Discuss Away Edit

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Wikipedia Library User Group is being renamed! Edit

Hello! In the past few months, the Wikipedia Library User Group has been undergoing some major planning and developments. We just finished our very first open call with the user group members, which was a great success (see the meeting minutes). If you joined us during the meeting, we’d like to thank you for your interest. If not, not to worry, we have lots of things planned for the user group in which you can participate.

This message is to inform you that based on the input received from the user group members and the founding members, it was agreed that the Wikipedia Library User Group’s name be reconsidered by a voting process. As a valued member of the user group, we’d like to invite you to vote on the list of potential names. You can vote by following this link. The poll will run for a timeframe of two weeks. Sent by MediaWiki message delivery on behalf of user group founding members --MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 02:59, 17 October 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wikimedia and Libraries User Group Steering Committee Election Edit

Hi AnthroMimus! As promised by the Wikipedia Library team at the inception of the Wikimedia and Libraries User Group, we are conducting an open-election for the steering committee with 5 to 8 positions. Nominations will be accepted from 3 January 2018 to 9 January 2018. If you are interested in being a part of this committee, you can nominate yourself starting January 2nd next year. This position should attract Wikipedians and librarians with dedication and time to lead the user group in its first year. The elections will happen following the nominations phase starting from 10 January 2018 to 23 January 2018. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact WikiLibraryUG [at] googlegroups [dot] com. A message will be sent shortly before the dates linking to the venue for nominations and election. Thank you! On behalf of the user group founding members--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 04:40, 13 December 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wikimedia and Libraries User Group Steering Committee Election Nomination Phase Edit

Hello again AnthroMimus! As stated in our previous message, nominations for the Wikimedia and Libraries User Group steering committee elections are now open and will remain open until the 9th. If you are interested and have read the instructions, please nominate yourself on the election page. Please forward your queries to libraries lists.wikimedia.org, and for private correspondence, please get in touch with one of the founding members. And finally, wishing you a prosperous and happy new year on behalf of the user group founding members! On behalf of the user group founding members --MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 08:00, 3 January 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Updates on the user group election and #1Lib1Ref Edit

Hi everyone, two quick but important updates:

Timeline for nominations and voting Edit

  • Nominations are extended until 12 January 2018.
  • Candidates will be lightly vetted by the Founding Members (excluding those who are candidates) to help form a well-functioning committee.
  • Vetting will happen from the 13th up to 21 January 2018.
  • Voting will begin on the 22nd of January and end on the 4th of February.
  • To be able to vote, editors must have joined the usergroup before the 21st of January.
  • Results will be announced on or before the 10th of February.

How you can support #1lib1ref Edit

On behalf of the Founding Members --MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 19:50, 10 January 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wikimedia and Libraries User Group Steering Committee Election Voting Phase Edit

Hello once again! We are happy to announce that the steering committee election 2018 is now open for voting. Because you have joined the user group by 21 January 2018, you are eligible to vote. As mentioned under the instructions for voters, you can vote support for multiple candidates, at most one support for each candidate. Also, oppose votes are not allowed, but discussions are welcome on the talk page.

On behalf of the Founding Members --MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 19:24, 22 January 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wikimedia and Libraries User Group Steering Committee Election Results Edit

Hello everyone! The steering committee election for the Wikimedia and Libraries User Group is finally over and the results you were patiently awaiting for is here! We had many great candidates with awesome skillsets and experience, unfortunately not everyone could make it to the final eight. We are grateful to all the candidates for stepping up and boldly throwing their hat in the ring. It was a difficult choice and they made it. Now, the results. The candidates who made it to the final eight are,

On behalf of the founding members, the TWL team and the user group members, we congratulate the candidates on their successful run and welcome them to the committee. The steering committee and the founding members will soon meet to discuss the handover and next steps of the user group. Thank you--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:56, 16 February 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

What's new from the Wikimedia and Libraries User Group Edit

Hi AnthroMimus! Greetings from the Wikimedia and Libraries User Group. Yes, you heard that right! We are now officially known as the Wikimedia and Libraries User Group (previously, Wikipedia Library User Group). New group contacts are User:Merrilee and User:Sodapopinski7. The elected steering committee has been meeting twice a month ever since their election, working on the organisation and details of user group functioning. Progress is being made and we'd like to keep the members updated.
  • The committee decided to use the libraries lists.wikimedia.org and has started making announcements on the list. Please join the list for future announcements and for internal discussions and communications.
  • The latest meeting minutes of the steering committee meeting (May 14-15, 2018) is now available on Meta.

