Talk:Wikipedia Loves Libraries/Communication

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Contacts[edit]

This page should instruct visitors on how to post a question on the talk page. It should also provide regional contacts to meetup groups or chapters who might assist in organizing library events. Perhaps also it could give links to people who do online support. Blue Rasberry (talk) 19:12, 27 June 2012 (UTC)

Sample email[edit]

Here's an email I sent to the email lists of the Music Library Association (MLA-L) and the International Association of Music Libraries (IAML) on July 19. I was attending the IAML conference the following week, so I solicited face-to-face conversations about getting started with Wikipedia Loves Libraries. -- Kosboot (talk) 18:34, 19 July 2012 (UTC)

Wikipedia Loves Libraries is a way for libraries, archives (and related institutions) to engage with the Wikipedia community for mutual benefit: Wikipedians get to use your library for enhancing Wikipedia, and you get new users in your doors.

Those of you who heard of last year's Wikipedia Loves Libraries campaign might be interested to know it's going to happen again this year. The end of October has been suggested as a target date (due to its conjunction with Open Access Week http://www.openaccessweek.org ), but last year's events were held anytime between September 2011 and April 2012 (the project page for last year with its participants is at:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Loves_Libraries/2011 ).

Last year's event was perceived as primarily North American, so this year Wikipedia wants to make sure that it is a world-wide event.

A Wikipedia Loves Libraries event can range from the very simple (e.g. allowing Wikipedians to meet in your space) to something more complex (an edit-a-thon, or scan-a-thon, talks, training sessions, etc.). The website which provides a good introduction with plenty of ideas is at:

http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Loves_Libraries

This year, OCLC is forging a relationship with Wikipedia. You can register for their two free webinars on why libraries should be involved with Wikipedia on 31 July and 2 August (two weeks from today):
http://www.oclc.org/research/news/2012-07-06a.htm

I'm sending this to both MLA-L and especially IAML-L because I'll be attending the IAML conference next week. If anyone attending the IAML conference has questions or wants to know how we planned Wikipedia Loves Libraries last year at NYPL last year, I'll be more than happy to talk with you. (The page showing what NYPL did is here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:The_Musical )

Hope to see you next week in Montréal!