Wikipedia:Wikipedia Loves Libraries
Wikipedia Loves Libraries is a general initiative for improved Wikimedia engagement with libraries (and archives), and more concretely an annual campaign of wiki-workshops and edit-athons at libraries around Open Access Week in October/November.
The first Wikipedia Loves Libraries campaign was in 2011 across North America, and it's coming roaring back in 2012 worldwide.
It has been modeled on the summertime Great American Wiknic (multiple wiki-meetups on a single day), the broader WikiProject GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) collaboration effort, and the June 2011 edit-athon at the British Library, where Wikipedians gathered at the library, and were given access to library resources in order to expand Wikipedia articles about miscellaneous topics.
The advantages of the Wikipedia Loves Libraries model:
- easy to organize, even at small public libraries
- welcoming to everyone, Wikipedians, Librarians and all library patrons
- it's "the living reference section"
- also, it's fun!
Sign up to bring Wikipedia Loves Libraries to your institution! (bit.ly/wikiloveslib)
See the Wikipedia Loves Libraries Portal.
Planned 2013 library events 
Click here to add a planned event to this page.
United States 
- Missoula, Montana - Friday, January 4, 2:30-5:30pm - Missoula Public Library Wikipedia Workshop and Editathon
- West Hollywood, CA - Saturday, Mar. 23, 1-5pm - Wiki Loves WeHo at the West Hollywood Library.
- University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Sunday, April 14, 1:00-5:00 p.m. - African Americans in North Carolina Edit-a-thon at UNC Libraries
Click on the following links for details by year:
Potential participants 
- home libraries (invite friends over for your own)
- public libraries
- school libraries
- research libraries
- Groups + organizations
- library associations
- Friends of Libraries
- local historical societies
- civic groups
Individual participants might include, for instance, Wikipedians and/or non-Wikipedians, working offline and/or online.
Types of events 
Events can be organized by Wikipedians, or by librarians or any interested members of the public.
Possible program activities for the day:
- meetup of local Wikipedians and friends;
- Academy-like editing workshop, with experienced editors helping beginners (library professionals and patrons), teaching them (1) what Wikipedia is; (2) the basics of editing and (3) how their community can collaborate with the Wikimedia Foundation projects (primarily Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons);
- edit-athon of Wikipedia articles on local history and community using library resources (possible help provided by local historical societies, and by Wikiprojects such as WikiProject United States and WikiProject Canada);
- librarian-Wikipedian panel discussions and Q&A, with a discussion on issues such as copyright, Wikipedia's reliability and how Wikipedia can help publicizing library collections and make them more visible to online communities;
- train-the-trainers: library staff expand their skills as front-line trainers of new Wikipedians and strengthen the participatory media skills of library staff, who are then better equipped to respond to patrons' Wikipedia-related queries
In short, Wikipedia Loves Libraries can be a great easy-in to building the relationship between Wikipedia and this part of the cultural world it shares so much with, and lead to greater Wikilove/Librarylove in your region!
How to get involved 
- Advice for everyone
Check the list to see if there is already an event in your area. If not, go ahead and add one! Another good place to check is at Wikipedia:Meetup to see if there have been other wiki-meetups in your area in the past. If so, you could post there and ask if anyone is interested in a library meetup in October.
- Advice for librarians
The best advice here is, "Plan it and they will come." If you schedule a wiki event at your library and list it here, chances are excellent that experienced Wikipedians will notice it and sign up, and then you can coordinate with them about panels and Q&A sessions. You might also like to check whether there is a Wikimedia chapter active in your area: they'd love to help as well. Libraries should ideally have some computers available for accessing Wikipedia, or wi-fi access so that participants can bring their own computers. Libraries may also wish to compile a short list of special resources that they have available which could assist researchers. For example: Are there National Historic landmarks in your area that could use more information in their Wikipedia articles? Your library might have a wealth of books or other research materials which Wikipedians could use to expand those articles. There are many topics where research at a bona fide library would probably be more useful than just doing online web searches for sources. For example: Local history of towns, biographies of notable individuals in your area, histories of schools, local geographical features, or any other topic you can think of!
- Questions? Let's talk!
If you have questions, please click on the "Discussion" tab at the top of this page and ask whatever you want. You should get an answer back within hours, or even minutes!
Start a new discussion on the discussion page for help with planning your own event, please include as many details as possible.
See also 
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- Examples of past events
- British Library Edit-a-thons, January 14-15, 2011 and June 4, 2011
- Children's Museum of Indianapolis Edit-a-Thon, August 20, 2011
- Smithsonian Archives of American Art Edit-a-Thon, July, 2011
Further reading 
- Keller, Jared (June 16, 2011). "How Wikipedians-in-Residence Are Opening Up Cultural Institutions – Members of the Digital Encyclopedia's Cult of Knowledge Are Finding Their Way into Some of America's Most Celebrated Institutions". The Atlantic. Retrieved October 5, 2011.
- Kniffel, Leonard (June 26, 2011). Sue Gardner Calls for Librarians to Dive in to the World of Wikipedia. American Libraries. Retrieved October 25, 2011.
- Pousson, Eli (July 13, 2011)."Baltimore's Young Preservationist Happy Hour Meets Wikipedia". Baltimore Heritage. Retrieved October 5, 2011.
Coverage of WLL events