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APA access[edit]

Hello, I made an application for American Psychological Association for Wikipedia in January [1] and received a mail last February informing me that I could have an access for Wikipedia, so I filled the form corresponding but since then, nothing happened... Could you help me ? Thank you, best regards, --Pierrette13 (talk) 05:38, 26 June 2017 (UTC)

@Pierrette13: Apologies for not seeing this sooner. Do you have access now? If not I'll chase this up. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 09:10, 17 July 2017 (UTC)
Hello hello Samwalton9 (WMF), thank you for your message, it's ok, I have the access now, best regards, --Pierrette13 (talk) 09:15, 17 July 2017 (UTC)

Library card platform[edit]

I am getting weird messages via e-mail from the Library Card Platform, it indicates Dear 34469123 (whoever that is) your application for Alexander Street Press, Cambridge University Press, and Jstor have been waitlisted (each one was a separate e-mail). I already have access to each of those and did not ask for access. Why am I receiving this if I did not request access? Is this to move my existing accounts to the new platform? SusunW (talk) 21:25, 15 July 2017 (UTC)

Hi SusunW and anyone else getting these messages: the developer for Library Card is importing data from all of the old spreadsheets/Google Forms, and it sounds like that's resulting in a bunch of strange emails getting sent out. Your access is exactly the same, and you don't need to do anything in response to this. Nikkimaria (talk) 21:47, 15 July 2017 (UTC)
Nikkimaria Thank you. Wasn't sure if it was a glitch, if I needed to do something, or if I should just ignore it. I always appreciate how fast you respond and your help. SusunW (talk) 21:50, 15 July 2017 (UTC)
Nikkimaria, thanks. I've been wondering about this too. SarahSV (talk) 22:52, 15 July 2017 (UTC)
This issue shouldn't occur again, and the related issue of being addressed with an ID rather than your username should also now be fixed. Apologies for the confusion, we'll be sending out an email to clarify this. Best, Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 09:10, 17 July 2017 (UTC)

Email delivery of Books & Bytes newsletter[edit]

We're excited to announce that email delivery of our bi-monthly newsletter Books & Bytes to your email is now possible. This is such an obvious thing that should've existed way long ago, but we finally got to it. If you are interested in receiving the newsletter via email, please subscribe here. If you have any questions regarding the subscription or the landing page, please drop me an email at avasanth[at]wikimedia[dot]org. Thanks --AVasanth (WMF) (talk) 04:15, 22 July 2017 (UTC)

New application process[edit]

I have just updated some of the partnership pages for which I provide coordination and I noticed that the description of the application process (specifically the process outlined here) is no longer accurate. I do think a template like that might be helpful to applicants to review before they click the Library card platform link, but it needs to be updated for generic use by all partnership pages.

Secondly: For the partnerships that I coordinate, I have marked the WP:PARTNERSHIP/Approved (and "Not approved") pages as historical and as archives. You can see what I mean at the top of this page. Do those headers make sense? Should all such pages be marked like this? -Thibbs (talk) 15:50, 22 July 2017 (UTC)

@Thibbs: That's a great point, and that template is one that we've been planning to either reword or just remove from the current signup pages. And yes that header looks good, I'll make sure we add it or something similar to all the Approved / Not Approved pages. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 10:04, 24 July 2017 (UTC)
 Done Historical tag added to all Approval pages! Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 10:33, 24 July 2017 (UTC)

Wikipedia Library[edit]

The WikiProject Report would like to focus on the Wikipedia Library for a Signpost article, this is an excellent opportunity to draw attention to your efforts and attract new members to the project. Would you be willing to participate in an interview? If so, here are the sample questions for the interview. Contact me on my talk page and I will set up a different page for for you to answer questions. When you respond, feel free to skip any questions that you don't feel comfortable answering. Multiple editors will have an opportunity to respond to the interview questions. I will be leaving messages on active member's talk pages and invite them to participate also. If you know anyone else who would like to participate in the interview, please share this with them.

The Very Best of Regards,
Barbara (WVS)   12:28, 26 July 2017 (UTC)
@Barbara (WVS): This would be great! It looks like the interview page is still set up for WikiProject Comics though, are the TWL related questions somewhere else? Thanks, Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 12:44, 26 July 2017 (UTC)
I just linked to that Comics interview as an example. The interview pages for the Library folk are located somewhere else and you will get your own interview page if you would like to participate. Can I interview you?
Barbara (WVS)   19:07, 26 July 2017 (UTC)
The page that is linked above is to show future interviewees what the questions will look like. I would like to ask additional questions AND invite interviewees to pose their own questions to answer. You know that I love libraries, right? I cannot maintain a NPOV on this topic. I can set up your interview page now if you would like.
Barbara (WVS)   13:07, 26 July 2017 (UTC)
Ah, I see! Ha, yeah that would be great. Are you wanting to focus on interviewing users who have received access through TWL, or TWL coordinators and staff? Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 13:13, 26 July 2017 (UTC)
The interview will be a lot about you, a WPL editor, but blatant advertising for your project is appropriate also. You have staff? Oh well, you can explain that in your interview. (I don't have staff....)
Barbara (WVS)   19:07, 26 July 2017 (UTC)
@Barbara (WVS): Just to clarify - The Wikipedia Library is a Wikimedia Foundation program, not a WikiProject (which is why we have staff). The interview seems to be geared towards WikiProjects; is it still applicable? Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 09:53, 31 July 2017 (UTC)

The Wikipedia Library Card platform[edit]

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The Wikipedia Library team are happy to announce the migration of our free research access signups to the Library Card platform! The Library Card is a centralised location for signing up to all of the free resources available through the library - now totalling over 60 publishers and databases offering access to more than 80,000 paywalled periodicals to help you research and find citations for Wikipedia articles. On-wiki signup pages have been archived, and all future signups will be coordinated on the platform.

Log in directly with your Wikipedia account via OAuth, and if you find resources that would be useful to you, please sign up! Ongoing development will be occurring for the site, so please let us know if you run into any error messages or unexpected behaviour. You can flag bugs directly on Phabricator.

Later this year we'll be integrating an authentication system, enabling direct access to resources using your Wikipedia login. No more need to remember separate logins for each website! We'll also be using this system to allow automated no-application-required access to a subset of partners, and integrating it with a search tool to make it easier to figure out which aggregator or publisher has the content you need! Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 20:26, 9 August 2017 (UTC)