The Wikipedia Library is poised to continue growing and achieving its goals. We are excitedly requesting a 6-month extension for phase 2 of the project.
Phase 2 involves expansion of existing successful programs, integration of volunteers, creation of usable deployed reference tech tools, deeper outreach, and new experiments.
|Move from existing pilots to robust programs: Donations, Visiting scholars
||Growth and sustainability
||Personnel: Jake, Pat, Merrilee, Account coordinators, Metrics coordinator
|More donation partners and more accounts: Expand the number of partners we approach and pitches we make
||Jake and Pat
|Technical infrastructure : Eswitch alpha implementation and promotion, OAuth spec for account management
||Nischay, OAuth expert
|Regularize metrics - regular database link dumps for partners, consolidate into pamphlets and wikipages designed for promotion
||Jake and Patu, maybe funds for regular reporting from a current volunteer
|Community organizing: develop portal further, investigate ways to surface recent activity, highlight calls to action
||Internal outreach, broadening contributors
|Defined and filled roles for volunteer coordinators
||Participation and sustainability
||Jake and Pat, coordinators
|Promote TWL broadly outside of Wikipedia
||Jake and Pat, travel, talks, articles, blogs, social media, and conferences
|Build strategy to go global: pilot with at least 1 other language of Wikiedia: DE/ES partnership, Cochrane Library Spanish, Non-US Visiting scholar, seek diversity of sources (news, science, humanities, access to sources that address systemic bias)
||Jake and Pat, partner language, chapter, university
|New pilots: open access signaling and oa button integration, wikiloves libraries, research desk...
||Experimentation and growth
||Jake, legal review, volunteers (Daniel Mietchen/Aubrey McFato on open access, volunteer outreach coordinator for WLL)
The phase 2 budget includes more funding for essential project management, tech development, impact analysis, and networking with library experts.
||Johnuniq, or other volunteer
||Full link usage reports for donated references, run on all partnershis quarterly
|Travel, talks, conferences: ALA annual meeting in June (Las Vegas), OCLC office in San Francisco)
||$1000 (flight + hostel if needed)
||Present Wikipedia Library talks and programs; meetings with key business and technical partners.
|Technical development: Eswitch alpha version
||A working alpha version of the full text access script, deployed at at least one university.
|Technical development reserve: OAuth, Eswitch beta optimization
||Niscay, other OAuth expert
||We will flexibly use these funds for the most impact, whether that is improving the usability and effectiveness of Eswitch, or investigating security and access integration to third-party websites using OAuth.
|Co project coordinator
||$6,000 ($25/hr, 10hr/wk)
||Patrick Earley (The Interior), lead TWL Librarian
||Independent management of new partnerships, community outreach, newsletter, and volunteer positions.
|Lead project coordinator
||$12,000 (~ $25/hr, 20-30hr/wk)
||Jake Orlowitz (Ocaasi), lead TWL coordinator
||Creation and oversight of new partnerships, management of ongoing contractors and relationships, initiate new pilots, external outreach, recruit and oversee new volunteers, analyze impact across projects.
Phase 1 of The Wikipedia Library had a budget of $7,500, making the phase 2 proposed budget 300% of the initial round. Here's why that increase is appropriate:
|The original scope of the pilot (phase 1) was only to get more partnerships.
||In building towards phase 2 we established 4 additional compelling goals and multiple ways to advance them with. The central focus of phase 1 became developing The Wikipedia Library as the true community library of Wikipedia. Phase 2 expands upon this, and explores ways in which TWL could become 'the internet's library'.
|Phase 1 was a project of one person. Jake handled the full management, implementation, outreach, development, and analysis.
||In the course of phase 1 we developed a team of 2 managers, 5 outreach coordinators, 3 account coordinators, 2 technical developers, 1 coder, 27 members, and 250 newsletter recipients. We reached out to 1,500 + TWL subscribers with both news and surveys. Phase 2 expands upon and leverages that growth in participation.
|Phase 1 of the project was a startup focused on establishing presence, awareness, and pilot programs
||Phase 2 is geared towards sustainable growth, empowering the recruited volunteers to independently manage and expand existing programs.
|Phase 1 focused on internal outreach, promoting TWL to the Wikipedia community and recruiting volunteers from within.
||Phase 2 is equally about external outreach, promoting TWL to the broader library community and recruiting volunteers from outside our community.
|Phase 1 was about building relationships (OCLC, university libraries).
||Phase 2 is about advancing real programs by leveraging those relationships (Eswitch script, Visiting Scholar program).
|Phase 1 relied on irregular volunteer metrics to demonstrate impact.
||Phase 2 creates regular reports run each 3 months across all donations.
|Phase 1 was about exploring tech. We were waiting on tech to be developed--OCLC's Eswitch API was unpublished, and OAuth was not yet released. We funded Nischay to code a spec for the Eswitch script.
||Phase 2 is about building tech. We are taking the next step with these tools, building our Eswitch script and speccing out OAuth integration based on the recent release.
|Phase 1 funded Jake as an untested community organizer and library outreach facilitator.
||Phase 2 funds Jake (Ocaasi) as someone who has demonstrated organizational skill, built relationships to leaders in the library community, started new projects, and conducted successful program expansions.
|Phase 1 funded Pat only in the second half of the project (3 months at 6 hr/week).
||Phase 2 involves Pat in the entire 6 months and expands his role to 10 hr/wk.
|Phase 1 funded Jake with $5,000 for 10-15 hr/wk. This was a minimally liveable but not sustainable amount for project management.
||Phase 2 funds Jake for ~25 hr/wk at a standard rate comparable to that of WMF community liaisons. It's worth noting that the grant budget, like other contract positions, does not account for taxes or lack of benefits (health insurance, etc.). The increase in budget permits a more full-time focus on and investment in project advancement.
|The initial pilot was frankly cheap, appropriate for trying something new. We wanted to test the need for funded programs and we demonstrated a need.
||We laid the groundwork for significant expansion across multiple areas in Phase 1. In phase 2 we need to work within a budget which can support the expansion of successful programs.
We are still at a stage where the library is nimble and the workload is manageably distributed between paid coordinators and volunteers.