#1Lib1Ref is a Wikipedia campaign to encourage librarians to add a reference to a Wikipedia article. This campaign is a twice yearly event held in January and in May and is about to commence again on the 15th of May. Librarians the world over participate by improving the quality of information in Wikipedia articles.
Wikipedia NEEDS librarians. Wikipedia articles are often the first stop for information for readers and researchers. Every statement in a Wikipedia article should be able to be verified. But many are not.
By participating in #1Lib1Ref and adding references, librarians proactively help to point people to the best sources of information. This is important, not just because Wikipedia is one of the most popular websites in the world, but also because search engines such as Google use Wikipedia in their knowledge infoboxes. When a librarian improves an article by adding a citation they improve access to accurate and verifiable knowledge.
Information on the campaign can be found here: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_Wikipedia_Library/1Lib1Ref
This site will give you all the information you and your library need to participate. There is a quick video on how to participate in the campaign. Information is provided on how to create a Wikipedia account, how to find an article that needs a citation and how to add a citation to improve the quality of information available.
Imagine a world where every librarian added one reference to Wikipedia. You can improve one of the most popular sources of information by adding just one reference. Give it a go!
Guest Post from @SiobhanLeachman