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In 2013-2014, the UC Davis Libraries are getting involved in Wikipedia! Wikipedia is the world's largest encyclopedia, with over 4 million articles in the English edition and 27 million articles across all languages, and over 19 million free image and media files on Wikimedia Commons. Wikipedia can be edited by anyone, and has half a billion readers each month.
The UCD Library project will include several activities designed to help improve Wikipedia articles with library resources; train staff, students and faculty how to edit; teach appropriate ways to use and evaluate Wikipedia in and out of classes; and assist current editors in measuring the impact of their contributions to the project. The project will be led by Phoebe Ayers, a UCD Librarian and experienced Wikipedian.
The library will host workshops and events throughout the 2013-14 year, including three "edit-a-thon" workshops in fall quarter, in October and November:
- Friday, October 18, 2013, 10:30am-1:00pm (editing workshop), 2:10pm-3:30pm (teaching with Wikipedia)
- Saturday, November 2, 2013, 1:00pm-5:00pm (edit-a-thon)
- Friday, November 15, 2013, 10:00am-3:00pm (edit-a-thon)
All workshops will feature an introduction to editing in the first hour, and then will be open to individual editing, and will be hosted in Shields Library Instruction Lab. Members of the campus community, the Wikimedia community, and the public are welcome to come for the whole day or drop in any time.
To see the full schedule of these events, sign up and find out more about the project, you can visit the project page on Wikipedia.
There is also a mailing list to discuss the project and for anyone in the campus and local community who is interested in Wikipedia. Join that list here.
Many other libraries around the country and the world, including the British Library, the National Library of Australia, and the National Archives and Records Administration have begun to work with Wikipedia, sharing their special collections and knowledge and engaging the Wikimedia community. The UC Davis project, however, will be the first extensive Wikipedia project based out of a university library.
Phoebe Ayers has been editing Wikipedia since 2003, and in 2008 she co-authored a book about the site: How Wikipedia Works: and how you can be a part of it. Ayers also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, which runs Wikipedia and sister projects.
For questions or to find out more, contact Phoebe Ayers at firstname.lastname@example.org