OCLC Research 2012: Wikipedia and Libraries

At the end of 2012, we are doing a mini series of blog postings to reflect on some of the year’s high points. This posting is the first in the series. Watch for updates!

2012 has been a great year for me, because I’ve had the privilege of seeing a project I’ve been passionate about for some time come to life — exploring the connection between Wikipedia and Libraries. Around this time last year I began making connections with the Wikipedia GLAM community, and exploring the idea of OCLC Research hosting a Wikipedian in Residence. We were fortunate enough to receive organizational support for this idea, and with help from folks in the Wikipedia community, craft a position description, and bring Max Klein into our team in OCLC Research. Having Max working with us has been terrific and not just because of his Wikipedia skills.

Since we’ve had Max on board, we attended Wikimania, have held not one but two Wikipedia Loves Libraries events, held two successful webinars attended by more than 500 librarians, done countless videos (okay, I counted them up and there are at least 8). And then there was the Open Access Wikipedia Challenge on P2PU. Oh, and VIAFbot, which brought authority control templates and VIAF links to thousands of articles on the English language Wikipedia.

Earlier this month, I presented a breakout session at CNI (along with Sara Snyder, from the Archives of American Art) on the connection between Wikipedia and Libraries. The session was well attended but more importantly, there was a lot of interest and excitement about the connection between Wikipedia and libraries. I’m very pleased that Max’s term has been extended, so he can help us explore some of those possibilities. So as we close out a successful and productive year, I look forward to another year of highlights in this area.

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