For the second time running, African Librarians under AfLIA as a collective came together to contribute to the second cycle of the global #1Lib1Ref campaign. Between 17th-24th May, 2021, AfLIA launched the second African Librarians Week, where African library and information professionals concertedly provided reliable and factual information to the world through Wikipedia.
Organised in both English and French, the week-long virtual campaign engaged the African library community to help fill key gaps in African content on Wikipedia by adding missing references to articles about Africa on the online encyclopedia. This year, we focused on the theme; “Learning in Africa“ - as Africans we recognize that learning takes place within classroom walls and within community created systems and networks that pass on information from one generation to another.
The contest itself ended on 5th June with volunteers making Wikipedia more reliable at least 4,200 times over and contributing at least 712 images. You can check out the statistics here