Wikipedia:GLAM/Metropolitan New York Library Council
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Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) is a consortium of libraries and archives in New York, so the focus will be talking to member institutions, holding trainings and educational events, and promoting the inclusion of Wikipedia editing into daily workflow activities.
Barnard and Columbia University “Hack the Canon,” Adding Women’s History to Wikipedia
Both events were organized as part of WikiWomen’s History Month with Wikipedia’s well-known gender gaps in mind. Wikipedia reported in 2011 that 14% of editors are women and that the coverage of history is skewed male on the site, an issue these events aim to resolve.
Barnard’s event on March 1st was part of a larger, virtual 7 Sisters Colleges Edit-a-Thon, organized in part by METRO. Participating libraries included Bryn Mawr College in PA, Mount Holyoke College in MA, Radcliffe Institute in MA, and Smith College in MA. At Barnard, organizer Megan Wacha reported that over half of the about 17 attendees were first-time editors. Articles created included entries on Millicent Carey McIntosh, Jean Blackwell Hutson, and Thulani Davis.
On Tuesday March 18th Columbia University Libraries/Information Services Studio@Butler hosted a node of the Global Women Wikipedia Write-In, part of the ongoing Rewriting Wikipedia Project. The event aimed to add Wikipedia articles on women from around the world and to improve existing entries on relevant topics. Columbia Librarian Leyla Williams and collaborators drew about 30 students, faculty, librarians, retired professors, and members of the public to the event to contribute their knowledge. Many participants worked on articles related to historical subjects they taught and researched relating to women’s history.
In related events on March 18, Roopika Risam and Adeline Koh, organizers of the Global Women Wikipedia Write-In, held their own local node at Emory University, as did a group at Texas State University. Articles created at these events included entries on Chesya Bruke, Lauren Cornell,and Lucy Stanton. Both Barnard and Columbia are expected engage to Wikipedia projects and other open access initiatives in the future. Stay tuned for more.
Józef Piłsudski Institute of America Begins Wikipedia Project
This February, the Józef Piłsudski Institute of America has begun an exciting GLAM-Wikipedia Project. The Institute has recently created a volunteer Wikipedian-in-Residence position, which will be filled by Piotr Puchalski.
The Institute has already begun a large scale image donation project - publishing over 500 scans of letters, documents, and personal papers from their archives onto Wikimedia Commons, and plans to upload several thousand more documents and some photographs in the coming months. Piotr and others at the Institute will be editing Wikipedia articles in both English and Polish. We look forward to seeing their work progress..
Pages Added for our Propose-an-Article Project
Three articles were added as a result of collaborations between METRO and the Frick Art Reference Library and Frick Collection for METRO's Propose a Wikipedia Article Project. Submission is still open. Contact us if you're interested!
International Success: Art + Feminism Edit-a-Thon at Eyebeam Art and Technology Center and 30 other Satellite Locations
The complete outcomes of all satellite events are being aggregated on a follow-up pages:
Help Us fill in the Pages for New York Library Branch Libraries
The Wikipedia pages for New York Public Library Branch Libraries, Brooklyn Public Library Branch Libraries, and Queens Library Branch Libraries need your help.
Use these lists to help fill in missing pictures and add to the documentation of the library systems
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