Wikipedia and Libraries
Posted by sarahw9 on 17 October, 2008
The many uses of Wikipedia to libraries is explored in Putting the Library in Wikipedia by Lauren Pressley and Carolyn J. McCallum. They begin by pointing out that people look to Wikipedia before looking at any traditional library resources on any topic, and that traffic to library websites it dimishing.
Yes we need get our heads together to look at ways to use Wikipedia. There is the information literacy angle; there have been attempts to integrate it into information literacy education (getting students to edit pages) but with limited success as students often don’t like to do something so public. There is also the idea of editing the University of Leicester entry, creating one for the library, working to get our collections in there. Some of the logistical issues (such as not being ‘selfpromoting’) are considered in this article.
It is also a big change of direction for libraries and librarians – actually going out, editing / creating material for the whole world to see in the name of their library. Very web 2.0 in fact.
Have I just got myself another job to do?!