Good timing. I’m in Seattle for the day so we can do some planning for our grants. We want to use #1lib as a way of building interest in our program and this would tie in nicely!


Merrilee Proffitt, Senior Program Officer
OCLC Research


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Subject: Re: [libraries] Getting ready for #1lib1ref 2017



ALA Mid-winter in Atlanta happens during this time period: January 20-24.  Do we want to organize something at a local library, at the convention, or someplace else.

Would OCLC or one of the interest groups be willing to sponsor an edit-a-thon?

I am going to post this to the FB group too.



Sara Marks
Instruction & Outreach Librarian
UMass Lowell - O'Leary Library Rm. 260A
Twitter: @sara_marks
Wikipedia: Librarygurl
" I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent; curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism have brought me to my ideas.” - Albert Einstein


On Oct 31, 2016, at 3:38 PM, Alex Stinson <> wrote:


Hello Wikimedians!


We are excited to finally start coordinating among #1lib1ref organizers this month.


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”.  


What’s new?


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:


  1. Join the Wikipedia + Libraries Facebook group:  
  1. 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.
    1. Report Bugs or request features or language support:
  1. Review Hashtag Tracking -- a way to track edits made through the edit summary field.
  1. 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.
  1. 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.



Alex Stinson

Jake Orlowitz



Alex Stinson 

GLAM-Wiki Strategist

Wikimedia Foundation



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