Submissions:2023/Building Wikimedia support at the University of Toronto: A five-year retrospective

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This submission has been accepted for WikiConference North America 2023.


Building Wikimedia support at the University of Toronto: A five-year retrospective


Recent Changes, Community Initiatives, Education, Equity / Inclusion / Community Health, GLAM / Heritage / Culture

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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 (2020-23).

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.

I am currently taking leave from U of T Libraries and will be presenting as an independent Wikimedian for the purposes of this conference.

Slides are here.

Author name:

Alex Jiyun Jung

E-mail address:

Wikimedia username:


Affiliated organization(s):

none for the conference

Estimated time:

up to 60min

Special requests:

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)