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Wednesday, March 9 • 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Wikipedia Edit-a-thons from Why to Edit

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Kim Collins, Siân Evans, Trudy Jacoby, Heather Slania

Siân Evans, Heather Slania

William Blueher, Melanie Emerson, Siân Evans, and Mikayla Lynch 

Wikipedia Edit-a-thons have become a popular way of improving the resource as well as a great way to help new Wikipedians learn to edit. This “train the trainers” workshop targets librarians and visual resources professionals who are new to Wikipedia but would like to learn how to edit Wikipedia pages and run Wikipedia edit-a-thons around local holdings or subjects of their interest. More experienced users are also encouraged to attend to share their experiences, learn more about different projects, and help new Wikipedians learn how to make edits. 


Participants will receive an introduction to how Wikipedia works including best practices, policies, and guidelines. Then participants will hear three case studies that will exemplify why they should care about Wikipedia. Following the panel there will be a two hour basic and intermediate edit training session. Finally, participants will end the day learning about the nuts and bolts of running an Edit-a-thon. We hope to schedule pop-up Edit-a-thons throughout the conference with resource guides from various SIGs to flex your newly gained editing skills.


Case studies: 

William Blueher will discuss Thomas J. Watson Library's on-going GLAM-Wiki project. A team of librarians and interns have added citations to over 2,000 Wikipedia articles, and as a result Wikipedia now drives over 50% of traffic to Watson's Digital Collections. 


Mikayla Lynch will speak about her role as head of the Guggenheim Wikipedia Initiative which is an inter-departmental, cross-institutional effort that involves contributions from nearly all of their museum departments.  The Guggenheim's project is unique in that rather than having a Wikipedian-in-Residence, they've trained six staff members across several departments as editors and essentially built an internal team of Wikipedians. 


Siân Evans and Melanie Emerson, Head of the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, will discuss the success of the Art+Feminism Edit-a-Thon series, which has been widely recognized as holding the most successful international edit-a-thons in Wikipedia history.

Maximum Participants: 40
Fee: $35


William Blueher

Metadata and Collections Librarian, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Metadata & Collections Librarian, Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Melanie Emerson

Dean of Library + Special Collections, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
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Siân Evans

Information Literacy and Instructional Design Librarian, Maryland Institute College of Art
Siân Evans is the Information Literacy & Instructional Design Librarian at Maryland Institute College of Art and the co-founder of Art+Feminism, a campaign to create meaningful changes to the body of knowledge available about feminism and the arts on Wikipedia. Her writing can be... Read More →
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Trudy Jacoby

Director, Visual Resources, Art and Archaeology, Princeton University
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Mikayla Lynch

Associate Manager, Global Communications, GUGGENHEIM
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Heather Slania

Director of the Decker Library, MICA
Director of the Decker Library at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Wednesday March 9, 2016 1:00pm - 5:00pm PST
Vashon II Room The Seattle Westin 1900 5th Avenue, Seattle, Washington 98101