Kate McWilliam and Sarah Tester, LIANZA Aoraki Committee members, report back from the recent event with Mike Dickison >>
Wednesday June 5 was a cold, dark, winter’s night, but that didn’t stop a group of keen librarians, library staff, and even future librarians from coming along to LIANZA Aoraki’s presentation by Dr Mike Dickison, New Zealand’s own Wikipedian-at-large. Mike was in Christchurch to talk about Wikipedia and about how librarians can contribute to making this a reliable and credible information source.
We went into the evening thinking we knew about Wikipedia, how it worked, and how to share our knowledge with my library customers. An hour later we walked out thoroughly aware of just how wrong that assumption had been!
Mike advocates for the digitisation of as many primary sources as possible and to make images, and supporting metadata, openly accessible for everyone to use as Wiki Data. He also suggests that we should seek to create professional blogs with defined authors and clear references to enable them to be referenced as part of Wikipedia articles.
Finally he stressed that we should all be working to fix errors in Wikipedia articles, and support others to do the same through creative events and awareness raising.
Thanks Dr Dickison for providing interesting food for thought over the course of the evening.