Wikidata: A New Tool to Enhance Access to Law Library Collections (Deep Dive)

Recorded On: 07/17/2022

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The Wikidata repository stores structured metadata about anything and can be read and edited by humans and machines. Including Wikidata in library applications enhances the online presence of library collections and the people and entities associated with those collections. Wikidata projects are also a low barrier way to gain hands on experience creating Linked Online Data (LOD). Join a panel of current and former law librarians to discover Wikidata’s value and practical uses in law libraries. Using demonstrations of their Wikidata projects, the panelists will meld theory with practical advice on planning, implementing, and sustaining a Wikidata project. The panelists will compare and contrast the decisions and practical considerations involved with their respective projects and demonstrate Wikidata creation.

Recorded at the 2022 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference. Please note the opinions shared during the programs represent the views of the speakers and not of AALL.


All librarians interested in enhancing access to and use of their collections, but especially metadata librarians, technical services librarians, and managers of special collections and digital repositories


  1. Audience members will be able to explain what Wikidata is and its use and value in libraries and repositories.
  2. Audience members will be able to describe Wikidata projects currently being implemented in law libraries.
  3. Audience members will be able to assess the pros and cons of potential Wikidata projects in their own libraries or repositories.


  • Joe Cera, UC Berkeley Law Library
  • Jake Kubrin, Robert Crown Law Library, Stanford Law School
  • Chris Long, University of Colorado Boulder University Libraries (Norlin Library)


  • Karen Selden, University of Colorado Law Library

AALL BODY OF KNOWLEDGE DOMAINS: Information ManagementMarketing + Outreach

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Wikidata: A New Tool to Enhance Access to Law Library Collections (Deep Dive)
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