Thanks to everyone who organized, hosted and attended events! Most events did not have a specific focus for editing. However, the Philadelphia Museum of Art event highlighted women watercolorists from their current show American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent. The associated published book is a terrific resource containing lots of research about women artists and their works. Kathleen Foster, the curator of the show, attended the edit-a-thon. A teacher from Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) who is using Wikipedia in her class also brought her class to PMA. It was a day-long event, where a number of new articles were created.
We advertised upcoming edit-a-thons at events throughout Women's History Month. We also announced a new WikiSalon, an open editing and coaching session which will occur on the second Saturday of each month, at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, from 1-3 p.m. The first WikiSalon with be on Saturday, April 8, 2017. We encourage editors to bring their Art And Feminism articles, or other topics of interest, to the WikiSalon for further help, feedback, and mutual enthusiasm.
Wikipedia + Libraries: Better Together Update
This is an update about Wikipedia + Libraries: Better Together, a project focused on the "L" in GLAM! Wikipedia + Libraries is a 16-month project to bring together Wikipedia and public libraries in the U.S. The most recent news is that Monika Sengul-Jones (me!) has joined OCLC as the Wikipedian-in-Residence. I'm working with the WebJunction team to design and deliver an online training program for hundreds of U.S. public library staff to learn about Wikipedia and what it can bring to their libraries and patrons. I'm also in the position to build connections/facilitate communication between public libraries and Wikipedians/Wikimedians. In the next few months, we're doing an awareness building campaign that will highlight the positive impact that Wikipedia engagement has brought to public libraries already. I'd love to hear from public library staff about their experiences with Wikipedia/Wikimedia. Read the grant page timeline and/or the WebJunction project page and news feed for future updates and to learn more about the project.