Alexis Seeley & Megan Wacha present at LITA Forum

Associate Dean Alexis Seeley and Performing Arts Librarian Megan Wacha have offered multiple edit-a-thons at the Barnard Library to encourage the representation of women, both in the make-up of its editors and the content of its articles, and will present on that work at the 2013 (Library and Information Technology Association) LITA Forum in Lexington, Kentucky:

Wikipedia as a Site to Publish and Promote Patrons

From the Wikipedia Loves Libraries campaign to the hiring of an OCLC Wikipedian-in-Residence, libraries are embracing the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit. These programs support open culture, promote discoverability of unique collections, and strengthen relationships with patrons in the virtual and physical worlds. This session details an initiative that uses Wikipedia for two additional aims. First, to collaborate with outside departments to make underrepresented groups more visible on Wikipedia, both in the content of its articles and its community of editors. Second, to use Wikipedia edit-a-thons as a means to empower users as both consumers and producers of knowledge.


Seeley & Wacha presenting a related talk at NYU