GLAM/Newsletter/January 2015/Contents/USA report
Philadelphia & New York
Wikipedia in Philadelphia (and Ocean City, MD!)
GLAM Cafés for 2015
Philadelphia's GLAM Cafés, for Wikipedians and others interested in digital humanities and GLAM, are continuing in 2015 on a rotating basis at the University of Pennsylvania, the Library Company, Temple University, and the Chemical Heritage Foundation. The schedule indicates where and when events will occur. Come to the next meeting, on Tuesday February 10 at Van Pelt Library, University of Pennsylvania, and edit articles about small museums! In March, bring your favorite #ArtAndFeminism project.
Wiki Loves Small Museums
On Sunday, February 15, 2015, Wikipedians from Philadelphia, D.C., New York and Delaware will converge on the Small Museum Association (SMA) Conference in Ocean City, MD, for the Wiki Loves Small Museums Workshop at the Small Museum Association Conference. After an introduction by Wikipedian Abram Fox, volunteers with scanners, computers and flash sticks will upload images brought by attendees. Mary Mark Ockerbloom, Wikipedian in Residence at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, has organized the event, and worked with the OTRS noticeboard to develop procedures for uploading to "Wiki Loves Small Museums 2015" on Wikimedia Commons. We would like to thank Wikimedia D.C. for their support of volunteers at this event. If you can't come to Ocean City, you can still upload images you've taken of your own local small museums, and improve or create pages about Small Museum attendees.
Planning is underway at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia for an #ArtAndFeminism event, tentatively scheduled for Saturday, February 28, 2015. Watch the Philadelphia Meetup listings for more information. Last year's event at UArts was wonderful: organizers and library staff did a terrific job of keeping everyone supplied with resources.
January New York City Wikipedia Update
#Black Lives Matter Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
See: Wikipedia:Black WikiHistory Month
On Saturday February 7th, a #BlackLivesMatter Wikipedia Edit-a-thon was held at the NYPL Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem with the purpose of adding Black History into Wikipedia. Other #BlackLivesMatter Wikipedia Edit-a-thons were also held at SUNY Purchase College Library, and the Nashville Public Library, with two other events being planned in D.C. for the Month of March at Howard University and at the NPR headquarters. The Schomburg’s event in New York was co-hosted with: The New York Public Library, the Metropolitan New York Library Council, Wireless Harlem, and the West Harlem Art Fund. On the day of, a training for beginners was held early in the day, followed by about five hours of group editing, and a concluding reception for attendees. Attendance reached over 50 people, with about 1/3 of this number being experienced Wikipedians that had volunteered to help out and floated around the room offering support. Articles created on that day include: Eliza Healy, Harlem Book Fair, Lawrence Benjamin Brown, and Greater Bethel AME Church (Harlem). This event also generated a buzz, with significant press coverage, including the following:
- Cassano, Jay. "Black History Matters so why is Wikipedia Missing so Much of it." FastCompany. January 29, 2015.
- Solis, Gustavo. "Schomburg Center Hosts Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon for Articles on Black Culture." DNAInfo. January 30, 2015.
- Gebreyes, Rahel. "Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon Reinforces The Value Of Digitizing Black History," Huffington Post Blackvoices. February 2, 2015.
- Lewis, Taylor. "Wikipedia Is Getting a Lesson in Black History." Essence.com
- Mccalister, Jared. "BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2015 : New York celebrates African-American culture and heritage with an abundance of events." NYDaily News. February 05, 2015.
- Murphy, Carla. Can ‘Black Wikipedia’ Take Off Like ‘Black Twitter’?. Colorlines. February 14, 2015.
The same weekend, another Black History Month Wikipedia events took place in Brooklyn, with AfroCROWD (Afro Free Culture Crowdsourcing Wikimedia) Kickoff Edit-a-thons on Saturday February 7th and Sunday February 8th. The event was staffed by members of Wikimedia NYC.
The Art+Feminism Campaign, based in New York, is gearing up for its main coordinated effort on the weekend of International Women's Day, March 7th and March 8th. In New York, at least two events are being planned, which include the Main event at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Education and Research Building at the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, and a simultaneous event at the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum. For more information about the campaign, and its some 36 satellite events, see:Art+Feminism Campaign.
Metropolitan New York Library Council
METRO's part-time, Wikipedian-in-Residence, Dorothy Howard completed her 6-month WMF PEG Grant on January 12th: Grants:PEG/Metro/Institutional Growth and Community Fellow. She will be back down to a 2-day schedule at METRO and will continue working in an outreach and support capacity to New York libraries, archives, and other institutions interested in partnering with Wikipedia.
- On January 12, 2015, METRO hosted its final Pt. 3/3 webcast "Reference and Citation on Wikipedia," with guests Jake Orlowitz of the Wikipedia Library; Max Klein of WikiProject Open Acess; and Andy Mabbett of ORCID.