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Slides of a presentation given at the Nebraska Library Association All Round Table Spring Meeting, Seward, Nebraska, April 7, 2017.
Wikipedia is 16 years old this year. It is ranked the 5th most visited site on the World Wide Web. Many librarians and information specialists have a love hate relationship with this open access, free internet encyclopedia. Searching for information sometimes exposes: a lack of information, or even, existence of entries on specific topics; inaccurate information; or results in the frustration of a research dead end due to articles lacking references. Wikipedia is, of course, a collaboratively edited resource. A Wikipedia WikiProject is a group of contributors working together to improve the Wikipedia information and the pages on a particular topic or subject area. The library community is a logical group of potential participants to be involved in improving and expanding Wikipedia’s topics and articles. Be a part of providing quality content, updating, improving, editing, providing sources, or fact-checking areas in any area of personal interest and/or expertise. How to take a role in shaping the future of a WikiProject, and become involved at a level with which each individual is comfortable, will be highlighted.