Hello Library leaders!
I would like to ask all of you for your comments between now and February
16th on prioritizing support to program leaders/affiliates through our
newly integrated Program Capacity and Learning team  (This includes the
Wikipedia Education Program, The Wikipedia Library, Learning and Evaluation
with added support for GLAM and Affiliate Partnerships).
Through community interviews, we created criteria for prioritizing support
to community leaders and identified core projects for building capacity
across the movement. Your input on these criteria and program capacity
projects will guide our annual planning.
Here's how to add your perspective:
1) Go to the Program Capacity and Learning Discussion Page :
Comment on the criteria we chose to prioritize our work 
Comment on proposed projects 
2) The voice of community leaders is key to the WMF overall strategy and
our annual planning. Share your input regarding WMF strategy from your
Thank you in advance for being a thought leader and partner in our work to
advance the Wikimedia Movement.
The Wikipedia Library
The Wikipedia Library is really excited about the #1lib1ref campaign taking
off -- we seem to have found a concept that will excite the global
libraries community to talk more with us, about our common mission: helping
the world get access to reliable knowledge.
Please explore the hashtag on Twitter and other social media: we have
several dozen websites, library organizations, and individuals blog and
reflect on their experience. For example:
https://twitter.com/search?q=%231Lib1Ref . I have included a preview of
some of our tracking below for a sense of our scale.
Please use the campaign to promote the exciting GLAM, research, and
Wikimedia community projects you think librarians would be interested in.
We still need your help:
Keep sharing and emphasizing the hashtag #1lib1ref. Try to pair your
posts with #Wikipedia15 when you can.
Help translate the main page of the campaign into more languages:
Note: We use some of the headers and sentences in this page, to
generate multilingual social media posts.
The campaign technically starts on Friday, but we need to continuously
remind the global libraries community that they a) can start adding
references now, and b) should continue adding references all next week. Oh,
and its not just librarians who are adding references for the campaign --
that's just our target audience :)
Publish blogposts talking about Wikmedia’s opportunities with libraries.
Here are a small sample blog posts that might help inspire your work:
From our Italian Colleagues :
From DLF: https://www.diglib.org/archives/11060/
From our Catalan colleagues:
Reach out to the librarians using the hashtag: some of them are even
hosting lunch gatherings, or small editing events that engage library
staffs. These librarians are potential leaders for local events and
If successful, we hope to run a similar campaign next year, with more
direction and leadership from a volunteer committee (this year we decided
to move quick, and test the concept alongside #Wikipedia15 ). If you are
interested in helping organize, let us know at
Give feedback on the campaign and resources that would be helpful for next
years campaign on the talk page on meta :
Thank you so much for those who have already stepped up to lead on social
media and translating the meta page!
The Wikipedia Library
What impact are we seeing?
We are tracking several different elements of this campaign:
Usage of the hashtag in social media -- over 600 tweets have used the
hashtag since January 4. We are also tracking the hashtag on facebook and
linkedin -- both of which are major networks for librarians.
Our facebook event is beginning to spread -
https://www.facebook.com/events/975178119187954/ -- please invite more
people from your library networks
Page views - we are seeing between 400-600 pageviews, with nearly 7000
views in the last month on the English Version of the campaign page, and
Italian, French and Spanish are seeing 40-60 views a day. Moreover,
Catalans page, which is on ca.wikipedia, has seen over 2000 visits in the
We are beginning to see hashtag used on English Wikipedia’s edit
summaries http://tools.wmflabs.org/hashtags/search/1lib1ref . Based on
other social media discussions, we think this represents <60% of the
activity so far.
We are working with Stephen LaPorte to help the tool support top 20
language Wikipedias, and Wikipedias like Romanian where we know community
members are sharing the campaign. Let us know if you don’t think your
language will be in that group.
A new phabricator item has been -- it would be incredibly useful for
other kinds of campaigns: https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T123529 .
Please leave feedback and use cases.
It's wonderful to see this coming together for Midwinter!
Roy, when you say that you expect to recruit people you know to help
distribute items and are fairly well equipped for Boston, do you mean that
you are not looking for any additional librarians to volunteer? I might
have some time, and I take it that Sara might as well.
