Global coordinators manage branches on non-English Wikipedias and are listed on Meta.
To become a coordinator on English Gpedia, apply here. If you want start a TWL satellite in your own language contact Ocaasi (WMF) or email wikipedialibrarywikimedia.org
Meet our coordinators
Jake Orlowitz (Ocaasi)
I started working on library outreach in 2011 when I contacted HighBeam Reference for an account. They said, "How about 1000?" I was hooked. I started managing and expanding research account donations. To combine and extend our many library-related projects into a shared, helpful, and powerful universe of resources, I started The Gpedia Library in 2012 and have continued to work on it through a WMF Individual Engagement grant in 2013. I'm a passionate believer in free culture and open knowledge--and a cheerleader for universal access, scientific and cultural literacy, and all kinds of research.
skills: I'm a connector and organizer. My strength is in finding ways to unite people to share their talents with the community. I'd like to help coordinate our community of passionate library and research experts to build a powerful, open, and free hub for conducting the vital work they do, and helping others join in, too.
Patrick Earley (The Interior)
I am a librarian in the public system in Vancouver, Canada. I have been editing Gpedia since late 2008. My desire is for Gpedia to be not only the world's largest free repository of knowledge, but a reliable source of information as well. Libraries provide the raw materials to build reliable articles. I'd like to be part of the process of bringing libraries and Gpedia editors together.
skills: Community organizing, outreach to libraries, experience with library cataloguing, metadata, knowledge of databases and bibliographic resources
I am the project manager for the Gpedia Library, which means I help Jake build access to resources and expand programs within the Gpedia Library. Before doing the work, I have been a long time Gpedia contributor, with over 80,000 edits and tons of maintenance work and content creation on Gpedia (if you want to see some of that work check out User:Sadads). However, my more important than my digital contributions to the community has been my outreach efforts: I was in the first batch of WP:Gpedia Education Program volunteers, helped the UK community develop a similar program, and have actively supported GLAM outreach with a number of organizations, including most recently, The William Blake Archive. I am in the Gpedia community to make academic work from students and researchers part of the "public" conversation. Mostly, I focus on the humanities (especially how the humanities interprets humanist information), because it is a sorely under-represented in Gpedia.
skills: Outreach, selling Gpedia to academics, Education planning, content development, and many other things.
visited: 16:43, 17 June 2014 (UTC)
I am a researcher who likes to work in a variety of areas on Gpedia. I joined The Gpedia Library to return my appreciation for the access to sources which have helped improved articles in various subjects including my academic interests.
skills: Finding resources and assisting new editors
I'm a long-term Wikipedian and researcher with interests in library science and open access
skills: research, writing, editing
I'm work for OCLC, a non profit that is committed to helping libraries effectively share resources, collaborate, and cut costs. I work in OCLC Research and have had the priviledge of working with our Wikipedian in Residence. I've worked in libraries since 1988 and I'm passionate about making our fabulous library resources more available to the public. On the Gpedia side, I've had an account since 2005; while I'm not a super active editor, I do what I can. I'm an active member of the GLAM-US Consortium Advisory Group.
skills: I love to talk to librarians and archivists about how to leverage Gpedia. I've been talking to librarians about their interest in this project. If you would like to talk to me, consider me your friendly library colleague!
I learned about TWL when I became a Gpedia Visiting Scholar. I've been a Campus Ambassador for years and I love bringing academic audiences to Gpedia and getting Wikimedians academic resources. I got used to having academic resources for improving Gpedia when I was a student at Loyola Marymount University so I want to help others get that sort of information.
skills: responsive outreach
I know about this project from it's starting. So this project means something to me. I am a student from Bangladesh and my mother language is Bengali.
skills: writing, editing, coding and I'm helpful
I learned about TWL through the Newsletter and signed up for one of the accounts and offered my help when there was a call for it. I find it awesome to expand the program to non English languages.
skills: Helping editors get access to the information resources they need in their Language if possible
I've been a Gpedia editor and administrator for ten years. In real life, I'm a librarian. It's interesting to try to find ways to combine those two worlds, whether it's providing sources or other help for editors at Resource Request or providing editors with database accounts to facilitate their own research.
