The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide on Russell Square in London, United Kingdom, is hosting a Wikipedian in residence from 1 March 2016 to 1 March 2017. The main responsibilities of the WIR will be to:
- Teach the staff how to create and edit Wikipedia articles.
- Conduct themed workshops to teach the library volunteers how to create and edit Wikipedia articles.
- Teach one-on-one tutorials for members of the public, encourage them to join the library and edit Wikipedia articles by using the library collections.
- Undertake research in the library special collections to add sources to relevant articles.
- Upload pictures from the library special collections.
The first workshop took place in April 2016. Each attendee created a new account and edited articles related to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, to coincide with the start of the uprising on 19 April 1943.
As of July 2016, roughly 50 one-on-one tutorials have been conducted.
In November 2016, I led the inaugural edit-a-thon at the Wiener Library. It was attended by 20 members of the public, from 10am to 5pm.
To contact me, please e-mail me at WienerLibraryWIR at gmail dot com.