*"A Wikilibrarian's story"*

(The text in this section was copied from *Books & Bytes*, Issue 35,
July–August 2019
<https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/The_Wikipedia_Library/Newsletter/July-August_2019>;
see the page history on Meta for attribution.)


One's advent into the world of Wikimedia projects is almost always a
noteworthy account. Here we share one such account of a librarian who was
introduced to Wikipedia in an unusual way and began their adventure trying
to better understand Wikipedia and now helps others understand it too!


*Laurie Bridges is an Instruction and Outreach Librarian at Oregon State
University in the US. She was introduced to Wikipedia by her son: at age 9,
he was assigned a class project to research and present about a species of
frog, and was told to only use Wikipedia for his research. When he related
this to her, she thought, "If 9-year-olds are being introduced to research
using Wikipedia, I better learn more about Wikipedia". So she got involved
because she wanted to better understand the resource her son, and the
students at her university, use. She explains:*
Students and faculty are familiar with [Wikipedia] because many use it
daily, although they do not cite it in their papers. As a librarian I teach
about information literacy and help students and faculty with their
research. Wikipedia is a familiar website that I can use to teach
information literacy and afterwards students and faculty leave equipped
with a better understanding of how the information source works. Students
are used to teachers and professors saying, "Don't use Wikipedia." However,
this dismissive statement doesn't teach the students how, why, or when they
can use Wikipedia or other online resources. We are living in a time of
misinformation and I want students to understand the information they are
using and become critical consumers of that information. Using Wikipedia to
teach students about information literacy is fun! In addition, it's
fulfilling because I can see students' excitement as they learn more about
Wikipedia, a website they use on a daily basis. I've found teaching with
Wikipedia to be so rewarding that I want to spread the word.

Finally, if librarians don't teach students about Wikipedia and what it is
(or isn't), who is going to teach them? I'd like to see more activity and
interest from librarians related to Wikipedia. This is why whenever I get a
chance, I will introduce other librarians to … the Wikimedia Movement. Last
year I received a scholarship to attend Wikimedia + Education in San
Sebastián, Spain. I was only one of two librarians in attendance (in
addition to Basque librarians who were volunteering at the event). It was a
great learning opportunity and I connected with so many enthusiastic
educators. I'd love to see enough interest from librarians to host a
Wikimedia + Libraries conference! That would be a great conference!



*The change of seasons*

There are a variety of ways to define seasons
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Season>, including meteorologically and
culturally. For those in the northern hemisphere, the autumnal equinox was
on 23 September this year; the autumnal equinox marks the transition from
astronomical summer to astronomical autumn. For those in the southern
hemisphere, 23 September was the spring equinox, which marked the
transition from astronomical winter to astronomical spring.

Awhile back I learned of a Scandinavian practice called kulning
<https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kulning>, which involves using songs to call
herds of cattle over long distances. Here is a video (YouTube link)
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nc7F_qv3eI8> that shows cattle being
summoned out of the field with a kulning call for the last time of the year
in September 2017.

Here are a few music selections for the transition from summer to fall:

* "Summer End | Chill & Jazzhop", by Fantastic Music (YouTube link)
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=icS__xweWnU>

* "Summer's Gone", by Bob Bradley & Thomas Balmforth (YouTube link)
<https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uyuLrJZ4IM>

And for the transition from winter to spring:


(The performances linked below feature John Harrison on the violin,
and the Wichita
State University <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wichita_State_University>
Chamber Players. The conductor was Robert Turizziani. The performance
rights release was received by Wikimedia Commons via OTRS
<https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons:OTRS>.)


* Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269, "*La primavera*" (Spring) —
Movement 1: Allegro from *The Four Seasons*, composed by Antonio Vivaldi
<https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:01_-_Vivaldi_Spring_mvt_1_Allegro_-_John_Harrison_violin.ogg>
* Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269, "*La primavera*" (Spring) —
Movement 2: Largo from *The Four Seasons, *composed by Antonio Vivaldi
<https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:02_-_Vivaldi_Spring_mvt_2_Largo_-_John_Harrison_violin.ogg>
* Concerto No. 1 in E major, Op. 8, RV 269, "*La primavera*" (Spring) —
Movement 3: Allegro from *The Four Seasons*, composed by Antonio Vivaldi
<https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:02_-_Vivaldi_Spring_mvt_2_Largo_-_John_Harrison_violin.ogg>



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