Wikipedia Loves Libraries is a wiki-coordinated program of distributed micro-conferences (editathons) to be held at libraries and archives in cities across North America around October 2011.
It is modeled on this past summer’s Great American Wiknic (multiple wiki-meetups on a single day), the broader WikiProject GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) collaboration effort, and the June 2011 Editathon at the British Library, where Wikipedians gathered at the library, and were given access to library resources in order to expand Wikipedia articles about miscellaneous topics.
The advantages of the Wikipedia Loves Libraries model:
- Easy to organize, even at small public libraries
- Welcoming to everyone, Wikipedians, Librarians, and all library patrons
- It’s “the living reference section”
- Also, it’s fun!