As trusted knowledge mediators, libraries have a responsibility to help improve the presence of Canadian culture on Wikimedia platforms. In this edit-a-thon, participants will ensure their own libraries are represented on Wikidata, Wikimedia Commons, and Wikipedia, and be better prepared to lead edit-a-thons in their own communities. Outcomes: Inspire libraries and archives to organize Wikipedia and Wikidata edit-a-thons with their communities; create as well as provide information.
When: Thursday, Feb 01 | 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Location: Metro Toronto Conference Centre (MTCC) - 203AB
Presentation: workshop slides
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- Smallison (talk) 03:42, 30 January 2018 (UTC)
- Dan Scott (talk) 19:43, 30 January 2018 (UTC)
- Monfaz (talk) 16:58, 30 January 2018 (UTC)
- Marie D Martel (talk) 19:20, 1 February 2018 (UTC)
What can I work on?
If your library already has a page you can consider adding further factual information such as:
- historical information
- information about branches
- information about unique collections.
It is important to remember to keep a neutral tone to your writing. You do not want your article to sound like a promotional piece.
Articles about Canadian libraries
- List of public libraries in Ontario ( 44 ) on Wikipedia.
- List of academic libraries in Canada ( 33 ) on Wikipedia.
Add a citation to an article about a Canadian library!
The 3rd iteration of the #1Lib1Ref is on now. The premise is very simple, if every librarian added one citation information on Wikipedia would be more accurate and verifiable. Be sure to add the #1Lib1Ref hashtag in your edit summary!
These libraries need citations added to their pages: Zotero group library
Wikipedia Commons is a repository of digital material. It is primarily made up of images. If you want to illustrate your Wikipedia article, you need to add it to Commons first. A point to remember:
- You must have permission of the rights holder to upload, or the content must be in the public domain or freely licensed.
- You can make Commons:Picture requests
Wikimedia Commons Library Categories
- Category:Libraries in Canada
- Category:Libraries in Canada by city
- Category:School libraries in Canada
- Category:Public libraries in Canada
- Category:Carnegie libraries in Canada
- Category:College libraries in Canada
- Category:University libraries in Canada
Get your (neighbour's) library on Wikidata
To avoid a conflict of interest, you shouldn't work on your own library. But hopefully you're sitting with someone who brought references and media about their library, so that they can work on adding or improving your library's presence on Wikidata, while you work on their library. Quid pro quo, make a friend, etc!
Put the J. N. Desmarais Library on Wikidata
To avoid a conflict of interest, Laurentian University has not yet had any of its libraries described on Wikidata. You can fix that! J. N. Desmarais Library references contains a useful reference, some suggested values, and a photo you can upload to Wikimedia Commons.
You can also use the references to add some basic info about the library to the Laurentian University Wikipedia page, where it currently is not mentioned!
General quick wins for Canadian libraries
If nobody near you has materials ready to help you get their library on Wikidata, there is still a lot of good you can do to help improve the representation of Canadian libraries in Wikidata:
- Add coordinates to these libraries so they will show up on a map
- Specify a more exact type than "library" so we can distinguish between academic and public libraries
- Search for libraries you know and add "country: Canada" if it's missing (we can't list Canadian libraries if we don't know they're in Canada!)
- Add street addresses ("located at street address")
- Add phone numbers
- Add references that support statements (you might find good references in the corresponding Wikipedia article)
Resources for editing
- Beginner's guide to editing Wikipedia
- How to maintain a Wikipedia:Neutral point of view
- How to avoid conflict of interest
- How to ensure Wikipedia:Verifiability including what does and does not count as a reliable source
- Wikipedia:Notability guidelines
- Citing sources
- Using the free citation management software Zotero to cite sources
- How to use images in articles
- Video on adding images to Wikmedia Commons 
Asking for help and resolving disputes
- Post a question on the talk page of another Wikipedia User's talk page
- Ask a question to the Wikipedia Teahouse question board
- Resources for resolving disputes: Wikipedia:Dispute resolution, Wikipedia:Etiquette, Wikipedia:Staying cool when the editing gets hot
- Zotero group folder for OLA SuperCon
- Wikipedia:Meetup/ArtAndFeminism meetup page - they offer wonderful tutorials and an edit-a-thon toolkit that can be repurposed
- Libguide for Music in Canada edit-a-thon at Western University
- Slides for training library staff at Music in Canada edit-a-thon at Western
- BAnQ scan-a-thon page