Wikipedia and libraries

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An overview of Wikipedia, followed by a discussion of the relationship between libraries and Wikipedia.

Wikipedia is a really important resource but a lot of people don’t fully understand how it works, and I think it’s particularly important for educators and librarians to do so. This presentation is about what WIkipedia is, how to edit it, and why we can use it as not only a useful source of information but a great information literacy teaching tool.

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Wikipedia and libraries

  1. 1. Wikipedia and libraries May 2013 Stuart Lawson Anglia Ruskin University
  2. 2. Wikipedia• collaboratively edited online encyclopaedia• over 4 million articles in English• community driven
  3. 3. Five pillars• Wikipedia is an encyclopaedia
  4. 4. Five pillars• Wikipedia is an encyclopaedia• Wikipedia is written from a neutral point of view
  5. 5. Five pillars• Wikipedia is an encyclopaedia• Wikipedia is written from a neutral point of view• Wikipedia is free content that anyone can edit, use, modify and distribute
  6. 6. Five pillars• Wikipedia is an encyclopaedia• Wikipedia is written from a neutral point of view• Wikipedia is free content that anyone can edit, use, modify and distribute• Editors should interact with each other in a civil and respectful manner
  7. 7. Five pillars• Wikipedia is an encyclopaedia• Wikipedia is written from a neutral point of view• Wikipedia is free content that anyone can edit, use, modify and distribute• Editors should interact with each other in a civil and respectful manner• Wikipedia does not have firm rules
  8. 8. Policies• neutral point of view• verifiability• no original research
  9. 9. http://www.wikipedia.org
  10. 10. so what?
  11. 11. so what?• contribute to knowledge
  12. 12. so what?• contribute to knowledge• size
  13. 13. so what?• contribute to knowledge• size• shared mission
  14. 14. • “As someone professionally affiliated with an institution in the cultural sector (such as a museum, library, archive, public art gallery or similar) you are a custodian of our cultural heritage, which places you in a unique position to improve Wikipedia. Our goal is to provide access to knowledge freely (gratis and libre), and your expertise and institutions collection are welcome and necessary if we are to achieve that goal.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Advice_for_the_ cultural_sector (Accessed: 26 March 2013)
  15. 15. Wikipedia and libraries• Wikipedia loves libraries http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Loves_Libraries• Wikipedian in residence http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedian_in_Residence• Library resources box http://everybodyslibraries.com/2013/03/04/from-wikipedia-to-our-libraries/
  16. 16. Information literacy• critically evaluate information sources• difference between primary and secondary sources• explain difficult concepts• collaborative working• make a contribution
  17. 17. References – Wikipedia pagesWikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WikipediaAdvice for the cultural sector http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Advice_for_the_cultural_sectorFAQ For Librarians http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/FAQ_For_LibrariansFive pillars http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Five_pillarsWikipedian in residence http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedian_in_ResidenceWikipedia loves libraries http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Loves_Libraries
  18. 18. ReferencesFlood, Alison, 2012. Philip Roth’s complaint to Wikipedia. The Guardian[online], 11 September 2011. Available at:http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2012/sep/11/philip-roth-wikipedia?INTCMP=SRCH [Accessed: 28 March 2013].Ockerbloom, John Mark. 2013. From Wikipedia to our libraries. Everybody’sLibraries [online], 4 March 2013. Availableat: http://everybodyslibraries.com/2013/03/04/from-wikipedia-to-our-libraries/[Accessed: 28 March 2013].
  19. 19. by Stuart Lawson@lawsonstupresentation available at Slideshare:http://www.slideshare.net/StuartLawson1/wikipedia-and-librariesThis work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 UnportedLicense

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