Yarra Plenty Regional Library staff recently participated in the #1Lib1Ref Wikipedia global campaign inviting every librarian to specifically improve articles on the online encyclopedia by adding citations. The awareness raising campaign encouraged library staff to register for Wikipedia and check out how easy it is to use the citation tool in Visual editor. We participated in the winter campaign (15 May – 5 June), the first Victorian Public Library to do so since the worldwide campaign commenced in 2016.
17 members of staff undertook training with Pru Mitchell, President of Wikimedia, Australia. These staff supported their colleagues with a total of 32 library staff becoming Wikipedia editors who edited a total of 78 Articles with over 15,000 words and 131 references added. 51 articles were related to our local areas. The top three articles edited included Greensborough Victoria, Rosanna, Victoria and Eltham North, Victoria. Contributor “PippiLongstockingssocks” had the most references added and characters added.
We met out goals of updating local content on Wikipedia relating to our local government areas, in many cases place name articles and encouraging all staff to participate in the campaign. We engaged staff in learning about and strengthening their Wikipedia citation skills. Staff committed time to researching and accessing information, editing articles and supporting colleagues which was extra to their regular workload. Congratulations to all staff who so enthusiastically participated in the project.