Wikipedia Loves Libraries

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Wikipedia Loves Libraries

Wikipedia Loves Libraries is a coordinated program of micro-conferences (editathons) at North American libraries and archives in October 2011. . These events are also held “in sympathy with Wikipedians’ moral support of Open Access Week.

This is an Editathon of Wikipedia articles on local history and community using library resources (possible help provided by local historical societies, and by Wikiprojects such as WikiProject United States and WikiProject Canada).

An edit-a-thon (sometimes written editathon) is an organized event where editors of online communities such as Wikipedia, OpenStreetMap, and LocalWiki edit and improve a specific topic or type of content, typically including basic editing training for new editors. They often involve meetups, but can be distributed as well. The word is a portmanteau of “edit” and “marathon“.

Wikipedia edit-a-thons have taken place at Wikimedia chapter headquarters, accredited educational institutions including Sonoma State University, Arizona State University, The University of Victoria in Canada; as well as cultural institutions such as museums or archives. The events have included topics such as cultural heritage sites, museum collections, women’s history, art, feminism, narrowing Wikipedia’s gender gap, social justice issues, and other topics

Visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikipedia_Loves_Libraries to see if a local event is already planned for your area. If not, Wikipedia encourages you to plan one. Another good place to check is at WP:MEETUP to see if there have been other wiki-meetups in your area in the past. If so, you could post there and ask if anyone is interested in a Library meetup in October.

By |7 Oct 2011|Genealogy, Social Media|Comments Off on Wikipedia Loves Libraries

About the Author:

Nancy Loe has an MA in American History and an MLS in Library Science and Archives. She has appeared on PBS’s American Experience, at Rootstech, SCGS Jamboree, and state and regional genealogy conferences. Her website was featured in Family Tree Magazine's “Social Media Mavericks: 40 to Follow.”