“Uplifting Global Voices: A Reflection on Publishing an Edited Book on Academic Libraries and Wikipedia”
From a Diff Blog Post by:
Laurie Bridges, Instruction and Outreach Librarian at Oregon State University
Raymond Pun, Education and Outreach Manager at Hoover Institution Library & Archives
Roberto A. Arteaga, Instruction and Reference Librarian at Pacific Lutheran University
In fall of 2019 we set out to publish an open access edited volume titled Wikipedia and Academic Libraries: A Global Project. Two years later that volume was published by Maize Books, an imprint of Michigan Publishing. The online edition became available on September 15, 2021 and the print edition began shipping in October 11. In the week following online publication, Wikimedians quickly uploaded the book to Wikisource and created structured data in Wikidata. With over 1,700 views and downloads since the book’s launch, it became clear that many readers around the world were excited to explore, recreate, or design projects centering Wikipedia, as a multifaceted resource, for academic engagement in their libraries. In this blog post, we share our rationale to collaborate on creating this edited book in this topic and its journey to fruition.
This book contains 20 chapters (including a bookend chapter that details the two-year process) by 52 authors or co-authors from Brazil, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Netherlands, Nigeria, Scotland, Spain, and the United States. Our authors are both new and longtime members of the Wikimedia community, representing a range of experiences and perspectives. In this book, chapters are clustered into four sections: Practical Applications in the Classroom, Practical Applications Outside the Classroom, Wikipedians-in-Residence; and Wikipedia Sister Projects.
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About Gary Price
Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.