GLAM/Newsletter/October 2014/Contents/USA report
News from Philadelphia & New York City
GLAM-Wiki New York City Update
Guggenheim Museum hosts first Edit-a-thon
The Guggenheim Museum hosted its first Edit-a-thon on Tuesday October 7th, in the Sackler Center for Arts Education auditorium and co-working rooms at the Guggenheim building. Staff from across the Museum's departments, including; library and archives, education, curatorial, architectural projects, social media, and external affairs departments made the event a truly collaborative experience for the institution, with around 35 total participants dropping in to edit and learn about Wikipedia and Museum Architecture throughout the day.
- Mir, Rebecca. "Go “Guggathon”! How We Collaboratively Edited Architecture Pages on Wikipedia." Guggenheim Museum Blog. October 17, 2014.
Pratt School of Information and Library Science Edit-a-thon
On Saturday, November 1st, Pratt School of Information and Library Science hosted its first Edit-a-thon at with the aim of adding information about important figures in the history of libraries to Wikipedia. The event was attended by around 15 members of Pratt's community, including students, faculty, and alumni. 6 new accounts were created, 73 edits to Wikipedia were made during the course of the day, and several images from Pratt's administration archives were added. Articles improved included those of Morris R. Cohen, Mary Elizabeth Wood, and Zoia Horn.
- Photographs of the event, posted on Wikimedia Commons.
Other Projects and Events
- "One Year of Wikipedia at METRO" event Celebrating the Wikipedia engagements of the Metropolitan New York Library Council, October 16,2014.
GLAM-Wiki Philadelphia Update
Kislak Center Collaboration, University of Pennsylvania
The Kislak Center at the University of Pennsylvania has initiated a monthly Wikipedia editing session at Van Pelt Library. It is organized by Dot Porter, who works with digitization in the medieval manuscript library. She has started a project page for the Kislak Center. The first session, in October, was a Q&A session with Mary Mark Ockerbloom, Wikipedian in Residence at the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Twenty people attended. The second session, in November, focused on adding images from the medieval manuscripts collection and links to finding aids for Penn's collections. Eight Penn faculty and staff attended.
Ada Lovelace Day at GLAM Café and Bryn Mawr College
Wikipedians in Philadelphia celebrated Ada Lovelace Day and Archives Month at the monthly GLAM Café at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, on October 14, and at the second Bryn Mawr Edit-a-thon at Bryn Mawr College on October 22. The Bryn Mawr event was organized by Evan McGonagill and held at the Canaday Library. Mary Mark Ockerbloom gave an introductory talk. Nineteen people attended, nine of whom had not edited before. They worked on articles about fascinating women like petrographer Florence Bascom and Ida Helen Ogilvie, who explored Popocatapetl. A new article for Elaine Surick Oran was nominated for a DYK: "Did you know... that Elaine Surick Oran's techniques for simulating dynamic fluid flows have been applied to phenomena as varied as the movements of fish and the explosions of supernovae?" Other articles were started in people's sandboxes.
- Mercado, Monica L. "Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon for Women in STEM: Resources and Results" on the Educating Women Blog. October 28, 2014.
- A very fun Storify of the Bryn Mawr Ada Lovelace 2014 Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, with lots of photos.
Jeff Guin at the Wolfsonian the Miami
Jeff Guin, who started the GLAM-wiki collaboration at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia, PA, USA is now at the Wolfsonian in Miami Beach, Florida, USA, and would like to make contact with Wikipedians in the Miami area.