Wikipedia:Meetup/Countway OAMass13

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The Center for the History of Medicine
in the Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine will host a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Tuesday, October 22, from 9-2.

When: Tuesday, October 22, 9am-2pm

Where: Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, 10 Shattuck St, Boston. Fourth floor, room 423.

Focus: History of the study and practice of medicine
This edit-a-thon is part of Open Access to Massachusetts History 2013

Event Details[edit]

About Us[edit]

The Center for the History of Medicine is one of the world’s leading collections in the history of health care and medicine, attracting researchers from around the world to consult its rare books and journals, archives and manuscripts, photographs and prints, and art and artifact collections. The history of medicine plays a critical role in informing contemporary medicine, at the same time that it informs our understanding of the larger society within which medicine is embedded.

The Center oversees the Rare Books and Special Collections of the Countway and also administers the archives of the Harvard Medical School, and the Schools of Dental Medicine and Public Health, and oversees a records management program. In addition, the Center houses an extensive collection of prints and photographs, works of fine art, and medical artifacts, and has responsibility for the collections of the Warren Anatomical Museum (website) and the Archives for Women in Medicine.


8:45am: Coffee and check-in
9:00am: Orientation and Wiki training (Adam Hyland)
9:30am: Edit-a-thon!
11:30am: Tour of the Center for the History of Medicine featuring collection highlights, with Jack Eckert, Public Services Librarian
12:00pm: Lunch
1:30pm: Debriefing and wrap-up
2:00pm: Tour of the Warren Anatomical Museum with Dominic Hall, Curator

Participants are welcome to attend for as much or as little of the day as they can. Orientation attendance is highly encouraged, particularly for new Wikipedians.


  • Building Access: Please check in with Security at the library entrance and follow signage to the the 4th floor, room 423. Directions to the Countway
  • Twitter:#OAMass13
  • WiFi: Wireless internet access will be available
  • What to Bring: Attendees should bring their own laptops and power cords. Lunch and beverages will be provided.
  • Contact the organizers: If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact the Head, Collections Services
    For information and assistance on the day of the event, call the Center's help desk at 617.432.2170

Sign Up and Guest List[edit]


Please contact the Head, Collections Services if you would like to participate in this event.

Registered participants are encouraged to introduce themselves here:

  • A'Llyn Ettien: Head of Technical Services, Boston University, Alumni Medical Library
  • Adam Hyland: Developer, Bocoup LLC
  • Merlyn Liberty: Librarian, Dyer Memorial Library
  • Jeehae Park: Postdoctoral fellow in Systems Biology Department of HMS
  • Joann Schulte, DO, MPH: Editorial Fellow, New England Journal of Medicine
  • Richard Rosen: Simmons Graduate School of Library & Information Science visiting student
  • Susan Skoog: Student, Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science
  • Andy Zimolzak:

Participating Remotely[edit]


  • I am really interested in promoting health content on Wikipedia. I live in NYC - should I attend this? Not sure right now. Who is the Wikipedian organizing this? Please contact me. I could present on Wikipedia and health at this if there were people committed to attending. Blue Rasberry (talk) 18:37, 2 October 2013 (UTC)


Suggested Topics[edit]





Topical Resources[edit]

Electronic and paper files will be provided to participants on the day of the event.

Wikipedia Help[edit]

These are just to get you started -- feel free to add to this list.


Check back here after the event to see what our participants have accomplished!

New articles created[edit]

Articles expanded or improved[edit]

Articles on hold for Wikipedia review[edit]

Articles awaiting publication[edit]

Event Photos[edit]

This edit-a-thon is part of Open Access to Mass History, a planned series of edit-a-thons during Open Access Week; if you can't make this event, please see the main schedule for more opportunities.