LIBR 596: The Wikipedia Library

Students interested in this project should complete the online application formĀ here, please cite the project number 2017-05. Please include a resume, cover letter.

Purpose of the project:

Building on the success of the #1lib1ref campaign (, we are looking to launch a fall campaign focused on integrating free-to-read/open-access citations into Wikipedia articles. The student would be involved in helping to organize this campaign, including developing instructional materials, promoting the campaign, and evaluating successes/lessons learned after the campaign’s conclusion.

Summary of activities required to carry out the project:

-Develop written and/or video instructional materials for participants
-Complete development of the campaign website (drafted in MediaWiki)
-Propose and implement a promotions plan
-Assist with running the campaign, including responding to participant questions/concerns
-Evaluate the success of the campaign and note lessons learned for future activities

Expectations of the end result of the project, for both host and student:

Host and student will collaborate on the running of the campaign. Host will receive a report evaluating what was and was not successful about the campaign. Students will gain experience in developing instructional materials, running a virtual program, promotions (especially via social media), and program evaluation.

Time periods in which the project could be supervised (check all that apply):

Winter Term 1 (September – December)

Is there a deadline by which the project must be completed?

We are planning to run the campaign during Open Access Week in October 2017; evaluation would follow.

Considering the project requirements, please suggest suitable coursework as pre-requisite or co-requisite: (e.g. LIBR 580 Collection Management, ARST 515 Arrangement & Description of Archival Materials.)

Required: 508 or previous MLIS Core.
Recommended: 535 and/or 570.


Placement will be virtual; offices are located at 149 New Montgomery St
San Francisco, California 94105
United States
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