Toronto Public Library demonstrates leadership with Linked Open Data projects

Over the past year, I have been looking for good case studies or examples of local libraries working with University Librarians and the GLAM sector (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums).

I found out about the Toronto Public Library’s (TPL) involvement with Toronto area University Libraries working together to create Wiki edit-a-thon activities every Friday for the month of Black History Month and I wanted to know more about their efforts.

When I spoke to David Sprague, Digital Content Lead, Preservation & Digitization at TPL on March 3rd, he acknowledged that one of the reasons his organization is demonstrating leadership in this area is that the existing

 historical archives at the Toronto Reference Library are heavily settler-focused.

His department is active in this to ensure that diverse voices are reflected in Toronto’s historical record and evolving narrative.


1. Increase representation of women and other historically underrepresented groups related to Toronto history on Wikipedia

2. Increase access to our digitized images and relevant Special Collections webpages in Wikipedia articles

“It was nice to talk to you today — and encouraging to hear about your interest in furthering access to information on Wikipedia!” D. Sprague email with these links for Toronto area people being more active:

For more information on Black History Month Edit-a-thons, please watch this video link explaining how all of us can get involved in Wikipedia projects like this one.