query service or Enquiry workflow. Why shouldn't every library professional spend one hour per week helping Wikipedia editors expand the encyclopedia through better research?
- Build tools which support research. Developing technology to connect directly with available sources, library search interfaces, citation indexes, and authorized websites makes all this easier.
- Make open access obvious. Piloting programs that signal when sources are freely accessible, and streamline pathways to collections of open repositories and publications encourages the cycle of open access.
- Connect with Libraries: Through programs like Wikipedia Loves Libraries and other GLAM initiatives, let's help institutions put on events and editathons that connect editors to institutions, their staff, and their collections.
The Wikipedia community is overflowing with reference and research experts, digital librarians, information curators, open access supporters, and database tools. Here's how you can find them and use them:
- Reference desk: ask questions and get answers about specific research topics on Wikipedia
- Resource exchange: find sources and trade access to references you need for building articles
- Resource collections: access research in many fields using freely available sources
- Book sources: search open library catalogs for the works that define your research
- Free newspaper sources: a list of major English newspaper sources that are free to access and text-searchable
- Wikiproject Libraries: join a community of Wikipedians passionate about libraries
- Global library networks: help us partner with the world's library cooperatives, like OCLC
- Account donations: access free accounts donated to the Wikipedia Library by partners
You're invited to join in this open project! Help Wikipedians collaborate and do amazing research. There are numerous ways to get involved--project management, institutional outreach, research assistance, community organizing, library help, technology and tool-building, graphic design--we'll find a path that best uses your strengths. Get involved.
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Jake Orlowitz (Ocaasi)
I started working on library outreach in 2011 when I contacted HighBeam Reference for an account. They said, "How about 1000?" I was hooked. I started managing and expanding research account donations. To combine and extend our many library-related projects into a shared, helpful, and powerful universe of resources, I started The Wikipedia Library in 2012 and have continued to work on it through a WMF Individual Engagement grant in 2013. I'm a passionate believer in free culture and open knowledge--and a cheerleader for universal access, scientific and cultural literacy, and all kinds of research.
skills: I'm a connector and organizer. My strength is in finding ways to unite people to share their talents with the community. I'd like to help coordinate our community of passionate library and research experts to build a powerful, open, and free hub for conducting the vital work they do, and helping others join in, too.
visited: 08:50, 16 August 2013 (UTC)
Am a physician and long term Wikipedian
skills: Working to get high quality health information to all in the language of their choosing
visited: 13:27, 24 August 2013 (UTC)
I started editing Wikipedia in 2009. At that time I used to edit anonymously. I registered this account in 2011. I am mostly work in WikiProject India articles.
skills: I want to work Indian section of Wikipedia Library.
visited: 16:06, 22 August 2013 (UTC)
Been hanging around libraries and researching all my life. Increased access to the vast quantity of material behind online paywalls for our contributors who do not live near a major library will improve the quality and accuracy of Wikipedia, and Wikinfo.
visited: 13:23, 24 August 2013 (UTC)
I'm a web developer at PubMed Central, and a big Wikipedia fan. Anything that can help reduce the friction of getting reliable sources into the hands of competent editors is big win for everybody.
skills: Web development, scripts, formats, standards, linked data
visited: 15:15, 24 August 2013 (UTC)
I am knowledgeable about academic publishing and editing of journals and books
skills: I mainly work on articles about academic journals and, a bit less, on biographies of academics.
visited: 16:46, 24 August 2013 (UTC)
I am a librarian now retired;I worked in a public library for 22 years and then for 11 years in regional administration coordinating library programms.
skills: I would like to share teaching materials e strategies and work on translation.
visited: 05:37, 25 August 2013 (UTC)
I'm very interested in the public library connection to Wikipedia and the sister projects. The role of the public library space is changing, and with it the role of the public librarian. I see my contributions as twofold: educating public librarians about the depth/breadth of Wikipedia (more than just article writing), and helping public library institutions develop programs where they, Wikipedia and the library patron intersect. I envision a day soon when every person considers themselves a librarian, library patron and Wikipedian.