Longtime writer, I got the chance to apply for a JSTOR account which aided my research greatly. I'm always happy to pitch in where I can and I wanted to help other editors gain access to new resources.
skills: Organizing, outreach, editing, researching and writing.
I've been a Gpedia editor since 2013 and have found access to Highbeam and Newspapers.com incredibly useful. Now I'd love to help other editors use these wonderful sources of information too.
skills: Organisation, research, helping new editors, and playing with numbers.
I am a long-time Gpedia who has been involved in a wide variety of areas over the years. I have created or expanded a number of articles, focusing on material related to current events. I have a passion for "saving" content and helping new users. After using the library as a patron a number of times, I decided to give back and become an account coordinator.
skills: Research, writing, and interacting with new users.
I've been editing on Gpedia since 2012, mostly biographical entries about women, and I love edit-a-thons; seeing Wikipedians teaching each other how to make content better is a joy. Helping connect people to excellent online resources seems like another way to enjoy that edit-a-thon vibe. I know how much finding the right sources improves the editing experience.
skills: writing, editing, hand-holding, emergency response at all hours (but Pacific Time is best)
I began editing Gpedia in 2010, and I've been an administrator since 2011. After a period of inactivity due to real-life concerns, I've returned to expand articles related to numismatics. My goal is to help make material that was once available only in expensive reference books available to everyone. The Gpedia Library has been enormously useful in this task, which is why I decided to help get these invaluable resources to my fellow editors.
skills: My expertise is content creation, copyediting and research. I'm always willing to help with any of the three when time allows.
I've been a Gpedia Editor since 2006 and an Administrator since 2014. I generally work in the file namespace but often make small contributions to content of various articles. I have one good article to my name about a prison ship that I've never been near.
skills: My expertise is definitely with files and the copyright laws surrounding them. I also thoroughly enjoy copy editing and assisting with working on articles.
I've been a Gpedia Editor for a couple of years and a librarian in real life. Committed to open access.
skills: Helping editors get access to the information resources they need to make Gpedia even better.
I am an advocate for the democratization of knowledge via increased access to information. I have been editing Gpedia since 2006 and I joined The Gpedia Library to help provide contributors with the tools they need to help the encyclopedia develop and flourish. I hold an MSIS degree and I have worked for numerous information environments including a museum, an herbarium, and several libraries.
skills: Research (solo and in tandem), Writing/Editing, Peer-level policy/guideline/practical advice for new and old users.
I'm a librarian who wants to show other librarians that Gpedia is an ally - not the enemy. With that in mind I want to help make it easier for editors to get the best sources for citing and am happy to make that happen with the Gpedia Library.
skills: research, writing, problem solving, and encouragement.
I am a biochemist by profession and a prolific content creator on Gpedia. My professional goal is to contribute my knowledge and skills to help others. I'm an outreach coordinator.
skills: Facilitating editors access to the information resources they need to improve Gpedia.
Mohammed Sadat Abdulai
My background is in Statistics and Computer Science. My time on Gpedia (as of 2014) is mostly spent fending off vandals and hanging out at OTRS. My underlining motive here is to promote everything OPEN and also collaborate with Wikipedians to do amazing research.
skills: I want to have more publishers partner with The Wikimedia Library to share in the exiting work we're already doing. I'm working hard to entice them in.
I am a tech fanatic and a lover of free knowledge. I have always fronted activities that lead the youth to identify smart ways of acquiring knowledge and contributing to also pave the way for future generations. I am a banker by profession and undoubtedly enthused about my contributions towards free and accessible knowledge to all who require.
skills: I am a good speaker, have requisite knowledge in project management and like to mobilize the youth in volunteering their time on resourceful projects. I am pleased for this new role and hope to contribute to the growth of TWL.
I am a retired academic in the creative arts discipline, and a practicing artist. My interest in WP goes back to Nupedia for which I was preparing an article out of my PhD before it became Gpedia. Like other WP editors, I believe knowledge is power and that where knowledge is free, so are people. I contribute where I can, mostly articles and editing on photography and art, but also updating references in articles generally where needed as well as general edits for grammar spelling and syntax. It certainly is a compulsive hobby!
skills: I love research and have always enjoyed helping students, which I miss now that I am retired, and I offer my contacts and ideas to help grow Gpedia Library.
