Over the summer, our Wikipedian in Residence, Max, did two webinars that gave librarians a glimpse behind the curtain of Wikipedia. One of the things he highlighed in those webinars was Wikipedia Loves Libraries, a Wikipedia-conceived initiative to bring libraries (and archives) closer together. We were heartened to learn that at least two of the events that are planned (at the Multnomah County Library on October 27th and West Hollywood on November 17th) were at least in part inspired by our webinars! There are also events planned at the New York Public Library, Princeton University, the Smithsonian, George Washington University, Indiana University, and elsewhere — you can check out the full list here.
What about you? Are you interested in hosting an event and partnering with local Wikipedians? There is a handy form to get you started, and lots of good models online. And if you want some handholding or have questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Merrilee Proffitt is Senior Manager andprovides project management skills and expert support to institutions within the OCLC Research Library Partnership.