Submissions:2023/Building Wikimedia support at the University of Toronto: A five-year retrospective
- Building Wikimedia support at the University of Toronto: A five-year retrospective
- Recent Changes, Community Initiatives, Education, Equity / Inclusion / Community Health, GLAM / Heritage / Culture
Type of session:
I have supported Wikimedia projects (mostly focused on Wikipedia and Wikidata) at the University of Toronto (U of T) Libraries since 2018, first as Wikipedian-in-Residence (2018-19), then as Open Knowledge Specialist with Wikimedian duties as explicit part of my responsibilities.
My activities at U of T include Wikipedia/Wikidata-based discovery work on collections, Wikipedia template contributions, advanced classroom assignments and faculty/staff bootcamps, and annual edit-a-thons. Collaborators have included librarians, staff, and students from across U of T's three campuses and numerous colleges, as well as peer institutions, public libraries, and local community organisations.
The proposed presentation will offer a high-level, five-year retrospective on the following:
- background and priorities informing work
- key activities undertaken and why
- limits to Wikimedia engagement
For community Wikimedians, this presentation may offer a view of how various activities at an academic library can enrich our information and communities. For attendees in the GLAM sector, this retrospective may offer informed considerations on institutional Wikimedia engagement.
- University of Toronto Libraries
- up to 60min
- Masks required of all attendees; ventilation maximised
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)