We are excited to finally start coordinating among #1lib1ref organizers
If you haven’t yet, we invite you to read the lessons that we learned from
last year’s great campaign:
As with last year, we hope to launch #1lib1ref on Wikipedia’s 16th birthday
in January, asking librarians to “Give a birthday present to Wikipedia, by
adding a reference”.
Last year we got a lot of feedback from librarians that they would have
planned more activities if “they just had a bit more warning and time” so
we are extending the campaign from eight days to 19 days, from January 15
through February 3.
We hope this does two things: a) it allows for several waves of
communications and people adopting the campaign for local events and b)
fits better with the start of the Spring Term at many universities in the
Northern Hemisphere, where librarians are in demand for various activities.
We also noticed last year a lot of social media about informal gatherings:
librarians wanted to learn about Wikipedia socially at physical events. We
think this is a great opportunity, so the Wikipedia Library team is
developing a coffee hour kit that provides enough material to help
librarians coordinate a small gathering, where they can talk about
Wikipedia with their peers and add their one reference.
The kit is going to include: a) recommendations for planning, b) a series
of discussion questions, c) easy suggested activities, and d) a flyer
template for promoting the event locally. If you would like to help build
the kit, or a new 1lib1ref logo, let us know.
How you can help
We hope the campaign offers a platform for engaging librarians in your
region and context to learn more about Wikimedia projects. We know
librarians use Wikipedia for a variety of purposes, but the campaign’s
story--specifically how our references work--becomes a shared foundation
for understanding and entering our community. If you would like to
coordinate #1lib1ref in your area, here are the main steps:
Join the Wikipedia + Libraries Facebook group:
Fill out this survey:
Review Citation Hunt -- a volunteer-developed tool that allows for
randomly being offered a citation. Check if your language is supported in
the top right.
Report Bugs or request features or language support:
Review Hashtag Tracking -- a way to track edits made through the edit
Report bugs or request features or language support:
Translate the campaign page to your local language. We want to have it
ready for translation no later than November 10th and will notify you with
an email that it’s ready.
Begin reaching out to partners that you think will want to participate
during the campaign through a) communications or b) activities.
We look forward to collaborating with you! Thanks so much for your
help--it should be a lot of fun.
Learn more about how the communities behind Wikipedia, Wikidata and other
Wikimedia projects partner with cultural heritage organizations: