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GLAM/US/Bookshelf
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State of GLAM in the US
State of GLAM in the US
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Presented at Wikimania 2012 in Washington DC. Describes the State of GLAM-Wiki collaboration in the US, and the work carried out as US Cultural Partnerships Coordinator. Also includes recommendations for the forthcoming months leading to 2013.

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  • I’m Lori Phillips and throughout 2012 I have been serving as the US Cultural Partnerships Coordinator for the Wikimedia Foundation.Today I’ll be sharing about how far GLAM has come in the US over the past two years, What we’ve accomplished so far in 2012,And goals for the GLAM: US community moving forward.In other words, I’ll be talking about Then, Now, and Beyond.
  • Let’s start off with how we got where we are today.Two years ago, Wikipedia would not have been considered a core part of any cultural institution’s mission. Most didn’t really take GLAM-Wikimedia collaboration seriously until institutions like the British Museum and the Smithsonian began to legitimize the concept. In the spring of 2011 we held our first GLAMcamp in New York City.GLAMcamps have become a valuable event where Wikipedians involved in GLAM develop tools, documentation, and broad strategy for outreach. This first GLAMcamp really helped to organize the global GLAM community, and it came at a perfect time. It was about a year after Liam’s initial residency at the British Museum, and things were about to really take off in the US with Dominic McDevitt-Parks’ residency at the US National Archives, and Sarah Stierch’s residency at the Smithsonian.
  • As that summer began, we all began to receive a surprising amount of press surrounding our residencies. This wasn’t something we expected, but we went with it.The National Archives had stories in the Huffington Post and the Atlantic, and many other publications.
  • Just for some more quick examples: Sarah Stierch was featured in the Chronicle of Philanthropy and elsewhere.
  • Richard received coverage for his Edit-a-Thon at the New York Public Library with both the American Libraries Association and the New York Times. There was also a story on a British Library edit-a-thon in The New Yorker.
  • And around the same time as GLAMcamp New York I had the opportunity to write a blog post for the Center for the Future of Museums, an arm of the respected American Association of Museums. This eventually led me to write a version of this post for the printed AAM Museum magazine, which was printed in September. All of these opportunities led to a lot of interest in GLAM in the US, but we still weren’t necessarily mainstream.
  • Last June, this tweet came from the Center for the Future of Museums.“Wikipedian in Residence: Trend or Fad?” It was in reaction to Dominic’s press for his residency at the Archives, and I would say that this sums up the general feelings that the US cultural sector had about GLAM at that time. I don’t think I’ve ever been at once so excited and so frustrated by a tweet! But it led me to become even more determined to prove that GLAM was sticking around.
  • And wouldn’t you know? Less than a year later, the Wikipedian in Residence model was included in the inaugural Center for the Future of Museums TrendsWatch report. Not a fad. A trend.
  • By this past December, we had many museums get started with partnerships and many more who were interested in getting started. This list is not intended to be able to be read, but to illustrate the scope of what we were trying to support. The larger names are those who had completed long-term projects or who had Wikipedians in Residence.The smaller names are those who were in the pipeline, asking for help and wanting to get started.It was at this time that I began my position as US Cultural Partnerships Coordinator.
  • The goals of my coordinator position have focused on three main areas:Continuing support and outreach for GLAM professionals through documentation, publications and presentations.Bringing together the GLAM-Wiki US Community to connect with each other and to more easily support GLAMs.And connecting the GLAM-Wiki US Community and GLAM professionals in a new, self-sufficient professional network that will help GLAM become sustainable in the US.
  • One of our main outreach efforts was at the American Association of Museums, who invited us to present about GLAM in the Panel, “Wikipedia and the Museum: Lessons from Wikipedians in Residence.”The fact that they invited us was a major coup, as it’s the largest museum conference in the US with around 4,000 attendees. Of the 150 sessions at the conference, we were also chosen to be one of 10 in the online conference, where we reached even more people.The AAM conference becamea major turning point for the GLAM movement. This was the first time that it became clear that museums were embracing Wikipedia as a serious tool for furthering their missions. We went in expecting to do a lot of convincing – but no one needed to know “why.” They all just wanted to know “how.”This quote comes from a recap written by a museum blogger who attended our session. It was an entire post about why museums should embrace Wikipedia.AAM was also the start of our cooperation with The Getty. Our contact there told me that our presence at AAM was what changed the minds of her colleagues who previously hadn’t taken GLAM seriously.
  • Following AAM, this idea that GLAM had finally “made it” continued at MuseumNext, an international museum technology conference.Nancy Proctor, Head of Mobile Strategy at the Smithsonian, framed her keynote around Wikipedia, pointing to it as an ideal example of a distributed community of experts and engaged contributors.In fact, three of the four keynotes included Wikipedia as an example, as well as many other sessions. MuseumNext was the first time that I had seen GLAM professionals telling each other, repeatedly, that Wikipedia was useful, relevant, and worth pursuing. Once again, it wasn’t about the “why” anymore, it was about the “how.”
  • Because museums are my background, I’ve been focusing on outreach in this area, but that doesn’t mean that archives and libraries haven’t been in the mix. Dominic and the staff at the US National Archives have been doing their own outreach, including the Archivist of the United States himself, who you’ll have a chance to hear in Saturday’s closing keynote.The National Archives’ outspoken support for GLAM has been extremely important within the US. And this was made even more explicit when Wikimedia wasrepeatedly mentioned in the National Archives' recently released Open Government Plan for 2012-14.
  • Libraries have also come into their own over the past two years, especially with the successful Wiki Loves Libraries campaign last fall, which will be replicated again this year.When I began my position with the foundation, I was eager to see more of the “L in GLAM” in our Outreach efforts. In addition to Wiki Loves Libraries and other Edit-a-Thons throughout the US, the Online Computer Library Center, or OCLC started a Wikipedian in Residence project this spring. – A huge step for GLAM-library collaboration.Both Max Klein, the OCLC’s Wikipedian in Residence, and MerrileeProffitt, Program Officer for OCLC, are here at Wikimania. Please find them to learn more about OCLC’s Wikimedia cooperation.
  • So what was the result of all of this outreach? Well, just to remind you – this was what our list of institutions looked like in December, about six months ago.
  • And this is what it looks like today, after our abundance of outreach in the past months.But outreach isn’t useful unless we can follow through in an effective way. It’s amazing that we have reached a point where GLAM is respected among cultural organizations, but we have an interesting problem in that we don’t have enough Wikipedians to support the many GLAMs who are interested.That brings me to my other goal for GLAM-Wiki US…
  • … Bringing together the GLAM-Wiki US Community to connect with each other and to more easily support GLAMs.We began this process at GLAMcamp DC in February, where we brought together around 30 Wikipedians and cultural professionals at the National Archives to establish a system for GLAMs to more easily connect with Wikipedians.
  • This system came in the form of the GLAM/US Portal, a space on the English Wikipedia within the GLAM WikiProject. The goal of this space is to allow GLAM professionals to be more self-sufficient in finding information about GLAM and finding resources get started with a partnership.This space will link you out to the case studies that are compiled on the global glamwiki page, but it is also unique in its method to connect GLAMs with individual Wikimedians.It includes a Connect page, a Contribute page, and the GLAM Bookshelf.
  • The GLAM/Connect page has lists of Wikimedians that GLAM professionals can reach out to, including both outreach volunteers and online volunteers.There is also a list of cultural professionals who have already carried out partnerships and are willing to answer questions.An idea that came out of GLAMcamp was to create Connect pages for each state. This is the example for Indiana. Each one has local contacts, WikiProjects related to that state or region, and links to local Campus Ambassadors.
  • The GLAM: Contribute page walks GLAM professionals through the process of considering what project is right for them, finding resources, and connecting with a Wikipedian. The style is inspired by the user-friendly guide created by the WikiAfrica:Share Your Knowledge program.
