CILIP Wales 2014: Editing Wikipedia: Why You Should and How You Can Support Your Users

Title: Editing Wikipedia: Why You Should and How You Can Support Your Users

Speaker: Brian Kelly

Date and time: 15.50-16.30 on Thursday 15th May 2014

Venue: Radisson Blu Hotel, Cardiff

Event: The CILIP Cymru Wales Conference 2014 on “Making a difference: libraries and their communities”

Target audience: Librarians in Wales


Many students (and staff and researchers) will use Wikipedia, but perhaps secretly due to concerns that it is not a service which is approved  by librarians. But just as the Web itself was regarded with some scepticism in the early 1990s before becoming accepted we are now seeing librarians beginning to support use of Wikipedia. Such support is going beyond evaluation of the content and can include updating Wikipedia articles and even creating new entries.

In this talk Brian Kelly, Innovation Advocate at Cetis, University of Bolton and an accredited Wikipedia trainer will demonstrate how you can create a Wikipedia account in 60 seconds and use simple Wikimedia markup to create a Wikipedia profile page. These are the first steps in helping users to become a creator and not merely a passive consumer of Wikipedia content. The talk will conclude by summarising approaches for development of courses in the basics of Wikipedia editing through to the design of Wikipedia ‘edit-a-thons’ in which groups can work together in updating Wikipedia content. After all, if you work in a library being able to support your community (whether you community is academics, students or the general online pharmacy school public) provides an ideal opportunity to “make a difference”.

Biographical details

Brian Kelly is the Innovation Advocate at Cetis, the Centre for Educational Technology, Interoperability and Standards based at the University of Bolton. He has responsibilities for supporting the adoption of innovative technologies and practices which can enhance learning. The use of open educational practices, which includes use of Wikipedia, is one aspect of his work.

Brian has given a number of talks on Wikipedia and summarised developments in use of Wikipedia in higher education at the EduWiki Serbia conference held in Belgrade in March 2014. He has supported Wikipedia training events and edit-a-thons including session at the LILAC 2014 information literacy conference.

Brian has worked closely with CILIP is his previous role as UK Web Focus at UKOLN and gave a talk on “The Opportunities and Challenges Provided By The Social Web 2.0” at the CILIP Wales conference in 2009. In 2013 he took part in the Hyperlinked Library MOOC and published a series of blog posts on The Library of the Future which highlighted possible risks in uncritical acceptance of social web services. He continues to have strong interests in the implications of technological developments on libraries.


The slides are available on Slideshare and embedded below.

In addition a backup copy of the slides is available on Authorstream.

A Twubs archive of #cilipw14 tweets is available together with a Storify archive of tweets related to the talk.