On behalf of the steering committee,


via--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:47, 27 May 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wikimedia and Libraries User Group updates and Wikimania Edit

Hi AnthroMimus! Greetings from the Wikimedia and Libraries User Group. Thank you for participating in the poll to help the steering committee plan activities for the year 2018. We received 84 responses, and the results can be found on the resources page. In addition to that, there are a few more things we'd like to share with you.

If you are attending Wikimania,

Bon voyage and have a wonderful Wikimania!

If you are not attending Wikimania, we have you covered too!

  • Please help us plan activities for this year by sharing your suggestions on how to implement the top two ideas from the poll results. The discussion is open on the user group talk page.
  • The latest meeting minutes of the steering committee meeting (June 28-29, 2018) is now available on Meta.

On behalf of the steering committee,


via--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 17:02, 14 July 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

JSTOR account redistribution (The Wikipedia Library) Edit

Hi - according to our records you received a free account for JSTOR through The Wikipedia Library. Because we’ve used up all of our allocated accounts, and it’s been some time since they were distributed, we want to redistribute any accounts that aren’t being used to users on our waitlist.

If you’re still using, or plan to use, your JSTOR access, no problem! Simply head over to the Library Card platform, log in, and request a renewal of your account. You should be able to do this from your user page, or the JSTOR signup page. If you can’t find the renewal button, or have any other issues or questions about this, please feel free to leave a message on my talk page. We’ll begin redistributing inactive accounts in September; if you request renewal after then we will only be able to reactivate your account if we have spots remaining. Thanks, MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 13:31, 20 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

T&F Edit

Hi, I'm not able to reapply for T&F. I had applied for a second collection, but then decided to keep Arts & Humanities. My subscription expired in mid-August, but when I went to renew I got an error message saying I had already requested a renewal? Seraphim System (talk) 03:30, 30 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hello Seraphim System. I sent your renewal for the Art & Humanities package on August 14. T&F is extremely disorganized. I (far too) frequently have to check up on them, and each time it sets in motion an incredibly long email chain. Give it a week more, and let me know. If you can't get access or otherwise have not been sent a new token, let me know and I will follow up for you. Cheers. AnthroMimus (talk) 05:08, 30 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Approved for Taylor & Francis July 8, but have not received user id and password Edit

I applied for access to a number of databases, I was approved for all of them. I have yet to receive user id and password for Oxford Univ Press and Taylor & Francis. Can you help with this? Thanks MauraWen (talk) 21:16, 14 October 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

MauraWen: I tracked down the notice I sent to T&F. I will ask my contact what happened to your application. The only way they have to contact you is through your email address. Are you still using the same email that you had listed on wikipedia in July? Cheers AnthroMimus (talk) 03:20, 15 October 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
thanks for responding so quickly. Yes, I have the same email address and I was sent other database user ids and passwords to that email address this summer.
Also, I did not get a reply back from the contact for Oxford University Press. Can you advise who to contact next to help me with getting access? thx MauraWen (talk) 12:59, 15 October 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
MauraWen: Cameron11598 responded on his/her talk page to the message you posted there. Was his response unsatisfactory for some reason?

Wikimedia and Libraries User Group Steering Committee Election Voting Phase Edit


Hello AnthroMimus! We are happy to announce that the steering committee election 2019 is now open for voting. Because you have joined the user group before 28 February 2019, you are eligible to vote. Not unlike last year, you can vote support for multiple candidates, at most one support for each candidate. Also, oppose votes are not allowed, but discussions are welcome on the talk page.

On behalf of the steering committee,


via--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 11:43, 20 February 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

T&F access issue Edit

Hello AnthroMimus. I believe I have an active T&F subscription through the Wikipedia Library. However, when I have try to access articles published by T&F I discover that they're not available for my account. When I go to the access page https://www.tandfonline.com/action/showPreferences?menuTab=access while logged into my account, I doesn't show any subscriptions. I'm not sure whether the issue is that T&F hasn't actually enabled any subscriptions for me or whether the articles I try to access not in the list of journals available to Wikipedia users. Your help would be appreciated! Rupert Clayton (talk) 17:23, 20 December 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Could you let me know what journals you are trying to access? AnthroMimus (talk) 02:09, 28 December 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

T&F access issue Edit

Hello AnthroMimus. I have an active account on T&F through the Wikipedia Library. However, when I try to access an article while logged in it only allows me to view the abstract. When I click on "Full Article" or "Get Access" it mentions "You do not have access to this content." The publication is The International Journal of the History of Sport (access to that journal was the reason I applied), and the article is Gender and Etiquette in British Lawn Tennis 1870–1939. The "Access entitlements" section of my account settings shows no subscriptions or allowances. Your help is appreciated! --Wolbo (talk) 13:44, 16 May 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