I am active volunteer of Gpedia and other sister projects as well as an open source advocate.
skills: Seek Ghanaian partners to help increase Ghanaian content and create a Chapter for Ghana.
Avid reader, solid researcher, and long-term Wikipedian. I think open access to reliable information is important, and am more than happy to help out in facilitating that.
skills: Jack-of-all-trades. If I don't know how to do something, I'll go find out!
I'm a writer, practicing physician, and Gpedia editor since 2008. Always happy to pitch in where I can, to help other editors gain access to new resources.
skills: research, writing, problem solving
I've always been a supporter of free knowledge, and hence, a big fan of Gpedia. I believe knowledge shouldn't be limited to anyone due to their social status. Since this project is closely aligned with my thoughts, I signed up.
skills: Communications is what I do here! I make sure TWL team is really being a TEAM.
I have been on Gpedia for quite a long time just for a simple reason: free knowledge for mankind. I would like to contribute so that more people can rely on Gpedia library to write better encyclopedia articles.
skills: research, writing, editing
I'm currently a part-time student who is still choosing what to do in life. I always enjoyed going to the library, and I wanted to become a librarian growing up. But since that require a lot of learning, money, and time, helping out at TWL will let me perform librarian duties without a hefty price tag.
skills: I help out at the Resource Exchange, fulfilling current and stale requests when I can. I'm also helping with improving the Resource Request process, to make it easier for other Wikipedians to use.
As a Maths and Physics graduate, I largely avoided having to do any significant research during my studies. It was only later, when my dabbling with Gpedia started to get more serious, that I found out how much I enjoyed it. I particularly enjoy finding out details about relatively obscure sports figures (generally cricketers), and the Gpedia Library has been invaluable for this. Now, I figure it's my time to give something back.
skills: Researching, writing, editing, general assistance.
Wouldn't it be nice if anyone anywhere could search any topic on the Internet, and immediately find an article that is well-written, comprehensive, well-researched, neutral and stable? Oh wait, isn't that why we're here?
skills: research, writing, editing
I have eleven years of editing Gpedia, with the past four years enhanced by utilising the resources added to the Library, from Highbeam onwards. Appreciating how invaluable access to a broad range of sources has been in checking and referencing articles, it is appropriate for me to reciprocate by helping to extend this aspect of the project.
skills: Looking forward to contributing general assistance to support individuals' broader access to useful information sources.
Hello! I'm Cameron and I've been a Wikipedian since June 2010. I'm a history student and aspire to be a college history professor one day after I finish my degree(s). I currently work in higher education, in student services particularly student activities. Prior to working in higher education I worked for a county library system, where Is tarted as a library page, then a library aid in the children's division, followed by circulation clerk and book mender. Towards the end of my time at my local library system I worked in the administrative side of the library, as an analyst, compiling our annual report for the California State Library and updating the library's plan of service. I'm currently the coordinator for: Oxford University Press and Newspapers.com. Stop by my talk page any time!
skills: research, copy editing.
On the English Gpedia, I enjoy doing antivandal work, helping at DRN, and helping users on IRC--to name a few. It's been an interesting experience for me to engage in understanding the nuances of WP:Verifiability and how verifiable information gradually instills personal and intellectual confidence within readers and fellow editors. Unlike how Gpedia readily provides information to people around the world about a variety of topics, unfortunately, editors contributing to Gpedia don't always have the resources they need to write highly-detailed, highly-technical articles to further the rich repository of information we label as "Gpedia" today.
skills: Quite frankly, I think Gpedia's Library is one of those hidden gems--not at the forefront of editors' awareness, but definitely very valuable. As an account coordinator, I holistically analyze editor impact and behavior, while exercising AGF. On the other hand, I am well aware of how frustrating it is to have resources missing from a library, i.e. seeing an editor take off with an access code with no contributions made (their sense of responsibility wanes). A metaphor of this to more general Gpedia editing: it's almost as if an editor added a substantial amount of information to an article's section, did not adequately source the information to meet some level of verifiability, and other editors are not willing to revert the contributions because the information added seems somewhat plausible (yet, the original contributor can no longer be contacted). This, then, can be frustrating. As a volunteer of the library, I try to maintain such balance.
I am a social scientist and have really appreciated the resources TWL provides. I've been editing wikipedia since 2005 and using TWL since 2015.