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Submissions/Going Global: Creating and Growing a Wikipedia Library Branch in Your Own Language

This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2015.

Submission no.
Title of the submission
Going Global: Creating and Growing a Wikipedia Library Branch in Your Own Language
Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)
Author of the submission
Patrick Earley, Jake Orlowitz
E-mail address
PEarley (WMF), Ocaasi (WMF)
Country of origin
Canada, United States
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
The Wikipedia Library, Wikimedia Foundation
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

The Wikipedia Library is an open research hub, a place for active Wikipedia editors to gain access to the vital reliable sources that they need to do their work and to be supported in using those resources to improve the encyclopedia. We aim to make access and use of sources free, easy, collaborative and efficient. The Wikipedia Library is run by a team of staff and volunteers funded by the Wikimedia Foundation. But we operate on a community-organized satellite model: we administer the global project but work with local coordinators in local Wikipedia projects to help each community set up their own branch libraries. TWL successfully began on English Wikipedia, but every language community can build off of that experience and adapt the model to their own needs. We will share the process we have set up for building local branches in more language communities: first consulting your community to see what research services the community already has; developing a community of interest; growing beyond those services to meet community needs; and leveraging outside partnerships. We see each open research hub as way to both capitalize on the successes of English Wikipedia’s Library but also to discover and share back what uniquely works for your own community.

While each community branch will be unique, you are not alone in setting it up. The Wikipedia Library has a team at the Wikimedia Foundation who are experienced in and ready to mentor you in setup, communications, outreach, organization, management, metrics, planning, and building a network of collaborators. We are here to help.

This presentation will show how the Wikipedia Library works on English Wikipedia and explore the knowledge and tools available for building new branches:

  1. A discovery survey for existing resources, projects, and relationships related to research and the libraries on your wiki
  2. A community discussion framework to learn what your community wants and needs most from its branch
  3. Suggestions for how to get people signed up to help you implement a TWL branch on your wiki
  4. Pre-designed pages for library services and navigation
  5. Best practices for contacting publishers for journal and book donations
  6. A guide for creating university library online access partnerships
  7. Onwiki research desks and resource guides
  8. A ‘Source-exchange’ model for finding and sharing references
  9. Tips for finding reference professionals and involving cultural institution allies
  10. Data models for assessing the effectiveness of your programs
  11. Communication strategies for sharing your vision and successes with the broader community
  • WikiCulture & Community
Length of session (if other than 30 minutes, specify how long)
30 minutes
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