Submissions:2016/Libraries & Wikipedia: Better Together
- outreach, GLAM
- Type of submission
- Phoebe Ayers
- E-mail address
- MIT Libraries, Wikimedia New England
- 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. The Wikimedia Foundation is supporting the Wikipedia library project. Libraries and library organizations around the world are interested in collaborations, ranging from outreach and education to technical initiatives to improve citations and linked open data. But while momentum is growing and libraries represent natural partners for the Wikimedia projects, community outreach efforts to date have not often focused on the unique challenges and opportunities that Wikipedia-library partnerships represent.
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
- Will you attend WikiConference North America if your submission is not accepted?
- yes :)
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