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Date15 January 2016 (2016-01-15)

#1Lib1Ref ("One Librarian, One Reference") was a Wikipedia publicity drive that asked each librarian on Earth to mark the 15th anniversary of the foundation of Wikipedia, on 15 January 2016, by adding a citation to the online encyclopedia.[1][2][3]

The organisers estimated that if each librarian on the planet spent 15 minutes adding a citation, then the English Wikipedia's backlog of 350,000 [citation needed] templates would be cleared.[4]

The week long event, which ran from 15-23 January, used the hashtag "#1lib1ref".[5]

The Campaign became an annual event celebrating Wikipedia's birthday.[6] In 2017 and 2018, the "#1lib1ref" campaign expanded to a three-week event.[7]

The campaign is part of the Wikimedia foundation's GLAM outreach strategy; to involve librarians in the improvement of wikipedia.[8]


As of the end of the campaign, 1,232 revisions on 879 pages, by 327 users in 9 languages used the hashtag #1lib1ref in the edit summary with the total edit count estimated to be around 50% below the actual number. Furthermore the hashtag was used in 1100 Twitter posts by over 630 users.[9]


  1. Rust, Amanda (14 January 2016). "#1Lib1Ref: Imagine a World Where Every Librarian Added One More Reference to Wikipedia". Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  2. "#1Lib1Ref ACRL TechConnect Blog". ACRL. 15 January 2016. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  3. Scheeder, Donna (15 January 2016). "Wikipedia birthday greetings". International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  4. "The Wikipedia Library/1Lib1Ref". Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  5. Stinson, Alex (15 January 2016). "#1Lib1Ref: Help Celebrate Wikipedia's Birthday during 15-23 January by Adding a Reference". Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  6. "Springfield, Greene County librarians add to Wikipedia #1Lib1Ref campaign. You can, too". Springfield News-Leader. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  7. "1Lib1Ref". Folgerpedia. Folger Shakespeare Library. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  8. "Wikipedia's 2018 #1lib1ref Campaign* | Idaho Commission for Libraries". libraries.idaho.gov. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  9. "1Lib1Ref Lessons - Outcomes by the numbers[edit]". Retrieved 11 December 2016.

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