Libraries serve as society's gateway to knowledge. With the advent of the Internet and the rise of a digital information commons, libraries are spaces for citizen engagement, the preservation of cultural heritage, and the sharing of open information, along with their traditional role of maintaining collections of print and digital media for reuse.
The mission of Wikimedia is to empower and engage people around the world to collaboratively collect and develop open educational content, and to disseminate it effectively and globally. We see libraries as our natural partners in this endeavor. Working together, we can promote scholarly and cultural knowledge, information literacy, and open access.
Every October/November, Wikipedia Loves Libraries launches its annual campaign of wiki-workshops and editathons at libraries (and related institutions) in the spirit of Open Access Week. Any Wikipedia-friendly event could fall under the umbrella of Wikipedia Loves Libraries. Here are some tried-and-true examples from past events. An event could incorporate activities from one or more of these suggestions, or other creative ideas.
Is your library interested in getting involved in Wikipedia Loves Libraries? Want to talk about any other kind of partnership?