I've been involved with a GLAM project and from that learned about the power of Wikipedians to get things done! I loved the collaborative/community experience with contributors of all skill sets and backgrounds. I believe that information wants to be free, and that openable content should be open
skills: I'm a community builder, and have lots of time in as a project manager. I'm involved with the Program Evaluation folks here, in part because the US presence is currently soft. I'm also on mission (crusade?) to educate public librarians in my semi-rural mid-Western area about Wikipedia/sister projects, and have developed teaching tools for that.
visited: 13:00, 25 August 2013 (UTC)
I've worked in a variety of academic, special, and state library organizations since 2001 usually in positions that have blended technology administration with the more perennial library skill sets including reference, cataloging &c. over the last couple of years, I've become more and more interested in open education resources, including MOOCs, wikipedia, OA publishing.
skills: I'd like to work on continuing to promote wikipedia within the research/info lit sphere, particularly projects that connect wikipedia to local library collections, collaborative or blast editing as a research or specialist exercise
visited: 17:18, 25 August 2013 (UTC)
I am a long-term Wikipedian mostly active in German Wikipedia since 2005.
skills: Founding member of Wikimedia Deutschland's outreach programme for schools and universities from its very start in 2010 till the end in 2013. Public speaker on Wikipedia in education. Would like to help connect the Wikipedia Library to German-speaking academia, libraries, and publishers.
visited: 16:02, 26 August 2013 (UTC)
I am a post-doctoral researcher in English Literature and the medical humanities, so I am a long-time library user. I'm also a significant advocate of open access education and open knowledge platforms like Wikipedia. I'm currently working at the National Library of Scotland as the Wikimedian-in-Residence.
skills: As the Wikimedian-in-Residence at the NLS, I'm trying to create and strengthen connections between Wikipedians and Librarians, Curators, and Cataloguers in the Library; this includes organising public events and internal workshops to introduce NLS staff to the Wikipedia community and to unite those with extensive access to and knowledge of the Library's collections with those who are actively improving Wikipedia's knowledge base. However, as a researcher myself, I am also hoping to promote Wikipedia amongst academic colleagues as well and to encourage more academics to contribute to Wikipedia.
visited: 11:52, 27 August 2013 (UTC)
I'm a long-term Wikipedian (8+ years), a lifelong wanderer of l-space, and a generalised collector and curator of resources.
skills: I'd like to help organizing, copyediting, linkfixing, and general wiki-gnoming, for this project.
visited: 19:03, 28 August 2013 (UTC)
I'm a digital librarian, working with open access journals and digitization of books. I'm an admin of it.wikisource from 2006.
skills: Open Access!
visited: 09:16, 29 August 2013 (UTC)
I 'm interested in joining. Also I think we need to have a program to get professors and experts in the fields to start contributing.
visited: 13:42, 29 August 2013 (UTC)
Wikipedia is the world's most consulted source of health information and I want every health article to be perfect. The availability of good health information helps people make better health decisions, and better health decisions result in better health for everyone. To make Wikipedia's health content better I want everyone to have access to all the research resources they need to collaboratively and continually develop it.
skills: I do outreach to health classes through the Wikipedia Education Program and am an advocate for open access to research literature.
visited: 19:29, 29 August 2013 (UTC)
I'm a student. But I don't want to learn only what's in my syllabus. I want to learn more about the world. Which means I want to learn what I can learn beside my syllabus. So this is why I want to work with libraries which will help me to learn.
skills: Can make programs.
visited: 13:41, 30 August 2013 (UTC)
I probably got radicalized on the topic of open knowledge starting in 2004, when I began two years as the Council on Library and Information Resources Postdoctoral Fellow at NCSU Libraries. Although I had just earned a PhD in English literature, I hadn't fully realized just how expensive library resources were becoming in the digital age, and how foolish it was in an age of instant individual publishing to the web. Right now I am Research Assistant Professor and THATCamp Coordinator at the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, helping scholars worldwide organize their own version of The Humanities and Technology Camp, “an inexpensive, open meeting where humanists and technologists of all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot.” Before that, I was an Assistant Research Scholar in the Archives and Public History program at New York University, where I helped develop a model curriculum emphasizing digital skills, and where I developed and taught the graduate course “Creating Digital History.” My research interests center on the history of poetic form, specifically the villanelle.
skills: Connecting Wikipedians with universities and university libraries, encouraging editathons at THATCamps, maybe doing more Wikipedia editing than I've gotten around to.
visited: 20:52, 6 September 2013 (UTC)
Bachelor of Arts(History) What brings me to research? Perhaps, curiosity!
skills: Could help digging up reliable sources online or offline. I do not remember if I ever felt bored using this machine, called computer.
visited: 20:28, 9 September 2013 (UTC)
Martin of Sheffield
I've been a bit of a bibliophile from childhood. I worked for a year and a half in a county central library (in the 1970s), and often took my breaks up in the reserve stock finding all sorts of hidden gems. I now work in the computer industry, but have retained my bookish interests. We have an estimated 5,000 volumes at home (non-fiction) and I'm slowly working through cataloguing them using Dewey abridged. Most of my Wiki editing is around Kent (UK) or the Northeast of England.
skills: Mainly I've been involved with content, but as a programmer I may become more interested in templates and the like.
