You've got to be in it to win it.
In my opinion, many health sciences librarians expend far too much
energy trying to wean students and junior doctors off Wikipedia. Instead,
I feel that librarians are ideally placed to contribute to improving the
quality of the information it provides. Instead of saying or implying that
this is rubbish [inaccurate, unreliable etc.], let's facilitate
examination and discussion, identify the weaknesses and do something
constructive about them. No references? Then add some. We're supposed to
be good at that. Every so often I do a trawl of Wikipedia and reference a
few unreferenced statements. The more people who do it, the better it will
get. You've got to be in it to win it.
There is a role here for putting critical appraisal skills into
practice. Many junior doctors tend to treat critical appraisal skills
training as a "tick-box exercise" with little relevance to the real world
of clinical practice. I would therefore encourage evidence-based practice
workshops and journal clubs to adopt a "stub" or an incomplete section of
WikiProject Medicine or look at an appropriate specialty-based or topic-
specific Wiki and provide some critically appraised, evidence-based input.
Competing interests: I am also an Administrator of EEPDwiki (http://eepd.org.uk/wiki), a specialty-based Wiki on perinatal data.