“More Than an Editing Party: Why and How You Should Organize a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon”
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
2pm Eastern (11am Pacific | 12pm Mountain | 1pm Central)
Wikipedia, the global volunteer-edited reference source, has grown from a scrappy upstart to being regarded (sometimes reluctantly) as a mainstay of our information landscape. But while Wikipedia now has more than five million articles in English, it still contains gaps in coverage that stem from the demographics of its editors. Since 2013, a group of librarians at the University of North Carolina has coordinated and hosted nearly twenty Wikipedia edit-a-thons with the goal of eliminating those gaps. At these events, participants have developed articles on women in art, science, and math; regional African American and Native American history; and local practitioners of traditional arts.
The librarians at UNC are not operating in a vacuum, but are part of a worldwide community of GLAM (gallery, library, archives, and museum) professionals bringing their unique expertise to the Wiki movement. In this session, four of them will discuss their experiences and the broader role of librarians in the Wiki world. The presenters will focus especially on the edit-a-thon program at UNC-Chapel Hill, discussing event outcomes, addressing the benefits and challenges of hosting an edit-a-thon, and sharing tips, advice, and step-by-step resources for librarians considering their own involvement in Wikipedia.
About the Presenters:
Emily Jack is the Community Engagement Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She manages the library’s social media presence and coordinates efforts, including Wikipedia edit-a-thons, that engage the UNC community in research and learning activities outside of the curriculum.
Kristan Shawgo is a Social Sciences Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, serving as the library liaison for the departments and centers of Public Policy, Women’s & Gender Studies, Sociology, Sexuality Studies, the Carolina Women’s Center, and the LGBTQ Center.
Therese Triumph is a Science Liaison Librarian for the Kenan Science Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and began her career in science as an engineer working in the renewable energy field. She has held three “Women in Science” wiki edit-a-thons with the “Women in Science and Engineering” graduate group.
Alice Whiteside is the Head of the Sloane Art Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has participated in Art + Feminism since its launch in 2014, helping to organize Wikipedia edit-a-thons at Mount Holyoke College, the Rhode Island School of Design, and most recently UNC-Chapel Hill.
Can’t make it to the live show? That’s okay. The session will be recorded and available on the Carterette Series Webinars site for later viewing.
To register for the online event
1. Go to registration page: goo.gl/2KBKHT
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