Katherine Maher gave a keynote talk "Building for the future of free knowledge", at 2017 OCLC Americas Regional Council Meeting, followed by a panel discussion, "Leveraging Wikipedia"
Emerging Technologies Edit-a-thon
Ohio Wikimedians User Group, and NIOSH held an meetup, Wikipedia:Meetup/Cincinnati/NIOSH 2017.
US Historic Sites Edit-a-thon
Wikimedia DC and National Trust for Historic Preservation held a meetup, US Historic Sites Edit-a-thon
Hispanic Heritage Month Edit-a-thon
Wikimedia DC and National Archives and Records Administration held a meetup, Hispanic Heritage Month Edit-a-thon
OCLC's Wikipedia + Libraries online training program in October
Library staff have continued in the nine-week OCLC Wikipedia + Libraries online training program. In October, course materials and exercises discussed how to use Wikipedia in community outreach efforts and programming. There were two 90-minute live online sessions, each featured guest presentations (the WebJunction newsletter provides a more thorough description of the guest presentations here):
- On Oct. 11, Kerry Raymond and Jacinta Sutton presented about Wikipedia for staff development at the State Library of Queensland in Queensland, Australia with the #1lib1ref campaign and a Wikipedia club for staff called the QWiki club.
- On Oct. 25, Rajene Hardeman and Sherry Antoine presented about the AfroCROWD model of community engagement. They described the ways that AfroCROWD meets the need of the diversity of newcomers to Wikipedia from the Afro-heritage community, with Rajene providing insight into the benefits of AfroCROWD's model from a librarian's perspective.
Course participants annotate a slide on Oct. 25 during a live online session
Between sessions, the Wikipedia + Libraries course participants began to edit Wikipedia articles. To date, participants have added links, verified claims with citations, and written or copy-edited text on more than 420 Wikipedia articles — totaling more than 4,000 edits.
Course participants are now formulating a plan of action for their libraries. The course ends on Nov. 15. More updates next month.
Snaps to Wikipedia guides
Wikipedians continue to participate in the course as virtual, remote guides to the new learners, much deserved recognition goes out to (in alphabetical order) Avery Jensen, Alexandre Hocquet (new this month!), Gamaliel, JacintaJS, Jackie Koerner, Kerry Raymond, Librarygurl, Megalibrarygirl, Megs, Merrilee, PersnicketyPaul, Rachelwex, slowking4, Sodapopinski7, Vizzylane.
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