visited: 22:40, 11 September 2013 (UTC)
I'm work for OCLC, a non profit that is committed to helping libraries effectively share resources, collaborate, and cut costs. I work in OCLC Research and have had the priviledge of working with our Wikipedian in Residence. I've worked in libraries since 1988 and I'm passionate about making our fabulous library resources more available to the public. On the Wikipedia side, I've had an account since 2005; while I'm not a super active editor, I do what I can. I'm an active member of the GLAM-US Consortium Advisory Group.
skills: I love to talk to librarians and archivists about how to leverage Wikipedia. I've been talking to librarians about their interest in this project. If you would like to talk to me, consider me your friendly library colleague!
visited: 20:12, 3 October 2013 (UTC)
I am a librarian in the public system in Vancouver, Canada. I have been editing Wikipedia since late 2008. My desire is for Wikipedia to be not only the world's largest free repository of knowledge, but a reliable source of information as well. Libraries provide the raw materials to build reliable articles. I'd like to be part of the process of bringing libraries and Wikipedia editors together.
skills: Community organizing, outreach to libraries, experience with library cataloguing, metadata, knowledge of databases and bibliographic resources
visited: 17:24, 9 October 2013 (UTC)
I'm a self improvement and professional development specialist, exploring how to quantify personal learning environments and advocate for the adoption of emergent technologies for professional development within organizations.
skills: I have passion for connecting people to innovative learning solutions that are cost effective and relevant, active in Academic Institutional outreach activities with strong online research skills.
visited: 01:24, 20 October 2013 (UTC)
Longtime military researcher and voyager to far-flung countries, now with a PhD. Have had field time in the DR Congo, Sierra Leone, and Timor Leste. Several published articles on modern militaries.
skills: As my edits will show, I do a lot on military units and formations, and things like the Military of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Be very interested in sharing knowledge of countries that En-Wiki is not very strong on, especially in Africa.
visited: 00:39, 28 October 2013 (UTC)
I graduated with a Juris Doctor with a certificate in international law. I was awarded an Admissions Scholarship Award, the Gillis Long Public Service Award, and my law school's Skills Curriculum Award. I earned a Master of Laws degree in Taxation. From 2001 to 2003, I was a Presidential Management Fellow. I am an attorney, who is admitted to practice in District of Columbia, Louisiana (currently inactive), U.S. Tax Court, and the U.S. Court of International Trade. The New York Times interviewed me because of my Wikipedia articles on North Korea and on feminism.
skills: I like to think I am a very good Event promotion coordinator for the Wikimedia District of Columbia and a Department of the Treasury Attorney. I have access past the ultimate pay/fire wall of the IRS Historical Library, which will support the Wikipedia Library's initiatives and partnerships.
visited: 21:21, 29 October 2013 (UTC)
I'm a librarian who works with data, and my interests as an aspiring Wikipedian are intertwined with my professional identity as a librarian. In general, I believe that contributing to Wikipedia can help librarians, archivists, and curators reframe their professional relevance in new ways. What interests me the most is the potential for translating between the data formats used by libraries and archives and those used by the Wikipedia community. Recently, I've been involved in working on a tool called the Remixing Archival Metadata Project (RAMP) editor that tries to do some of that cross-community conversion.
skills: Familiarity with a variety of metadata formats and an eye for structured data. Academic background in Latin American and Caribbean studies (emphasis on Brazil) and English literature. Good at copyediting and happy to be a WikiGnome.
visited: 16:53, 30 November 2013 (UTC)
CaroleHenson Project management (25 years experience), researcher
I have been a consultant and project manager for more than 25 years, particularly around people and IT process solutions - and my strengths are seeing the big picture and being dogged in working out details. I particularly like research - and doing what I can to review and update articles. One editor that I worked with on a series of articles called me a "forensic editor" for my efforts to validate sources, source information, context, application of WP guidelines, etc. in article review. I particularly like historic, visual arts, biographies, and humanities article types. So far, I have created several hundred articles and worked/edited more than 7,000 articles with 312,222 edits.
skills: research, project management, source information validation or acquisition, and copy editing
visited: 16:28, 9 December 2013 (UTC)
I have been active with Wikipedia since 2006 because Wikipedia is free for everyone to access. Every article that appears on the main page of Wikipedia is read by at least hundreds of readers and normally thousands. The average academic journal article is only read by between 3 and 4 people, mainly because journal subscriptions and journal database subscriptions are prohibitively expensive for the average global citizen. Humanity has amassed an overwhelming amount of knowledge, and the majority of that knowledge is out of the grasp of the average person because it is too expensive to access. As academics, we have spent an inordinate amount of time and energy producing novel treatises on novel concepts rather than disseminating the knowledge that we have already attained. Wikipedia allows us to give our knowledge to the world, instantly and free of charge.
