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Thursday, November 6 • 2:15pm - 3:00pm
Resource Discovery in the Age of Wikipedia: How Libraries Can Expose their Collections on the World's Most Visited Reference Site

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Students use Wikipedia ubiquitously as their starting point for research.  Increasingly librarians have also come to grasp Wikipedia's importance as a way for libraries to make their collections discoverable where readers already are.  These trends coalesced in The Wikipedia Library, a nonprofit project that pairs top reference publishers with experienced Wikipedia editors through mutually beneficial donations.  Editors are given free access and set loose to add high-quality citations on Wikipedia's massively trafficked article pages.  Oxford University Press and JSTOR, among others, have joined up with the Wikipedia Library and seen their external links from the encyclopedia increase dramatically.  OCLC further partnered with The Wikipedia Library to develop a script based on their KnowledgeBase API which will help complete the circle of research and dissemination:  the tool allows institutionally-affiliated readers to click directly from Wikipedia article references to their own university's holdings. The ultimate goal is to help libraries and publishers reach readers, and for Wikipedia to become the starting point for research but not the end point!

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Patrick Earley

Community Advocate, The Wikimedia Foundation
I'm a Community Advocate for the Wikimedia Foundation (the non-profit that hosts the Wikipedia websites), and a long-time Wikipedia editor. I have worked extensively with the Wikipedia/academia/library interface, assisting instructors in the Wikimedia Education Program as an “online... Read More →
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Cris Ferguson

Assistant Dean of Libraries / Associate Professor, Murray State University
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Suzanne Saskia Kemperman

Director of Business Development and Publisher Relations, OCLC, Director, Business Development and Publisher Relations
Suzanne Kemperman is the Director of Business Development and Publisher Relations at OCLC. She is responsible for OCLC's content acquisition strategy and partnerships with content providers to enhance content discovery and access. She has worked for 30 years in the publishing and... Read More →
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Damon Zucca

Reference Publisher, Oxford University Press
Damon Zucca is Publisher of Scholarly Reference at Oxford University Press, where he oversees strategy and development of a range of print and digital products.

Thursday November 6, 2014 2:15pm - 3:00pm EST
Cooper Room, Courtyard Marriott 125 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401