For fifteen years, Wikipedia has stirred strong emotions - both pro and con - among librarians and educators. Regardless of any controversy, Wikipedia remains steadfastly in the Top Ten most-visited sites on the Internet. There's no denying that patrons, students, and - yes - librarians continue to use it. Knowing this, librarians have a responsibility to understand the online encyclopedia's strengths, weaknesses, and valid uses and to be able to communicate these to educators, students, and patrons. Wikipedia isn't going away and can't be ignored. Equip yourself with a broader perspective on Wikipedia and gain the skills to share your expertise and local resources with the world.
- Understand how Wikipedia works and where its content comes from
- Identify legitimate uses of Wikipedia and be able to communicate these
- Explore ways in which they can actively contribute to the online encyclopedia