Wikipedia — promoting information literacy and highlighting our information privilege

John brought to our attention a series of blog posts from Wiki Education. They feature the work of Char Booth, the Director of Research, Teaching, and Learning Services at the Claremont Colleges Library in Claremont, CA.

I personally had never given much thought to the quality of Wikipedia as a teaching tool (mainly I use it to find out about obscure nineties footballers). I was also a bit nervous about editing Wiki pages, leading me to attend an editing session organised by the University of Huddersfield Library, as part of a campaign to encourage librarians to improve the quality of Wikipedia pages by adding good quality citations.

Our access to information at the University of Manchester is incredibly privileged — does that carry responsibility? A good Wiki page has many elements we would describe as good ‘academic writing’ — a clear structure, a concise introduction, referenced evidence etc.

What do you think? Have a look at the blog posts and post any questions or points of interest below. We’ll post a write up following our next meet up on 27th March.