Amanda / User:AmandaRR123
On Thu, Jan 7, 2016 at 7:00 AM, <libraries-request(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
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> Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2016 20:49:51 +0000
> From: "Tennant,Roy" <tennantr(a)oclc.org>
> To: Wikimedia & Libraries <libraries(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
> Cc: Mailing list for the Wikipedia Library project
> Subject: Re: [libraries] Wikipedia Library Reference (#1Lib1Ref) drive
> for Wikipedia 15
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> I have the stickers that Jake kindly had made, and they will be available
> at the OCLC and National Library of Medicine booths in the exhibit hall,
> and I expect to also recruit people I know to help me distribute them more
> widely. Merrilee also gave me a slug of badge ribbons that she made that
> say "I edit Wikipedia". So I think I'm fairly well equipped for Boston.
> > On Jan 6, 2016, at 11:30 AM, Marks, Sara R <Sara_Marks(a)uml.edu> wrote:
> > I am a bit behind on this- vacation. Merrilee, do you need some help
> > distribution of stickers? Do we want to schedule time on Friday or
> > to meet and maybe edit? I have a spare Wikipedia shirt hanging around
> > am happy to bring it to give to someone.
> > Side note, when it comes to library conferences, badge ribbons are a hot
> > commodity. I would encourage that a bunch be made for future
> > All they need to say is ŒWikipedian¹ and include a spot for people to
> > write in their username. They can be picked up at booth. I think
> > librarians are a bit more ravenous about ribbons than tech people (who I
> > noticed prefer stickers).
> > Sara
> > On 12/18/15, 12:44 PM, "Libraries on behalf of Jake Orlowitz"
> > <libraries-bounces(a)lists.wikimedia.org on behalf of jorlowitz(a)gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >> I love the idea. We would need to do some quick turnaround with a
> >> sticker logo. Given the timeframe, could I have them shipped directly
> >> to you or Merrilee? Jake
> >>> Thats a great idea! The Wikipedia 15 page has plenty of information on
> >>> creating local swag to celebrate Wikipedia 15 :
> >>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_15 Moreover, at the
> >>> Library, we created a bookshelf of outreach tools we have used in the
> >>> past: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_Wikipedia_Library/Bookshelf
> >>> Phoebe Ayer is talking about doing a one-page share, and special shout
> >>> out to Jessamyn West for giving the 1lib1ref page a facelift:
> >>> https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_Wikipedia_Library/1Lib1Ref We look
> >>> forward to whichever communications materials you develop. Cheers,
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Amanda Rust / arrust(a)gmail.com
At the Wikipedia Library, we wanted to find a strategy for help our network
participate in the momentous
‘15 <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_15> celebrations.
We regularly talk with library advocacy groups like the International
Librarians Network, international library networks like IFLA and DLF,
professional publications like Infodocket, and scholarly publishers like
JSTOR and Project Muse. All of these have large networks of library
professionals active in social media spaces and have expressed the desire
to get more involved with Wikipedia.
To engage them for Wikipedia 15, we are creating a ‘mega microcontributions
drive’ called #1LIB1REF. We are going to run a week-long global campaign
focused on librarians adding references to Wikipedia articles that need
more or better citations. The goal is simple: every librarian in the world
adding one reference to a Wikipedia article, and then telling the world
The campaign page describing how this will work is a live draft on Meta:
We need GLAM-Wiki and TWL coordinators to help achieve broad impact with
the campaign. We are looking for help with the following:
Feedback/improvements to the main campaign page
Signing up to be a help contact in the "Contact a library leader" section
Help with internationalization (i.e. adding translation tags, ensuring
instructions for language-specific community policies, adding links to
maintenance categories or tools for language editions not yet represented,
Sharing the campaign with Library or Archive partners in your community,
and asking them to support it (We can include them as official partners
during the week, if their social media team help share the campaign)
Preparing or encouraging others to write blog posts and social media for
the Wikipedia 15 conversation focused on libraries and Wikipedia (for
example blog posts, see this post for ILN
or this post about the State Library of New South Wales
Update GLAM-Wiki Contact pages like
Tweeting, lots of tweeting (and retweeting) and sharing on other social
We hope that the #1LIB1REF campaign will help spread the word about
librarians not only trusting Wikipedia but contributing research support to
make it even better.
In turn, we hope this campaign creates more interest in your local
communities about GLAM-Wiki, Wikipedia’s role in Libraries, and how to
improve Wikipedia’s support of research for both Wikipedia readers and
Please let us know how you plan to participate!
The Wikipedia Library Team