Wikipedia and Academic Libraries: A Global Project

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Wikipedia and Academic Libraries: A Global Project  (2021) 
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Wikipedia and Academic

Wikipedia and Academic

A Global Project

Edited by

Laurie M. Bridges, Raymond Pun,
and Roberto A. Arteaga

Maize Books

Copyright © 2021 by Laurie M. Bridges, Raymond Pun, and Roberto A. Arteaga
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This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License. To view a copy of this license, visit or send a letter to Creative Commons, PO Box 1866, Mountain View, California, 94042, USA.

Published in the United States of America by
Michigan Publishing
Manufactured in the United States of America


ISBN 978-1-60785-670-2 (paper)
ISBN 978-1-60785-671-9 (ebook)
ISBN 978-1-60785-672-6 (open access)

An imprint of Michigan Publishing, Maize Books serves the publishing needs of the University of Michigan community by making high-quality scholarship widely available in print and online. It represents a new model for authors seeking to share their work within and beyond the academy, offering streamlined selection, production, and distribution processes. Maize Books is intended as a complement to more formal modes of publication in a wide range of disciplinary areas.

"Beyond underscoring the core values that Wikipedia and librarians share in relation to the democratization of ideas and the free flow of information through the open movement, this book offers valuable insights into how productive engagement with Wikipedia can act as the catalyst for professional development and workplace learning. The case studies illustrate how academic librarians can proactively build their skills to enhance the discoverability of the library collection, to work in creative ways with digital media, to use information and digital literacy as powerful pedagogical tools and to establish meaningful partnerships with groups within and beyond the university."

Gill Hallam, PhD
Freelance Information Consultant, Brisbane, Australia
Co-Chair, IFLA Section for Continuing Professional
Development and Workplace Learning (CPDWL)

"From a forbidden space for students, academics, and librarians, to an open enabler for community collaboration, Wikipedia has ignited a worldwide movement.

"Wikipedia and Academic Libraries is an insightful contribution of libraries’ diverse intersections with Wikimedia-related projects and activities. It outlines some of the most important features that shape our digital lives: collaboration and the need to make visible the infodiversity we produce.

"Stunning, critical, and diverse, Wikipedia and Academic Libraries will empower libraries to lead the open movement. It is a must-read for every information professional."

Jonathan Hernández, PhD
Associated Researcher, Library and Information Institute
at the National Autonomous University of Mexico


Acknowledgments ~ xi

Introduction ~ 1


Chapter 1: Library-Faculty Collaboration Using Wikipedia for Learning and Civic Engagement ~ 5
Jyldyz Bekbalaeva, Aisuluu Namasbek kyzy, Shirin Tumenbaeva, and Zhuzumkan Askhatbekova

Chapter 2: "Yeah, I Wrote That!": Incorporating Critical Information Literacy to Build Community Inside and Outside of Wikipedia ~ 18
Kristina M. De Voe and Adrienne Shaw

Chapter 3: Where History Meets Modern: An Overview of Academic Primary Source Research-Based Learning Programs Aggregating Special Collections and Wikimedia ~ 35
Odin Essers, Henrietta Hazen, and Nicolette Siep

Chapter 4: Learning Design to Embed Digital Citizenship Skills in the Undergraduate Classroom: A Collaboration among Instructor, Academic Librarian, and Wikipedian ~ 47
Crystal Fulton, Rebecca O’Neill, and Marta Bustillo

Chapter 5: Authentic Learning in Cultural Anthropology: Editing Wikipedia for Real-World Impact ~ 64
Jessica L. Lott and Jennifer L. Sullivan


Chapter 6: Do Black Wikipedians Matter? Confronting the Whiteness in Wikipedia with Archives and Libraries ~ 91
Kai Alexis Smith

Chapter 7: WP:Catégorie Is . . . Liaison Librarian Contribution to Local Québécois LGBTQ+ Content in Francophone Wikipedia ~ 106
Michael David Miller

