I'm hoping you & yours are all well, safe and healthy in these
unprecedented times we have all found ourselves in.
I'm writing you today with my 'educator & researcher' hat on, with a
special request to help Piotr Konieczny & I spread the word about a new
global research we are conducting.
While using Wikimedia-related assignments (Wikipedia, Commons, WikiBooks,
WikiSource, Wikidata, Wiktionary etc) in the classroom has been used all
over the world for over a decade, very little research was conducted about
what instructors who have tried it actually think about the experience.
We are hoping that answering the questions in the survey will help us
- Whether this teaching approach is effective (or not)
- What are some of the challenges experienced by instructors
- How the process could be improved
The questions are meant for any instructors running a wiki assignment,
whether it is in k-12 or higher education, formal or informal educational
setting. We are hoping the results will allow us to globally share
experiences and learn from one another, so we can make it smoother, easier
and more effective for educators joining these efforts.
It is important to note that this would be the first time (that we know
of!) that an academic research of this type has been conducted around the
world, so we really need your help in spreading the word about it in your
local communities. We're hoping that any of you, supporting such
initiatives around the world over the years, would forward it to your local
Education contacts and ask them to participate. The more instructors
participating, the better.
We realize that it would have been great to have the questionnaire in a
variety of languages, but in order for us to process the data properly and
not via third-party translations and keep the anonymity and privacy of
participants, it was decided to release the survey just in English.
Here is a link to the survey - https://tinyurl.com/yd6dfata
Thank you all in advance, and of course, if there are any questions, Piotr
& I are here.
Stay healthy & safe!
*Shani Evenstein Sigalov*
* Lecturer, Tel Aviv University.
* EdTech Innovation Strategist, NY/American Medical Program, Sackler School
of Medicine, Tel Aviv University.
* PhD Candidate, School of Education, Tel Aviv University.
* Azrieli Foundation Research Fellow.
* OER & Emerging Technologies Coordinator, UNESCO Chair
<https://education.tau.ac.il/node/3495> on Technology, Internationalization
and Education, School of Education, Tel Aviv University
* Member of the Board of Trustees
* Chairperson, The Hebrew Literature Digitization Society
* Chief Editor, Project Ben-Yehuda <http://benyehuda.org>.
Librarians and library lovers,
We hope that you and your loved ones are taking care during this
challenging time. In just three days, starting from Friday May 15th, we
will be joining together around the world to make Wikipedia more reliable
We have just a few reminders:
Please follow the WHO’s health guidelines on the pandemic and avoid
physical convenings.  We encourage your participation in the campaign
virtually, by organising or participating in a virtual event.
You are already organizing! We are particularly excited about the
interventions happening in this round, the local adoption of the campaign
in Africa dubbed “African Libraries Week” by the African Library and
Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA), collaboration between
International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
and Wikimedia Argentina to organise a Webinar for LATAM and excited to see
public communication already addressing French, Spanish, English, Italian
and Portoguese language communities.
You can learn more about these events, and add your own to the virtual
Full resources and guides for participating in the May campaign are
available on the campaign website. The campaign will be fully tracked
with the hashtag tool, so we encourage you to ensure your contribution is
recorded by adding the hashtag (#1lib1ref) in your edit summary. This is
very important for monitoring the reach and success of the campaign.
We need your help sharing the campaign! Visit the communicate and share
page, to access materials (graphics) and general communication about the
campaign. Feel free to write a blog or make a post about the campaign
using the hashtag (*#1lib1ref / #1bib1ref)* and tag the Wikimedia and
Wikipedia Library Accounts.
Lastly, to learn more about the Wikimedia Foundation’s response to
COVID-19, please visit wikimediafoundation.org/covid19
 - https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
 - https://web.aflia.net/aflibwk/
 - https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_Wikipedia_Library/1Lib1Ref/Share
*Library Outreach Coordinator*
*Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/Home>*
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Call for Chapter Proposals – Due date June 1.
Project title: Wikipedia and Academic Libraries: A Global Project<https://sites.google.com/view/globalwikipedia/home?authuser=0>
Editors: Laurie M. Bridges, Raymond Pun, Roberto Arteaga
OA Publisher: Maize Books<https://www.google.com/url?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.fulcrum.org%2Fmaizebooks&sa=…>, an imprint of Michigan Publishing<https://www.google.com/url?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.publishing.umich.edu%2F&sa=D…>
License: CC BY 4.0<https://www.google.com/url?q=https%3A%2F%2Fcreativecommons.org%2Flicenses%2…>
* Proposals due: June 1, 2020
* Notifications sent by: June 30, 2020
* Send proposals as MS Word Document to: WikiGlobalProject(a)gmail.com
* Questions: WikiGlobalProject(a)gmail.com<mailto:WikiGlobalProject@gmail.com>
This open access edited volume will be a collection of approximately 20 chapters authored by academic library workers and faculty, Library and Information Science (LIS) faculty, and disciplinary faculty from around the globe that highlights engagement with Wikimedia-related projects and activities. This volume will be divided into two sections, and possibly a third: The first section will include real-world examples of activities and approaches to working with Wikipedia. The second section will focus on the theories and underlying concepts required for the development of pedagogical approaches to teaching with and within Wikipedia. A third thematic section may be added, depending on the breadth and number of submissions, for example, a section related specifically to Wikidata.
* We are seeking chapters that include both practical and theoretical work. Possible topics for chapters include (but are not limited to) the following list:
* Case studies of Wikipedia in information literacy instruction
* Student researchers in Wikipedia
* Collaboration between Wikimedia user groups and academic library staff
* Wikipedia student clubs and their connection to libraries
* Benefits of academic libraries partnering with Wikimedia projects
* The role of Wikimedians/Wikipedians in Residence
* Collaborating with university faculty in the classroom
* Edit-a-thon pedagogy and practice
* Critical Librarianship and Wikipedia
* Wikipedia's fight against misinformation and "fake news"
* Medical students and training
* Use of Wikibooks in classes
* Wikidata visualizations for education
* Increasing and diversifying the audience for archival collections through Wikipedia
* Addressing gaps in Wikipedia, such as gender, LGBTQ+, racial, linguistic, regional, etc.
Please send the following information to the editors by June 1, 2020:
A tentative title and abstract proposal: Up to 500 words in MS Word describing what you would intend to submit for this book. In your abstract, indicate which section of the book your proposal is aligned to.
Please include links to any other publications you may have (i.e. an article, a blog post, or anything else that best reflects your writing style)
Author CVs or resumes (no more than 2 pages)
Information for Accepted Proposals
Final chapters will be approximately 3,000 words in length. All citations must be APA 7th edition. This OA publication will be licensed under a CC BY 4.0 license. After final chapters have been edited and approved in English, authors will have the option of providing a second-language translation of their chapter. (example: English and Basque or English and Yoruba).This will be determined on a case by case basis.
April 1 – June 1, 2020: Call for chapter proposals is distributed
June 30, 2020: Chapter proposals selected and authors notified
October 1, 2020: First draft of chapters due to editors
December 1, 2020: Second draft of chapters due to editors
January 1, 2021: Manuscript to publisher
Remote working hours (PST): M-Th, 8 am – 1 pm, 7 pm – 10 pm; F 9 am – 5 pm
Make an appointment<https://oregonstate.libcal.com/appointments/Bridges> (Zoom)
Keybase<https://keybase.io/> app: LaurieBridges
Instruction and Outreach Librarian / Associate Professor
Oregon State University
OSU Libraries and Press
Library liaison to:
School of Writing, Literature, and Film
School of Arts and Communication