November 27, 2020

The Wikipedia Library Project Adds More Publishers Including Elsevier and Royal Society of Chemistry

Jake Orlowitz, founder and the person in charge of the Wikipedia Library Project, alerts members (and potential) members that more publishers have joined the project and are now donating Wikipedia editors (who qualify) access to paywalled content for research and citation purposes and at no charge.

Orlowitz reports (in an email) that four more publishers are providing access via the program.

They are:

Orlowitz goes on to write:

Accounts are open to ALL global editors with a 1 year old account and 1000 edits. Signups mostly happen on English Wikipedia, UNLESS a local Wikipedia Library branch has been started, like we’ve done on Arabic, Chinese, and German.

You can find a complete list of Wikipedia Library Project partners here.

See Also: Learn More About the Wikipedia Library Project in this March 2014 Article from The Signpost

See Also: Royal Society of Chemistry Grants Journals Access to Wikipedia Editors (December 18, 2014

Quick Comment

Orlowitz and his team continue to do impressive work developing the Wikipedia Library Project. Kudos.

At the same time libraries should also market/promote/conduct outreach to their community and tell those involved with Wikipedia (and everyone else for that matter) they they very likely have access to a number of remotely accessible databases and tools DIRECT from the library and available via the Internet, 24x7x365. All that’s required is a library card. 

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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