Between January 15 – 23, 2016, librarians around the world will recognize the 15th anniversary of the launch of Wikipedia by contributing to the #1Lib1Ref campaign – a call for “every librarian in the world to add one reference to a Wikipedia article.”
With over 35 million articles in 280 languages, Wikipedia has been described by the Digital Library Federation as “one of the most important research discovery platforms in the world,” and research conducted with undergraduate students across the United States by Project Information Literacy has shown how extensive (and varied) their use of Wikipedia is for academic purposes. A concerted effort by librarians to improve the information available on Wikipedia, as well as to extend the range of resources cited in support of Wikipedia articles, will have a meaningful impact on the quality of the information that students find in the first stage of their research on a wide variety of topics.
Already partners in Wikipedia’s Visiting Scholar program, DePaul University’s librarians and library staff will come together on January 15th to contribute new references to Wikipedia articles on topics of known interest in the undergraduate curriculum, including topics associated with courses taught to first-year students in Chicago Quarter. Enhancing access to information about Chicago-related topics will also complement the library’s leadership in the Chicago Collections consortium and promote opportunities for Wikipedia and Explore Chicago Collections to function in concert to promote access to information about the city and its people.