Submissions:2023/The Wikipedian in Residence Workshop: Hiring, Execution, Reporting, Impact

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WikiConference North America 2023 unfortunately could not accommodate this submission in its program this year.


The Wikipedian in Residence Workshop: Hiring, Execution, Reporting, Impact


Community Initiatives, GLAM / Heritage / Culture

Type of session:



The Wikimedia movement has had in the ballpark of 200 Wikipedians in Residence in the past 15 or so years. What have we learned about how to set up, run, share from, and even sell these meaningful institutional positions?

Jake Orlowitz, founder of the Wikipedia Library, and head of Wikimedia Consulting firm WikiBlueprint, will walk participants through each stage of starting, executing, and communicating about a WIR position.

Participants will receive a sample position description for hiring, example questions for interviews, an onboarding syllabus for WIRs, checklists for institutional integration, activity guides for core content creation and donation campaigns, tool wisdom, communication and report demos, and elevator pitches to promote their work.

The workshop is appropriate for anyone who wants to be (or has been) a WIR, or any institution that is interesting in managing a WIR in the future.

Author name:

Jake Orlowitz

E-mail address:

Wikimedia username:


Affiliated organization(s):

Estimated time:

60 Minutes

Special requests:

Have you presented on this topic previously? If yes, where/when?:


Okay to livestream?

Livestreaming is okay

If your submission is not accepted, would you be open to presenting your topic in another part of the program? (e.g. lightning talk or unconference session)

Less likely