Celebrate National Library Week by contributing to Wikipedia articles pertinent to our local community. An introduction to editing Wikipedia followed by an edit-a-thon to improve New Orleans related articles with a focus on using library resources to source articles.
- WHEN: Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 10 am - 2 pm CST (time not firm yet +/- 1hr)
- WHERE: Room 318 (3rd floor) of the Earl K. Long Library, University of New Orleans (map) Paid parking is available in the visitors lot to the west of the building. Please write ahead if you need a visitor's parking pass.
- UNO faculty, staff, students, and interested community members.
- Experienced or new Wikipedia Editors
- Amateur historians or research pros
- WHAT TO BRING:
- Laptops (optional) -- guest access to WiFi will be provided for community members.
- Topic ideas or articles you might want to work on (Optional)
- Any relevant reference materials or digital photos to incorporate into Wikipedia (Optional)
- Social media links: TBD
There are ways to participate remotely! We'll be updating the topic list in real time, with editors signing next to articles they're working on, so anyone with a Wikipedia account can log on and do the same. We'll be available during the event for comments and questions on library chat. You also can direct message us with reference questions. We welcome remote participants, and hope these options will allow you to participate!
- Articles of local interest for UNO Neighborhoods
- Milneburg & Alexander Milne (entrepreneur)
- Gentilly, New Orleans & Gentilly Terrace, New Orleans
- Lakeview, New Orleans
- Marian shrine of Lavang New Orleans -- Vietnamese Catholic Church near the University
- Neighborhood Catholic Churches listed here: Template:Archdiocese_of_New_Orleans
- Pontchartrain Railroad
- Elysian Fields Avenue
- Schools in New Orleans, Louisiana
- Public high schools in New Orleans
- Add your own topics
Articles improves and created
- Jonas French expanded with information from two sources
- Camp Leroy Johnson Minor improvements
- Abraham Shushan made a stub
- LeBeau Plantation created and sourced article
- Carl Weiss added full text sources
- Bemjamin Butler added full text sources
- Subjects/Donors of Special Collections in the Earl K. Long Library
- Joseph Logsdon UNO History Professor involved with the re-discovery of 12 years a Slave
- Abe Shushan an important political figure in Louisiana during the 1920s and 1930s.
- Rene Grandjean (http://library.uno.edu/specialcollections/inventories/085.htm) -- Library is getting ready to digitize quite a few of this gentleman’s séance registers. He was an interesting character, but I don’t think he has a Wikipedia entry. There IS a René Grandjean in Wikipedia, but I don't think this is the same person.
- Vieux Carré Property Owners, Residents & Associates (UNO collection at http://library.uno.edu/specialcollections/inventories/247.htm) There is already a very limited entry on this group I don’t know if it could be expanded with more information from our collection’s finding aid or not. At the very least, someone could add a link back to the finding aid. I have only done this for digital collections. I haven’t done it for physical ones.
- New Orleans Geological Society (http://library.uno.edu/specialcollections/inventories/305.htm) Doesn’t seem to have anything in Wikipedia. Sounds like it probably should.
- More collections here (http://library.uno.edu/specialcollections/inventories/)
- Add your own topics
- Update Maps and Photographs
- Scan public domain images to illustrate articles
- Find more ideas
- Lots on this list: Go through the list of collections at http://library.uno.edu/specialcollections/lacol_findingaids.cfm and see what’s missing from Wikipedia.
- Category:New Orleans stubs
- Add your own topic lists
Resources and Help
- Related Wikimedia projects