May 18, 2022

OCLC’s Merrilee Proffitt on “Three Reasons Wikipedia Needs Libraries, And Vice-Versa”

From a Next Article by Merrilee Proffitt:

Wikipedians and librarians share similar passions and purposes. Working together, we create a better and stronger Wikipedia with more visibility for library resources. And there are three ways that our communities reflect each other in the work we do.

I believe that Wikipedia is important for the future of libraries. I also believe that libraries are equally important to Wikipedia. In editing the recent Leveraging Wikipedia: Connecting Communities of Knowledge, it became clear to me why we’re natural allies:

  1. It’s about scale.
  2. It’s about people.
  3. It’s about vision

Learn More, Read the Complete Article: “Three Reasons Wikipedia Needs Libraries, And Vice-Versa”

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( 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, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.