Librarians and Technologists Contribute to the #1Lib1Ref Wikipedia Campaign

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an image of 6 people from the event
From left to right: Kyle Thomas (EIC, Fordham Libraries), Heather Hill (Instructional Technologist, Fordham IT ), Robin Miller (Pratt student), Kristen Treglia (Senior Instructional Technologist, Fordham IT), Mariah Lewis (Metadata Management, Fordham Libraries), Jane Suda (Head of Reference, Fordham Libraries)

Imagine a World where Every Librarian Added One More Reference to Wikipedia

Fordham librarians and instructional technologists joined participants around the world on February 1, in #1Lib1Ref, a campaign that encourages librarians to add references to Wikipedia. Good references help improve Wikipedia as a research resource. As the Wikipedia Library explains, for many readers and researchers, “Wikipedia is one of [their]first stops. … Any citation to a reliable source is a benefit to Wikipedia readers worldwide.” The #1Lib1Ref campaign is supported by Wikipedia Library, a group of dedicated volunteers, and Wikimedia Affiliates around the world.

“”Citation needed“” flickr photo by futureatlas.com shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

At the event, the 12-member team really delivered! Together, Fordham librarians, Fordham Law librarians, Pratt students, NYC Wikimedians, and instructional technologists edited 110 articles, leading to  300,000 views and counting. Kyle Thomas, Walsh Library’s
E-Resorces Librarian, added an amazing 30 references. Esther Jackson, NYC Wikimedia board member, contributed 34 edits.To find articles to edit, team members used the Citation Hunt tool, which identifies Wikipedia articles in need of reliable references.

Event Dashboard for #1Lib1Ref Event
Event Dashboard for #1Lib1Ref Event

Get Involved!

Top: Jennifer Dixon and Janet Kearney (Fordham Law Librarians)
Middle: Sarah Adams and Genevieve Milliken (Pratt ASIS & T), and Madeline Newquist (Pratt Student)
Bottom: Heather Hill (Fordham IT) and Madeline Newquist (Pratt Student)

All Fordham events are supported by our local NYC Wikimedia chapter and open to the public. People of all gender identities and expressions are always welcome and encouraged to participate.

To learn more or to get involved, visit the Fordham Wikipedia for Educators website. If you have questions you can contact Kristen Treglia, at treglia [at]fordham [dot]edu.

About the Author

Kristen Treglia, Senior Instructional Technologist

Kristen gives Fordham faculty engaging support, advice, and training based on her deep understanding of digital pedagogical methods and their potential to improve learning outcomes.

Kristen is the author of  The EdTech Bible
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