Wikipedia talk:The Wikipedia Library

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Reference access to AZBilliards.

Hello, I've recently been adding additional articles to the world of 9-Ball Pool, specifically, the WPA World Nine-ball Championship over several previous years. The website az billiards has recently started using a pay-wall to display older information (Anything older than a year). In a conversation, SMcCandlish pointed me to yourselves regarding potentially emailing the site for a key account for this information (The information on Pool in general is particularly poor), however, this isn't something I've done before, so would appreciate any help I could get regarding putting like this together.

Many thanks for your time. Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 15:35, 5 July 2018 (UTC)

@Lee Vilenski: You're in the right place! (though requests can also be made at WP:TWL/Databases/Requests) For a more niche database like this we actually recommend going directly as an individual editor, rather than us working on a broader partnership. Do you think there would be interest in this website from many editors other than yourself? If not, we can help you with the best way to make the request for a single account, based on our pitching process. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 16:05, 5 July 2018 (UTC)
I'd argue that whilst there could potentially be a couple of editors who would use the service, as the WP:WikiProject Cue Sports is virtually dead, it may be best to request as myself. Having looked through the pitching process, I should warn you, my knowledge of copyright law is quite poor (Specifically, as this is a US company, and I am British.) Would this be an issue? Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 08:13, 6 July 2018 (UTC)
@Lee Vilenski: Doubtful :) All publishers tend to be concerned about is whether editors are going to copy their content to Wikipedia wholesale, or simply summarise and cite it (hint: it's the latter) so in depth copyright knowledge shouldn't be an issue. Looks like the only public email I can find for them is [email protected], so that's probably your best bet. I'd advise just dropping them an email explaining that you're a Wikipedia editor who finds their content useful on Wikipedia, and that you'd like to be able to cite more of their content, that you can't currently access due to the paywall. It's worth highlighting in particular that this can lead to more exposure for their website in relevant Wikipedia articles, used by readers when researching billiards topics. That natural benefit of giving Wikipedians free access is what motivates many of our partners, and you could mention that we already successfully partner with many large publishers. Feel free to drop me an email (see my user page) if you want to run the email by me first, and feel free to CC me on the email. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 08:58, 6 July 2018 (UTC)
Samwalton9 (WMF) - Thank you for your help. I now have the access granted. Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 08:08, 9 August 2018 (UTC)
That's great to hear! Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 13:58, 9 August 2018 (UTC)

Non-working link on "Browse partners" page

The "online catalogue" link on the Browse Partners page leads to a page that says, "Oops! That page can’t be found." I suspect that McFarland's Browse Books by Subject page is what is needed. I don't see a talk page for the Browse Partners page, so I hope posting here will alert whoever has access to change the link in the McFarland box. Eddie Blick (talk) 02:29, 16 August 2018 (UTC)

Fixed that, thanks. Nikkimaria (talk) 03:43, 16 August 2018 (UTC)

Gale – what am I doing wrong?

So, I wanted to glance at this article, available through Gale's General OneFile. I supposedly have access to that database, I'm logged in ... but whatever I do I can't access the article. What am I doing wrong? Can anyone advise? Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 11:15, 21 August 2018 (UTC)

@Justlettersandnumbers: It's not clear to me either - it might be best if you message Gale support to see if there's a sensible reason you can't see that document. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 09:23, 23 August 2018 (UTC)

Requirements for accounts

I am having trouble finding easy links to the requirements for accounts. I can see them here, and as a coordinator, I know what they are. But I'm concerned new users won't easily find them. I think it would be helpful to add a version of the list to the partner pages (such as here) or at least a clear link to the about page. I'm also adding the list to the project pages for the projects I coordinate, Wikipedia:Project MUSE and Wikipedia:Foreign Affairs. Am I missing something? Is this a good idea? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Smmurphy (talkcontribs) 13:38, 14 September 2018 (UTC)

@Smmurphy: That's totally a fair point. We might have 'over-centralised' that information. I've filed T204998 - we'll get a more prominent link on the platform itself. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 09:02, 21 September 2018 (UTC)
@Smmurphy: This should now be fixed --AVasanth (WMF) (talk) 18:32, 19 October 2018 (UTC)

Library Card platform now on Translatewiki!

One of the core reasons we moved our signup processes for Wikipedia Library resources over to a centralised platform last year was the ability to open up the signup process to editors from all language Wikipedias. TWL resources shouldn’t just be available for the English Wikipedia, but for editors from any language project. I’m therefore very happy to announce that the Library Card platform interface is now available to translate on translatewiki!

If you are capable of doing so, please help out by translating some pieces of text! Doing so will help open up our resources to so much more of the Wikimedia community.

Note that this process only allows translation of the tool’s interface; we’re currently working on translation support for elements such as the publisher description text, which will likely be translated on Meta.

Thanks - Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 14:13, 16 October 2018 (UTC)

Page layout

Thanks for improving the mobile reading experience on this page @Damenleeturks:! Is there a way we could use that layout on smaller screen widths, but retain the previous layout on wider screens? There's a lot of whitespace on a typical computer monitor size screen now. Appreciate you spending the time on this :) Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 17:28, 7 November 2018 (UTC)

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