OCLC's Wikipedia + Libraries online training program in October
Library staff have continued in the nine-week OCLC Wikipedia + Libraries online training program. In October, course materials and exercises discussed how to use Wikipedia in community outreach efforts and programming. There were two 90-minute live online sessions, each featured guest presentations (the WebJunction newsletter provides a more thorough description of the guest presentations here):
On Oct. 11, Kerry Raymond and Jacinta Sutton presented about Wikipedia for staff development at the State Library of Queensland in Queensland, Australia with the #1lib1ref campaign and a Wikipedia club for staff called the QWiki club.
On Oct. 25, Rajene Hardeman and Sherry Antoine presented about the AfroCROWD model of community engagement. They described the ways that AfroCROWD meets the need of the diversity of newcomers to Wikipedia from the Afro-heritage community, with Rajene providing insight into the benefits of AfroCROWD's model from a librarian's perspective.
Course participants annotate a slide on Oct. 25 during a live online session
Between sessions, the Wikipedia + Libraries course participants began to edit Wikipedia articles. To date, participants have added links, verified claims with citations, and written or copy-edited text on more than 420 Wikipedia articles — totaling more than 4,000 edits.
Course participants are now formulating a plan of action for their libraries. The course ends on Nov. 15. More updates next month.