#1lib1ref: How one information professional can make a big difference

Earlier this year (January 15 – February 3) #1lib1ref was the focus of a great deal of engagement and retweeting from those of us in GLAMR.

#1lib1ref is an initiative where by information professionals of all persuasions commit to updating or adding one reference to a Wikipedia page.  In a post-truth world where reliable information can be hard to find amid a sea of less than reputable sources, #1lib1ref puts power in the hands of information professionals to be positive forces for change in their communities (even really big ones like ‘everyone who uses the internet to access Wikipedia’).

Wikipedia is widely used – we have all turned to wikipedia when we ‘just want to know a bit more about that thing we were wondering about’.  It is one of the most visited sites on the world wide web.  Many use it to get a general understanding about things related to their industry and studies.  This is why having quality references is so important – Wikipedia can be an incredibly useful resource, if its content is reliable and up to date.

I managed to update five references during #1lib1ref – a meagre feat compared to some library rock stars out there, but every reference helps!

Just because #1lib1ref is officially over for 2017 doesn’t mean the fun has to end!  Information professionals and aspiring information professionals of all specialties can continue adding references.  Updating references on Wikipedia is an easy and accessible way for librarians to combat fake news, alternative facts and half truths.  

Get referencing!

[Feature image: Mini Wikipedia globe at the Wikimedia Foundation offices, San Francisco, California by Lane Hartwell licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0]

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