  • The GLAM: Bookshelf lists powerpoints, handouts, and project plans that the GLAM community has created.One of the first things a GLAM professional will want to do is find materials for convincing the rest of their staff that they should start a project. This is a one-stop-shop for those resources.Included on the Bookshelf is the GLAM One-Pager, which was created by a team at GLAMcamp DC and has been used successfully at conferences and in organizations all over the US. There is a museums and an archives version of the One-Pager, and hopefully a libraries version soon. We hope to have an unconference session where the file can be moved to an open space so it can be more easily translated and updated.
  • But what’s next for GLAM-Wiki US?While we’ve come far in organizing the GLAM:US community, we’re still far from the point where we have a specific Wikimedian supporting every interested cultural institution.We are always in need of more online and outreach volunteers. If you’re interested in helping with GLAM projects in the US, please add yourself to the GLAM:Connect page.
  • For the rest of 2012, the focus will be on making GLAM self-sustaining in the US beginning in 2013.We’re at a point where GLAM professionals themselves are becoming highly experienced in Wikimedia partnerships. Support for new GLAMs doesn’t have to fall on a small group of Wikipedians. GLAMs can now help GLAMs.What we need is a centralized space where GLAM professionals and Wikipedians can come together to discuss ideas, share resources, and generally support one another.We aim to do this by establishing the GLAM-Wiki US Consortium, which will begin as an informal professional network. The goal is to become a more formal entity, perhaps a non-profit, in another year or so. For now, the focus is on creating a useful and efficient platform for GLAM professionals and Wikipedians. It’s important that GLAM professionals take ownership of this group equally alongside Wikipedians. For the next two months, we will all discuss what infrastructure will work best. Please do join the conversation on the GLAM:US portal.
  • I also have high hopes for collaboration with the Wikipedia Education Program.There is a lot of potential in bringing together the enthusiastic students from the Education Program with the volunteer opportunities created by our GLAM partnerships. As the two groups reorganize over this next year, we should be brainstorming ways to work together in a more systematic way.
  • After this year, what I really hope to see are GLAMs feeling empowered and supported enough to do big things through Wikimedia partnerships. We’ve come far, but we still have a long way to go. In the future, I hope to see more institutions stepping out like the Indiana Historical Society, who believe a long-term Wikimedia partnership to be so important, that their Director of Education changed positions to be their “Wikipedia and Research Editor.” Elaine is serving as the Historical Society’s Wikipedian in Residence and has been working hard to get an ongoing partnership off on the right foot. That’s really what we want, are for the experts in cultural institutions to become a part of the Wikipedia community. Not just be on the sidelines. And we’re getting there.
  • And that’s the state of GLAM in the US!I’d love to hear your thoughts and ideas, so feel free to find me this weekend and share what’s on your mind. Thanks so much.
