• Libraries and information services have long since been champions of equitable access to
    information. As the popularity of open access grows, the GLAM (Galleries, Libraries,
    Archives and Museums) sector investigates how to further develop their service and enrich
    their collections through knowledge collaboration. With the increased production of
    information, diverse range of publishable formats, and the world’s perpetual digitisation,
    information services aim to utilise the varied information available through semantic linking,
    centralising institutions’ disparate, but complementary, information. This is being
    implemented in national libraries across the world with the adoption of Wikidata. This online
    database can act as an integrated information cache, connecting institutions and creating
    relationships between their collections. This essay will begin by examining what Wikidata is
    and what benefits it can reap for information services. It will detail specific applications of
    Wikidata including authority control, enriching metadata, interface accessibility and user
    experience, through projects at Library of Congress, The National Library of Wales, and The
    National Library of The Netherlands. There will be overlap between concepts and practices,
    as they share the same focus and outcome of sharing previously siloed information to an
    open-access, collaborative, centralised space to enrich collections and foster ease of
    interoperability between institutions. The essay will conclude with reviewing how Wikidata
    and a subsequent culture of connection has and will continue to shape the future of the
    library.