Wikipedia:Meetup/NYC/Queens Library December 2013

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The Open History: Queens and Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon was held on Friday December 6, 2013 at Queens Library Central Library's Archive located in Jamaica, Queens.

The Queens Library, Wikimedia NYC, and the Metropolitan New York Library Council had an all-day Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon and public training event on Friday, December 6th at the Queens Library Central Branch. The event focused on Queens History, Queens historical figures, the Queens Library System, and the special topics covered in the Queens Archives.

Folders full of research and information about special topics in the Queens Library Archives helped us to get started writing and editing Wikipedia articles about Queens and Wikipedians on site to provided basic and advanced training on editing articles and working with images.

This event is part of Wikipedia Takes America and Wiki Loves Libraries and the Wikipedia:GLAM/QueensLibrary project.

Events of the Day[edit]

  • Event duration: 10am-7pm
  • Event location: 1st Floor Cyber Center Training Room, Queens Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11432
  • Formal Training Presentations: 10:30-11:30am, 2:00-3:00pm, Cyber Center Training Room

Important Details[edit]

Wifi Access for your laptop:

Please note, Queens Library is a separate library system from Brooklyn Public Library and New York Public Library. You must have a Queens Library card to access wifi. Queens Library cards are free for residents of New York State. For more details about obtaining a card on the day of the event, or applying for one online, follow this link: [1].

Article Candidates[edit]

1. Richard George – Beachside Bungalow Association
Research Resources at Queens Library

2. Julia Harrison – Former Queens Councilwoman
Research Resources at Queens Library

  • Finding Aid [5]
  • Finding Aid [6]
  • Digitized items from the collection [7]

3. Emil Lucev – Far Rockaway Historian
Research Resources at Queens Library

4. Frederick Johann Weber – Photographer
Research Resources at Queens Library

  • Finding Aid [8]
  • Digitized items from the collection [9]

5. Women’s Industrial Service League – Organization based in Far Rockaway
Research Resources at Queens Library

6. The Store Front Museum
Research Resources at Queens Library

7. Robert Friedrich – Local Historian
Research Resources at Queens Library

8. Eugene Armbruster – Photographer
Research Resources at Queens Library

  • Finding Aid [11]
  • Digitized items from the collection [12]

9. The Parsons Family of Murray Hill
Research Resources at Queens Library

  • Finding Aid [13]
  • Finding Aid [14]
  • Finding Aid [15]
  • Finding Aid [16]
  • Finding Aid [17]
  • Digitized items from the collection [18]

10. Ron Ziel – LIRR Historian/Photos
Research Resources at Queens Library

  • Finding Aid [19]
  • Digitized items from the collection [20]

11. Long Island Daily Press
Research Resources at Queens Library

  • Digitized items from the collection [21]

12. Sunnyside Garden Arena (boxing venue)
Research Resources at Queens Library

13. Ridgewood Park (baseball ground)

14. Jamaica Race Course

  • Books from our collection: Official Souvenir of the inaugural meeting of the Metropolitan Jockey Club [22]

Queens Library Staff On-Site[edit]

10am-noon: Erik Huber, Photograph Archivist, Queens Library

Noon-2pm: Jane Jacobs, Metadata Services, Queens Library

2pm-4pm: Ian Lewis, Manuscripts Archivist, Queens Library

4pm-6pm: Dacia Metes, Metadata Catalog Librarian, Queens Library

6pm-7pm: Natalie Milbrodt, Digital Content & Strategy Coordinator, Queens Library

Related Queens History Pages[edit]

Media/Sign Up[edit]

Metropolitan New York Library Council Announcement

Please sign up below if you are able to attend.

If you a newbie and don't know how to sign up on this page please RSVP at either of the following links:

Likely attendees[edit]

Possible attendees[edit]


  • -kosboot (talk) 16:03, 7 November 2013 (UTC) - Attending the annual ACRL/NY Symposium that day
  • I have to chair a Wolfe Pack event in Manhattan. Newyorkbrad (talk) 23:41, 2 December 2013 (UTC)
  • -ColonelHenry (talk) 02:46, 3 December 2013 (UTC) I'm not really interested in edit-a-thons. Meetups for dinner, coffee, conversation, or a game of cricket, yes. But sitting in a room in a group edit just doesn't appeal to me.--ColonelHenry (talk) 02:46, 3 December 2013 (UTC)
  • Ugh! I just came back up to NYC & LI in Mid-November 2013, and there's no way I'll be back there for at least several months. Which is too bad, because I had my eye set on some sites in Jamaica, eastern Queens, and even Brooklyn that I wanted to get pictures of. ---------User:DanTD (talk) 04:33, 3 December 2013 (UTC)
  • Blue Rasberry (talk) 14:45, 3 December 2013 (UTC)
  • I'll be in Albany that weekend. Bearian (talk) 17:04, 3 December 2013 (UTC)
  • Maybe if it has been on Saturday instead. Courcelles 22:01, 4 December 2013 (UTC)
  • Would really love to have been, but between a social engagement in the evening and the lingering transportation issues I'd have to deal with, I don't think I can make it. Daniel Case (talk) 13:57, 5 December 2013 (UTC)
  • Last eight days of the fall semester here at CUNY. — Robert Greer (talk) 15:06, 6 December 2013 (UTC)
  • Events held in the middle of weekdays make it impossible for most people with full-time jobs to attend. A fluffernutter is a sandwich! (talk) 15:52, 6 December 2013 (UTC)


Metrics Metrics gathered using Wikimetrics webtool. December 6th, 2013- February 25, 2014

  • Bytes Added: 122,281 bytes added with an average of 4,367 per person
  • Edits Made: 2,160 edits made with an average of 77 per person
  • Pages Added: 95 pages added with an average of 3. 5per person

December 6th, 2013- December 8th, 2014

  • Bytes Added: 61,726 with an average of 2,204 per person
  • Edits Made: 273 edits made with an average of 10 per person
  • Pages Added: 28 pages created with an average of 1 per person

Attendees of record[edit]