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State Library of Western Australia guidelines for editing Wikipedia
Wikipedia is different from most other social media channels used by the State Library of Western Australia. Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, so it is a tertiary source that does not publish original information, that is, information for which no independent secondary source exists. Wikipedia contributors, including Library staff, do not own their contributions; contributions may be contested or changed. Wikipedia is a community-written encyclopedia and members of the public may write about Library objects or the Library itself.
These guidelines communicate the State Library’s expectations of staff engaging in editing Wikipedia articles and provide a public-facing explanation of the editing methodology of State Library staff, and also acknowledge that the institution is aware of and dealing with any potential conflicts of interest in (paid) staff editing.
The guidelines were based on the ones developed by the State Library of New South Wales for a similar project. The State Library of New South Wales used the draft United States National Archives WikiProject's internal guidelines as a template, both are available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. These guidelines are published under the same license.
Creating and editing articles in Wikipedia is in line with the State Library of Western Australia’s mission of providing open access to contemporary and historical knowledge.
The Newspaper Project
The Library's Newspaper Project is writing and developing Wikipedia articles about current and historic Western Australian newspapers. It includes contributing to comprehensive list articles as well as articles on individual newspapers from the lists.
The Library edits articles and topic areas related to its collections. These include:
Ongoing work on articles as part of the Wikipedia project at the State Library of Western Australia can be found at SLWA Ongoing Work.
The training manual developed by the Wikipedia:GLAM/SLQ helps participants continue to use their Wikipedia editing skills in their own time. Another potentially useful guide (with video) can be found at Wikipedia:GLAM/BeginnersGuide.
Information about the planning and evaluation will be added to the evaluation page.