Submissions:2016/Libraries & Wikipedia: Better Together

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Title
Theme
outreach, GLAM
Academic Peer Review option
n
Type of submission
panel
Author
Phoebe Ayers
E-mail address
phoebe.ayers@gmail.com
Username
Phoebe
Affiliation
MIT Libraries, Wikimedia New England
Abstract
In the last few years there has been an explosion of initiatives to connect libraries and librarians with the Wikimedia projects. Many librarians have run outreach efforts at their institutions, from staff trainings to public edit-a-thons, and institutions ranging from ARL libraries to library consortiums are hosting Wikipedians-in-residence. Interest in collaborations runs from outreach and education, to technical initiatives to improve linked open data. But while libraries represent natural partners for the Wikimedia projects, outreach efforts have often focused more on museums and other kinds of cultural heritage institutions. What unique challenges and opportunities do Wikipedia-library partnerships hahve? As information professionals grapple with working with the world's largest reference source, what kinds of projects work and which don't? What are some ideas on the horizon, and what are some ways we can work together as a profession to do large-scale initiatives? This session will serve as a moderated discussion amongst librarian-Wikipedians, and feature short presentations of model projects from a number of panelists (TBC). Participants will leave inspired with ideas to bring back to their institutions and knowledge of some other people doing similar work.
Length of presentation
45 minutes (or more if there's more time)
Special schedule requests
might be useful to schedule after Merrilee Proffitt's keynote
Preferred room size
large
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