Social Sciences and Humanities

Wikipedia and Academic Libraries: A Global Project

  • 1.  Wikipedia and Academic Libraries: A Global Project

    Posted 03-31-2020 11:58

    Call for Proposals

    Project Information

    This open access edited volume will be a collection of approximately 20 chapters authored by academic library workers and faculty, Library and Information Science (LIS) faculty, and disciplinary faculty from around the globe that highlights engagement with Wikimedia-related projects and activities.

    This volume will be divided into two sections, and possibly a third: 

    1. The first section will include real-world examples of activities and approaches to working with Wikipedia.
    2. The second section will focus on the theories and underlying concepts required for the development of pedagogical approaches to teaching with and within Wikipedia.  
    3. A third thematic section may be added, depending on the breadth and number of submissions, for example, a section related specifically to WikiData.

    Project title:
    Wikipedia and Academic Libraries: A Global Project

    Editors: Laurie M. Bridges, Raymond Pun, Roberto A. Arteaga

    OA Publisher: Maize Books, an imprint of Michigan Publishing

    License: CC BY 4.0



    Proposals due: June 1, 2020

    Notifications sent by: June 30, 2020

    Send proposals as MS Word Document to: 


    Possible Topics

    We are seeking chapters that include both practical and theoretical work. Possible topics for chapters include (but are not limited to) the following list:

    • Case studies of Wikipedia in information literacy instruction
    • Student researchers in Wikipedia
    • Collaboration between Wikimedia user groups and academic library staff
    • Wikipedia student clubs and their connection to libraries
    • Benefits of academic libraries partnering with Wikimedia projects
    • The role of Wikimedians/Wikipedians in Residence 
    • Collaborating with university faculty in the classroom
    • Edit-a-thon pedagogy and practice
    • Critical Librarianship and Wikipedia
    • Wikipedia's fight against misinformation and "fake news"
    • Medical students and training 
    • Use of Wikibooks in classes
    • Wikidata visualizations for education
    • Increasing and diversifying the audience for archival collections through Wikipedia
    • Addressing gaps in Wikipedia, such as gender, LGBTQ+, racial, linguistic, regional, etc.

    Editorial Timeline (tentative)

    April 1  – June 1, 2020: Call for chapter proposals is distributed

    June 15, 2020: Chapter proposals selected and authors notified

    October 1, 2020: First draft of chapters due to editors

    December 1, 2020: Second draft of chapters due to editors

    January 1, 2021: Manuscript to publisher

    Submission Information

    Please send the following information to the editors by June 1, 2020:

    • A tentative title and abstract proposal: Up to 500 words in MS Word describing what you would intend to submit for this book. In your abstract, indicate which section of the book your proposal is aligned to.
    • Please include links to any other publications you may have (i.e. an article, a blog post, or anything else that best reflects your writing style)
    • Author CVs or resumes (no more than 2 pages)

    Information for Accepted Proposals

    Final chapters will be approximately 3,000 words in length. All citations must be APA 7th edition. This OA publication will be licensed under a CC BY 4.0 license. After final chapters have been edited and approved in English, authors will have the option of providing a second-language translation of their chapter. (example: English and Basque or English and Yoruba). This will be determined on a case by case basis. 

    Megan Price
    International Chair - MAHD/SSH
    Newsletter Coordinator - SLA Europe