Chapter 8: African Academic Libraries Partnering with Wikimedia Projects: Values and Benefits ~ 119
Adaora C. Obuezie and Millie N. Horsfall

Chapter 9: Engaging Student Employee Expertise to Improve Wikipedia Edit-a-thons ~ 132
Brittany Paloma Fiedler, Maggie Bukowski, Chelsea Heinbach, Eduardo Martinez-Flores, and Rosan Mitola

Chapter 10: Crowdsourcing and Collaboration: Academic Libraries as Partners in NNLM’s #CiteNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thons ~ 144
Kelsey Cowles, Ann Glusker, Aimee Gogan, Alicia Lillich, Margie Sheppard, Elaina Vitale, Liz Waltman, Tess Wilson, and Amanda J. Wilson

Chapter 11: Bibliowikis: The Volunteer-Driven, Catalan Case Study of Libraries as Hotspots for New Wikipedians and High-Quality Sources ~ 158
Francesc Xavier Dengra i Grau, Carme Fenoll i Clarabuch, Vicenç Allué Blanch, Francesc Fort i Silvestre, Francesc García Grimau, and Amparo Pons Cortell


Chapter 12: Beyond the Wikipedian-in-Residence, or How to Keep the Flame Burning ~ 177
Silvia E. Gutiérrez De la Torre

Chapter 13: Changing the Way Stories Are Told: Engaging Sta and Students in Improving Wikipedia Content about Women in Scotland ~ 197
Ewan McAndrew

Chapter 14: Notes from the Field: ree Wikimedian-in-Residence Case Studies ~ 214
Erin O’Neil and Sarah Severson

Chapter 15: The Open Technology Specialist at the University of Toronto Libraries: A Comprehensive Approach to Wikimedia Projects in the Academic Library ~ 230
Jesse Carliner and Ji Yun Alex Jung


Chapter 16: Hong Kong Literary Landscape: A MediaWiki for Literary Reading and Writing ~ 247
Leo F. H. Ma and L. M. Mak

Chapter 17: Structuring Bibliographic References: Taking the Journal Anais do Museu Paulista to Wikidata ~ 260
Éder Porto Ferreira Alves, Paul R. Burley, and João Alexandre Peschanski

Chapter 18: Wikisource as a Tool for OCR Transcription Correction: The National Library of Scotland’s Response to COVID-19 ~ 277
Gavin Willshaw

Chapter 19: Learning from Each Other: Reciprocity in Description between Wikipedians and Librarians ~ 287
Angela Yon and Eric Willey

Bookend: An OA Publishing Perspective, 2019–2021 ~ 301

List of Contributors ~ 309

Index ~ 323


This Open Access book was made possible thanks to funding from the following sources:

  • Creative Commons Global Network Community Activities Fund
  • Wikimedia Foundation Rapid Grant
  • Oregon State University Robert Lundeen Faculty Development Award

We thank the following individuals for serving as peer reviewers of chapters submitted for this book. Each chapter was reviewed by two individuals in a single-blind process.

Alex Stinson, Andrew Carlos, Bronwen Maxson, Camille
François, Cliff Landis, Denise Kane, Diana Park, Joseph Yap,
Kellee Warren, Kelly McElroy, Liam Wyatt, Meghan Dowell,
Michael Gutierrez, Moon Kim, Nicollette Davis, Rachel
Wexelbaum, Reysa Alenzuela, Robin Kear, Ryan Randall, Stacy
R Williams, Stefani L Baldivia, and Tiah Edmunson-Morton

Last, we would like to thank our University of Michigan sponsors who supported this project and made it possible for us to partner with Maize Books and Michigan Publishing:

Alexandra Rivera, Amanda Peters,
Anne Cong-Huyen, Karen E. Downing

This work is released under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license, which allows free use, distribution, and creation of derivatives, so long as the license is unchanged and clearly noted, and the original author is attributed.