  • Transcript of "State of GLAM in the US"

    1. 1. Lori Byrd Phillips | Wikimania 2012 state of in the US @HstryQT [[User:LoriLee]] lori@wikimedia.org
    2. 2. GLAMcamp New York | Spring 2011
    3. 3. “Museums & Wikipedia: The Future of Collaboration & Accessibility” American Association of Museums
    4. 4. Center for the Future of Museums June 2011
    5. 5. March 2012
    6. 6. Smithsonian Institution Libraries National Museum of Natural HistoryThe Children’s Museum Air & Space Museum National Delaware Art Museum Denver Art Museum of Indianapolis History Museum of Los AngelesYork Public Library Natural New The Brooklyn Museum Metropolitan Museum of Art National Archives and Cincinnati Museum CenterThe Walters Art Museum Record Administration Birmingham Museum of Art The Field Museum Shedd Aquarium Atlanta-Fulton Central Library Archives of American The Henry Ford Art Chemical Heritage Foundation Balboa Park Online Collaborative Chippewa Nature Center Museum of Modern Smart Museum of Art Indiana Historical Society ArtThe Kress Foundation Indianapolis Museum of Art Frye Art Museum Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Minnesota Historical Society Indiana Historical Bureau
    7. 7. US Cultural Partnerships Coordinator Connect Outreach SustainabilityGOALS
    8. 8. “The GLAM initiative is a prime exampleof how Wikipedia and user-generated content continues to move front and centeras a mainline information resource.” -Robert ConnollyAmerican Association of Museums | Minneapolis
    9. 9. “The Smithsonian as a Wikipedia of the physical world.” - Nancy Proctor MuseumNext 2012 | Barcelona
    10. 10. "Our work with Wikipediais changing the way we think about our work.” – David Ferriero
    11. 11. “I was delighted to find that Wikipedia had an initiativethat is so closely linked to the mission of libraries & cultural heritage institutions everywhere.” - Merrilee Proffitt cc by-sa 3.0, , Undead q
    12. 12. Smithsonian Institution Libraries National Museum of Natural HistoryThe Children’s Museum Air & Space Museum National Delaware Art Museum Denver Art Museum of Indianapolis History Museum of Los AngelesYork Public Library Natural New The Brooklyn Museum Metropolitan Museum of Art National Archives and Cincinnati Museum CenterThe Walters Art Museum Record Administration Birmingham Museum of Art The Field Museum Shedd Aquarium Atlanta-Fulton Central Library Archives of American The Henry Ford Art Chemical Heritage Foundation Balboa Park Online Collaborative Chippewa Nature Center Museum of Modern Smart Museum of Art Indiana Historical Society ArtThe Kress Foundation Indianapolis Museum of Art Frye Art Museum Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Minnesota Historical Society Indiana Historical Bureau
    13. 13. Indiana Historical Bureau The Walker National Museum Natural History Natural History Museum of LA Delaware Art Museum Minnetrista National Air & Space Museum The Children’s Museum of Computer History Museum Denver Art Museum Oakland Museum of California Indianapolis OCLC The Met City of Riverside Smithsonian Institution Archives Cincinnati Museum Center Erie Art Museum Indiana Historical National Archives at Smithsonian American Art Birmingham Museum of Art The Henry Ford Society Kansas City The Field Museum Clark Atlanta University New York Public Library Shedd Aquarium Carnegie Mellon University The Brooklyn Museum Museum of Motherhood Nasher Museum of Art Archives of American Art Maryland Humanities Council LACMA St. Augustine 450th Atlanta-Fulton Central Library Museum National WWII ʻImiloa AstronomyCenterBiodiversity Heritage Library The Henry FordBoard of Broadcasting Governors Chemical Heritage Foundation National Building Museum National Archives and Balboa Park National Gallery of Art Johns Hopkins Museum StudiesRecord Administration Chippewa Nature Center Quincy Art Center Smart Museum of Art Center for History & New Media MoMA The Walters Art Museum Indiana State Museum Women’s Museum Indianapolis MuseumEncyclopedia of Life of Art Dallas Museum of Art Arizona Women’s Heritage Trail Art Institute of Chicago Toledo Museum of Art National Archives at BostonNational Museum of the American Minneapolis Institute of Arts Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Frye Art Museum Indian The Getty Minnesota Historical Society Mudd Manuscript Library, Princeton
    14. 14. GLAMcamp DC | February 2012
    15. 15. us.glamwiki.org (or) WP:GLAM/US
    16. 16. WP:GLAM/US/Connect
    17. 17. WP:GLAM/US/Contribute
    18. 18. GLAM/US/Bookshelf
    19. 19. WP:GLAM/US/Connect
    20. 20. GLAM-Wiki US ConsortiumWP:GLAM/US/Consortium
    21. 21. Wikipedia Education Program cc-0
    22. 22. Indiana Historical Society | 2012
    23. 23. Lori Byrd Phillips | Wikimania 2012 PKM. cc-by-sa @HstryQT [[User:LoriLee]] lori@wikimedia.org
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