Submissions:2016/Citations needed? Brainstorming how to get academic resources to more Wikipedians through the Visiting Scholars program

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Title
Citations needed? Brainstorming how to get academic resources to more Wikipedians through the Visiting Scholars program
Theme
GLAM
Academic Peer Review option
No
Type of submission
Workshop
Author
Jami Mathewson, Ryan McGrady
E-mail address
jami@wikiedu.org, ryan@wikiedu.org
Username
User:Jami (Wiki Ed), User:Ryan (Wiki Ed)
Affiliation
Wiki Education Foundation
Abstract

In 2015, the Wiki Education Foundation began coordinating the Wikipedia Visiting Scholars program in the United States and Canada. Piloted by The Wikipedia Library a year earlier, the program aims to match existing Wikipedia editors with the powerful resources available within the libraries at educational institutions.

Wiki Ed was excited to run this program. It gave us a way to leverage our existing connections within higher education to put resources in the hands of the people best able to take advantage of them: experienced Wikipedians. Access to paywalled content, ebooks, and special collections means fewer barriers for editors who want to produce high-quality content.

We're still enthusiastic about the impact Wikipedians can make when they have a good suite of references at their disposal, but we're finding that surprisingly few in the community share our enthusiasm enough to apply for one of our several open positions. We want to see these available resources put in the service of editors who can put them to good use on Wikipedia. That's why educational institutions agree to participate in the program, too -- to see their resources put to good use and to support the improvement of public knowledge. In this open-discussion workshop, we want to hear from the community of experienced Wikipedians: what can we do to better spread the word or make the Wikipedia Visiting Scholars Program more appealing to you?

In this discussion, we're all ears. This is an opportunity for editors to disclose their wildest dreams and let their imaginations run wild: If you had a contact at an American or Canadian university or academic institution eager to make your life as a Wikipedian easier, what would you ask of them?

Length of workshop
30 min
Special schedule requests
None
Preferred room size
10–15
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Yes

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  1. Imzadi 1979  16:23, 1 September 2016 (EDT)