skills: I am a Master of Library and Information Science student. My Wikipedia-related research is focused on human trafficking.
visited: 16:47, 9 December 2013 (UTC)
Hello, I'm an associate editor at the scientific journal PLOS Biology (Hashi Wijayatilake) and I'm seeking advice from the WikiProject Academic Journals group. Currently the wikipedia page for PLOS Biology is under populated and not very useful and also partly inaccurate. We'd be keen to see this updated so that it provides a useful description of the journal. Would members of this project be ok with me editing this information? I wanted to introduce myself first so there are no perceived conflicts of interest. Thanks for your help in advance
visited: 13:45, 11 December 2013 (UTC)
I have a Master's in cognitive psychology and am currently volunteering with the Pritzker Military Museum & Library through our GLAM Project. Helping editors find the resources they need to write content is something I'd like to help with, and have done a little of through academic WikiProjects, such as WikiProject Psychology and Wikiproject Japan
skills: I enjoy snooping around libraries on the hunt for sources and I like perusing through archives for historical documents. Google News, Google Scholar, Google Books, adn the Internet Wayback Machine are my bread and butter.
visited: 16:46, 11 December 2013 (UTC)
I've been editing wikipedia since 2010. I've created 100 articles and contributed to more than 700. I am a wikisloth in that I range freely and fearlessly -- and some would say haphazardly -- across the universe of knowledge, but most of my work relates to history or geography. I may be of limited utility to this project because I know practically nothing about computers and have only the most basic knowledge about how one edits wikipedia. Getting this blurb published here was a challenge for me! Moreover, to my eternal discredit, I have little interest in improving the sorry state of my technical ability.
I like to research and I like to write. I create content and I love obscure subjects which require a diligent search for scraps of information. Thus, I am interested in securing for myself and others the widest possible free access and open dissemination of information. I'd be happy to participate in any activity with that aim.
visited: 14:49, 12 December 2013 (UTC)
I am a researcher who likes to work in a variety of areas on Wikipedia. I joined The Wikipedia Library to return my appreciation for the access to sources which have helped improved articles in various subjects including my academic interests.
skills: Finding resources and assisting new editors
visited: 19:10, 13 December 2013 (UTC)
I love to edit history and Mexico City history since 2006 in Spanish Wikipedia. Currently I am president of Wikimedia México, and I want to do more about the themes of the project.
skills: Research, project organizer. I can make local procedures and manage new access in mexican digital repositories and libraries.
visited: 01:58, 15 December 2013 (UTC)
Gustavo Sandoval Kingwergs
Diffusion was a big interest for me during adolescence, when I first read several Mexican and international science diffusion journals. My first research jobs were during my courses to obtain the BSc in psychology (UNAM). My first awareness about digital libraries/information was during my translation courses at El Colegio de México. I started using Wikipedia during my daily job as a certified English-Spanish-English translator of official documents. I soon realized the importance of free knowledge for diffusion. Now I am vicepresident at Wikimedia México and am deeply interested in the mixture of all these ingredients, with the aim of diffusing free knowledge (science, technology) for the general public.
skills: I'd love to contribute writing and doing research about sleep science (insomnia, sleep disorders) and the use of translation inside Wikipedia to improve articles about these issues.
visited: 02:20, 15 December 2013 (UTC)
I'm a long-term Wikipedian and researcher with interests in library science and open access
skills: research, writing, editing
visited: 22:55, 16 December 2013 (UTC)
I'm Richard Jensen, a retired history professor with an interest in a range of American & European history topics. I've organized day-long to month-long workshops for history teachers, grad students and professors, with emphasis on statistical methods and computers (we started with punch cards in 1968!) I directed 14 of these workshops at the Newberry Library in Chicago, and did others at 29 universities and 9 high schools.
skills: organize and teach workshops for Wiki editors with historical interests; introduce them to the historiography and journal resources; write grant proposals to foundations
visited: 12:50, 31 January 2014 (UTC)
I am currently pursuing my Masters in Information Management with a focus on Linked Data application development. I previously worked as a software developer. I've been a Wikipedia contributor since 2007, and focus on adding proper sources to articles. I have a passion for connecting researchers with data.
skills: I would like to apply my software development skills with my Wikipedia experience to help this project
visited: 01:16, 20 April 2014 (UTC)
I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.
The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.
— Albert Einstein
People can lose their lives in libraries. They ought to be warned.
— Saul Bellow
You build a thousand castles, a thousand sanctuaries, you are nothing; you build a library, you are everything!