Crowdsourcing: how and why should libraries do it?

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Crowdsourcing: how and why should libraries do it?
Authors: Rose Holley [edit item]
Citation: D-Lib Magazine 16 : 15. 2010 March.
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Crowdsourcing: how and why should libraries do it? is a publication by Rose Holley.


[edit] Abstract

The definition and purpose of crowdsourcing and its relevance to libraries is discussed with particular reference to the Australian Newspapers service, {FamilySearch}, Wikipedia, Distributed Proofreaders, Galaxy Zoo and The Guardian {MP's} Expenses Scandal. These services have harnessed thousands of digital volunteers who transcribe, create, enhance and correct text, images and archives. Known facts about crowdsourcing are presented and helpful tips and strategies for libraries beginning to crowdsource are given.

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"The definition and purpose of crowdsourcing and its relevance to libraries is discussed with particular reference to the Australian Newspapers service http://newspapers.nla.gov.au, FamilySearch http://familysearchindexing.org, Wikipedia http://wikipedia.org, Distributed Proofreaders http://www.pgdp.net, Galaxy Zoo http://www.galaxyzoo.org and The Guardian MP’s Expenses Scandal http://mpsexpenses. guardian.co.uk. These services have harnessed thousands of digital volunteers who transcribe, create, enhance and correct text, images and archives. Known facts about crowdsourcing are presented and helpful tips and strategies for libraries beginning to crowdsource are given."

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Topics: Other participation outcomes [edit item]
Domains: Library science [edit item]
Theory type: Analysis [edit item]
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"Crowdsourcing has not been attempted on any significant scale by libraries to date, but could prove to be the most useful tool a library can have in the future. If the facts known about crowdsourcing and the tips outlined in this article are applied any crowdsourcing project that is ‘for the common good’ and initiated by a non‐profit making organisation such as a library is likely to be successful. If the public are given a high level of trust and responsibility they will respond with loyalty and commitment as has been demonstrated in the crowdsourcing sites discussed. There is huge potential for libraries to harness digital volunteers. Libraries need to give up ‘power and control’ thinking and look to freedom instead. Harriet Rubin, business publisher and author talking about success says “Freedom is actually a bigger game than power. Power is about what you can control. Freedom is about what you can unleash”17. And librarians need to be courageous about this. Dr John C. Maxwell , leadership expert and author talking on how to generate momentum in the workplace says “Passion energizes your talent and rubs off on those around you. If you have courage then you will influence people based on your passionate convictions”18 . Do we have the courage, and dare we give users something greater than power – freedom?"

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