Librarians & Wikipedia

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Short presentation given at the 30th Charleston Acquisitions Conference, Charleston SC. Presents an overview of Wikipedia & the Wikimedia Foundation, and suggests ways libraries & librarians can help.

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  • 1. Wikimedias vision Imagine a world in which every single human being can freely share in the sum of all knowledge. That's our commitment.

2. 15 million articles Free Volunteer-written Supported by readers Neutral, encyclopedic, factual, non-original No top down editorial control: Community curated work 3. reference librarians and Wikipedia 4. adding references 5. user education 6. reference projects 7. archive & collection partnerships 8. Unexpected risks are accounted for, unexpected rewards are discounted. Liam Wyatt (2010 British Museum Wikipedian-in-Residence) 9. Tapei, Taiwan: Wikimania 2007 Be Bold 10. Phoebe Ayers Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees UC Davis Libraries