About how long ago were you given access? (The platform does not allow me to readily look this up.) AnthroMimus (talk) 14:29, 17 May 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Subscription was confirmed on July 22, 2018. There was some communication with you regarding my application between July 12, 2018 and July 18, 2018. It expires on October 21, 2020. --Wolbo (talk) 21:01, 19 May 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
AnthroMimus, any update? --Wolbo (talk) 22:02, 1 June 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Access to a book Edit

Hi, before requesting full access to this database, could someone please take a quick look to see if this book is included with Wikipedia's access? Thanks, --Usernameunique (talk) 02:39, 15 January 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Someone is checking (or at least promised to). I don't have access thru Wikipedia so I can't tell you exactly what is part of the package offered here. I am having some with access, look it up. AnthroMimus (talk) 23:38, 16 January 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Books were **not** included as of lsst year.AnthroMimus (talk) 23:39, 16 January 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Okay. Sorry to inform you that the book is not part of the package that T&F offers to Wikipedia editors. You might want to try local college libraries. I usually find books there. You can use Worldcat.org to find a local library which has the book. (You have to insert your zipcode). Good luck AnthroMimus (talk) 04:06, 19 January 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks for checking and the ideas, AnthroMimus. --Usernameunique (talk) 06:46, 21 January 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
One other thought. If you can find the email address of the author, I would email directly to find out where a digital copy might be accessed. I don't know how long the book is, but with academic papers that I can't access I regularly email the corresplnding author. None of these people get royalties so they are more than happy to gt their work districuted. No one has ever turned me down and they usually send a PDF by return email. (I generally praise their work in advance by saying I had heard great things about it, etc.) It can't hurt. AnthroMimus (talk) 18:41, 22 January 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

T&F Edit

Hi AnthroMimus. You sent my t&f application to them on the 12th but I haven't heard anything. I will be grateful if you will follow up. Thank you! Cambial Yellowing (talk) 14:19, 23 February 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Cambial Yellowing: It is no longer necessary to receive confirmation from T&F or a token. You obtain access through your proxy. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqG1uwhTX2o&t=57s AnthroMimus (talk) 16:06, 26 February 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

T&F question Edit


I just had my T&F application processed. I was able to click the wiki library link and enter the T&F website. At the top of the screen, it states that I have access via the wikipedia library. I just tracked down a Army Notes journal record (https://doi-org.wikipedialibrary.idm.oclc.org/10.1080/03071844709423998), but I do not see anyway of accessing it to see if it holds the info I was after to source an article. When I use the "get access" button, it just provides payment options or to log-in via an institution (wiki library does not appear to be listed). Does this mean that this particular journal is not accessible via the wiki library, or am I missing something? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.EnigmaMcmxc (talk) 18:22, 23 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I'm going to give you a high unsatisfactory answer: Yes, I would conclude that it's not part of the package, but I cannot say for sure. This is because despite several different attempts to have T&F give us a definitive list of the journals included, they have failed to do so. In fact, I no long have a contact at T&F who will respond to my questions. AT one timne T&F granted access to 3 different packages: Defense and Strategic Studies; Art and Humanities; and Natural Hisory-Earth Sciences. An applicant had to pick one of the three. When the cut-over to the present platform took place, they eliminated the categories, and they seem to have eliminated the lists for the categories they used to keep. I have asked people with access (Wiki editors) specific quesitons about what is and is not included and I have a fairly good idea of what general areas you will not find in the package. But I cannot tell you what is or is not in the package, and I don't think anyone at Wikipedia Library can tell you. Sorry. It is a source of enormous frustration to me, and probably to you and other editors as well. But as football coaches say when they want to look smart but really don't have a clue, It is what it is. 21:52, 27 January 2022 (UTC) AnthroMimus (talk) 21:52, 27 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you very much for the response, I do appreciate it and understand. Hopefully, there will be material in there that is accessible and can be used.EnigmaMcmxc (talk) 22:26, 27 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
You will find a ton of stuff in the package and much of it of high academic value. The prob lem is that the areas are highly specialized. But if you are interested in the fields they grant access to, you hit the gold mine. For example, if you are interested in vertebrate paleontology, this is the best package to have access to. If you are looking for something with a wide historical sweep, however, this probably wouldn't be your ham, so to speak. AnthroMimus (talk) 22:34, 27 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

CRC Handbook via Taylor & Francis Edit

There was a question at the Teahouse today (see en:WP:Teahouse#Wikipedia_Resource_Request) which I could only partially answer. Would you mind taking a look and replying there or on the OP's user page? It relates to access to the CRC handbook via Taylor & Francis and the Wikipedia Library. Thanks. Michael D. Turnbull (talk) 16:26, 17 May 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]