The OCLC Wikipedia + Libraries: Better Together ran from December 2016 through May 2018. OCLC stands for Online Computer Library Center and is “dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to the world’s information and reducing information costs” Wikipedia.
The focus of the project was strengthening ties between US public libraries and English-language Wikipedia.
The goal of the project was to expand public access to authoritative information and serve public libraries’ diverse communities through library training, outreach, and awareness building. The curriculum and materials are outcomes of this initiative.
The project was funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Wikimedia Foundation. In addition the project could not have been successful without the support and encouragement of Wikimedia DC, Wikimedia NYC and the Wikipedia Library. Wikipedia Guides and volunteers helped answer questions and gave practical guidance to those taking the course. They served as additional faces and voices of the project and we are so appreciative of their help!
I can’t wait to see what others are able to do with materials and learnings from this course.
Information provided by:
OCLC Senior Manager, OCLC Research Library Partnership, California