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Wikipedia talk:Articles for creation/Daisy Corning Stone Spedden[edit]

Dear children's literature experts: The subject of this old draft is the author of a popular children's book. The text reads like a professional biography, and this pre-existing quote leads me to believe that it may be text from within the book itself. I read this years ago and I don't have a copy. Does anyone have access to the book and can check to see if this is all a copyright violation? Otherwise I would like to improve it. —Anne Delong (talk) 15:30, 29 May 2014 (UTC)

@Anne Delong: I'm not an expert, and don't have the book, but the article as I found it has serious copyright problems. I marked it up with <del></del> tags to show the part that is verbatim from the 1st article reference at that time: Encyclopedia Titanica. My edit summary suggested we should forget the author topic, grab the references, and make a Polar, the Titanic Bear article. (Google search: "Titanic Bear") The award-winning book has a solid 20 years history and a wealth of information for an article. Spedden has no apparent notability as an author outside the book. —Telpardec  TALK  06:01, 16 June 2014 (UTC)
GoogleBooks: "Titanic Bear" has 4 editions with no previews: 1994, 2001, 2001, and 2008. The book is mentioned in Titanic: Women and Children First, and Using Picture Books to Teach Language Arts Standards in Grades 3-5. It leads the Juvenile Fiction list in The Titanic: Historiography and Annotated Bibliography.

Children's literature artist Laurie McGaw[edit]

"Laurie McGaw has illustrated many books for children, including African Princess, The Illustrated Father Goose, Journey to Ellis Island, Polar the Titanic Bear, Something to Remember Me By, and To Be a Princess. She lives near Toronto, Ontario." --Google blurb about author, 1994 ed.
"Laurie McGaw is well known for her portraits of renowned figures as well as her award-winning illustrations in Polar The Titanic Bear and African Princess. Her work has been featured in books, magazines, and private and corporate collections for over thirty years." --Google blurb about author, 2001 ed.
Cheers. —Telpardec  TALK  06:01, 16 June 2014 (UTC)
@Anne Delong: I didn't hear anything back from anyone. —Telpardec  TALK  04:33, 9 July 2014 (UTC)
Thank you, Telpardec for checking this out. I will take your advice and make a Polar the Titanic Bear article, and redirect the author title to it. Sorry to have taken so long to respond; I somehow missed your first ping. While I don't have a copy of this book to hand right now, I read it aloud many times years ago during my work as a children's librarian. —Anne Delong (talk) 05:04, 9 July 2014 (UTC)
Sounds great. Thanks. —Telpardec  TALK  13:29, 9 July 2014 (UTC)
Telpardec, I have made a start on it. It's a little vague in spots, but see what you think. —Anne Delong (talk) 00:32, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────Anne Delong, It looks great to me. I went back through my notes and found a couple of items:

The illustrations [almost] won the 1994 Governor General's Awards#Children's Literature – Illustration.
Cheers. —Telpardec  TALK  02:14, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

  • Thanks, Telpardec; I found a use for all three items in improving the article. —Anne Delong (talk) 02:34, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

Leaflet For Wikiproject Children's Literature At Wikimania 2014[edit]

Hi all,

My name is Adi Khajuria and I am helping out with Wikimania 2014 in London.

One of our initiatives is to create leaflets to increase the discoverability of various wikimedia projects, and showcase the breadth of activity within wikimedia. Any kind of project can have a physical paper leaflet designed - for free - as a tool to help recruit new contributors. These leaflets will be printed at Wikimania 2014, and the designs can be re-used in the future at other events and locations.

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Adikhajuria (talk) 14:19, 13 June 2014 (UTC)

Literature Online Access[edit]

Hello all! At The Wikipedia Library we are currently in talks with Proquest's Literature Online and Early English Books Online to get Wikipedians access to those databases/collections. They asked us for a bit of information about how Wikipedians might use the research materials, asking us to do a brief survey. It would be extremely helpful if users could fill out the following Google form: Proquest - Literature Online / Wikipedia Library user interest survey. Afterward, while waiting for us to finish talks on Literature Online, we would like to invite editors to apply for already established available partnerships, listed at our partners page. Thank you for all of your help! Sadads (talk) 16:48, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

Just reminding everyone that this might be of interest! Calling all survey takers, Sadads (talk) 20:15, 4 August 2014 (UTC)

Comment on the WikiProject X proposal[edit]

Hello there! As you may already know, most WikiProjects here on Wikipedia struggle to stay active after they've been founded. I believe there is a lot of potential for WikiProjects to facilitate collaboration across subject areas, so I have submitted a grant proposal with the Wikimedia Foundation for the "WikiProject X" project. WikiProject X will study what makes WikiProjects succeed in retaining editors and then design a prototype WikiProject system that will recruit contributors to WikiProjects and help them run effectively. Please review the proposal here and leave feedback. If you have any questions, you can ask on the proposal page or leave a message on my talk page. Thank you for your time! (Also, sorry about the posting mistake earlier. If someone already moved my message to the talk page, feel free to remove this posting.) Harej (talk) 22:47, 1 October 2014 (UTC)