GLAM/Newsletter/March 2013/Contents/USA report
Chemical Heritage Foundation resident sought; editathons in D.C. and New York
Chemical Heritage Foundation seeks Wikipedian in Residence
- See job posting.
The Chemical Heritage Foundation—a non-profit repository in Philadelphia, USA with collections relating to the history and heritage of chemistry, chemical engineering, and related sciences and technologies—put out a job posting this month for a Wikipedian in Residence. The Wikipedian in Residence will work as a community coordinator and strengthen the relationship between CHF and the Wikipedian community through a range of activities, similar to past GLAM-Wiki residencies. This is a full-time, temporary position with a small stipend with an immediate opening.
The Wikipedian in Residence's potential activities includes organizing on-site events for the local Wikipedian community, adding digital content from CHF's holdings to Wikimedia Commons and Wikisource, encouraging increased content or quality of Wikipedia articles using CHF resources, teaching Wikipedia skills to the CHF staff or researcher community, and documenting their experiences in blogs, social media, or elsewhere. As of April 6, applicants are still being sought.
Women in the Arts 2013
On March 29, 2013, Sara Snyder held another editathon at the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art in honor of Women's History Month. This year, there were attendees from the National Museum of Women in the Arts and National Gallery of Art. Results were posted w:Wikipedia:Meetup/DC/Women in the Arts2013.
Brooklyn Public Library editathon
Editathon at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.
Approximately 30 Wikipedians and new editors attended the first ever GLAM-Wiki event hosted by the Historical Society of Washington on March 23. The theme of the editathon was the history of Washington, D.C., which the Historical Society has a large collection of material and several exhibits on. The event was co-sponsored by the Washingtoniana/Black Studies Division of the Martin Luther King, and the George Washington University Libraries (which will be hosting their own D.C. history editathon on April 20). The day's also activities included an introduction to editing from local Wikipedian Jim Hayes, a catered lunch, and a tour of the exhibit Window to Washington: The Kiplinger Collection at HSW by museum staff member and Wikipedian Adam Lewis. Many articles were improved or expanded, including at least two new articles: Snows Court and The Wylie Mansion.
News in brief
- On March 23–24, twenty U.S. GLAM professionals met at U.C. Berkeley for the US OpenGLAM Launch to learn about and become evangelists for openness in the cultural sector. The event was the led by Sarah Stierch, former US OpenGLAM Coordinator, and was sponsored by the OCLC, the Open Knowledge Foundation, and the University of California, Berkeley School of Information. For more, see the recap blog post by Ed Rodley.