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When and Where
Event:Disrupt Wikipedia
Date:Monday, September 16, 2019
Time:2:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST
Location:Columbia University
Butler Library
Room 203
New York, NY
At the Butler Library
Panel discussion
Industrious editors

On Monday, September 16th from 2-6pm Columbia University Libraries hosted a kick off event for #DisruptWikipedia, a Wikimedia event series to introduce the skills, expertise, and enthusiasm of our community at Columbia University to public scholarship, to "disrupt" - dismantle and eliminate - and help bridge the gaps in systemic and institutional inequality and representation on Wikimedia platforms like Wikipedia, and in other free-culture, open access, open content, open-source software and open-source-software movements.[1]

The Butler Library panel featured rockstars in the Wikiverse: AfroCrowd's Alice Backer and Sherry Antoine, and OCLC's Merrilee Proffitt, moderated by Columbia's Wikimedian-In-Residence, Wikipedia Fellow and Visiting Scholar Darold Cuba. The goal was to inspire a campus-wide community to engage with Wikipedia enthusiastically, provide space and support, and to encourage them to continue to contribute after each monthly event.[2]


Wikipedia has become a reference website despite the fact that it is not a formally published resource that is paid for and edited in traditional ways. It is openly editable and updated constantly, exemplifying the phrase, “work in progress.”

The good parts: anyone can add knowledge which dismantles the elitism of our cultural biases. There are more pages created every day written by people all over the world.

But what or who are the subjects off these pages? Who is writing them? From whose perspective? And why?[3]

Want to learn more? Columbia Librarian Sophie Leveque talks about systemic problems within Wikipedia[4][5] on Columbia University School of Social Work's Social Impact LIVE.[6][7]

Event Details[edit]

  • Date: Monday, September 16, 2019
  • Time: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm EST
    • 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm panel discussion
    • 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm Edit-a-thon (including instruction for beginners!)
  • Location: 203 Butler Library
  • Subway:  to 116th Street station
  • Bus: M4, M5, M11, M104 buses
  • Wifi: There is wifi access, and we will give you the log in details on-site
  • Join us on social media:
  • Who can attend: Open to the public, all levels welcome!
  • What to bring: Bring your own laptop
  • Food: Snacks and coffee served

Sign In[edit]

Suggested Pages to Edit[edit]


Editing Resources[edit]

Editing Wikipedia[edit]

Wikipedia's Principles[edit]

Content Resources[edit]

Search CLIO for books and articles in the Columbia/Barnard Library system

Online Encyclopedias

Dictionary of the Social Sciences

Encyclopedia of American Urban History

Encyclopedia of Community

Encyclopedia of Housing

Encyclopedia of Urban Studies


For more newspaper collections follow this link.

African American Periodicals: African American periodicals, 1825-1995 enables users to search many periodicals by and about African Americans. The collection is based upon James P. Danky's African-American Newspapers and Periodicals: A National Bibliography (Harvard, 1998). Drawn from holdings of the Wisconsin Historical Society, African American Periodicals ranges over more than 150 years of American life, from slavery during the Antebellum Period to the modern era.

Alt-PressWatch: Full text database of selected newspapers, magazines, journals of the alternative and independent press. Includes titles such as Anarcho-Syndicalist Review, Chicago Reader, Dissent, Off Our Backs, Poverty and Race.

American Indian Newspapers: Presents the publications of a range of communities, with an extensive list of periodicals produced in the United States and British Columbia, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Nevada and Oklahoma, from 1828 to 2016.

Ethnic News Watch: Full text articles from newspapers and periodicals published by the ethnic, minority and native press in the U.S. Coverage is from 1960 to date.

Proquest Historical Newspapers: Full-text and full-image articles from major American newspapers: Atlanta Constitution, Baltimore Sun (1837-1985), Boston Globe, Call and Post (1934-1991), Chicago Tribune, Christian Science Monitor (1908-1997), Irish Times (1859-2009), Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Norfolk Journal and Guide (1921-2003), Philadelphia Tribune (1912-2001), San Francisco Chronicle (1865-1922), Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Scotsman (1817-1950). Every page in PDF files.

College Publication

Barnard Bulletin

Columbia Spectator Archive

  1. ^ "#DisruptWikipedia Panel and Edit-a-Thon". The Columbia School of Social Work. Retrieved 2019-10-12.
  2. ^ "Events | #DisruptWikipedia | The Heyman Center for the Humanities at Columbia University". Retrieved 2019-10-12.
  3. ^ admin (2019-09-18). "DHC Weekly 9/18- Asking more of Wikipedia". Diving into the Digital Age. Retrieved 2019-10-12.
  4. ^ Cassano, Jay (2015-01-29). "Black History Matters, So Why Is Wikipedia Missing So Much Of It?". Fast Company. Retrieved 2019-10-13.
  5. ^ "Why Don't More Latinos Contribute To Wikipedia?". Retrieved 2019-10-13.
  6. ^ Social Impact LIVE: Sophia Leveque on #DisruptWikipedia & Social Justice, retrieved 2019-10-12
  7. ^ "SOCIAL IMPACT LIVE: Sophie Leveque on Social Justice & Wikipedia". The Columbia School of Social Work. Retrieved 2019-10-12.