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Wikipedian-in-Residence at the
Metropolitan New York Library Council
Thoughts on scaling local GLAM
initiatives
Dorothy Ho...
Multi-Institutional Residency
“Open Data Fellowship” – allow flexibility in the job
description
Consortium offers Wikipedi...
Metaphors: Wikipedian-in-Residence
as Switchboard
• Role as a
resource
communicator
• Compile a global
resource directly
f...
Wikipedian-in-Residence
as Advocate
• Emphasis on changing institutional culture also
requires re-conceiving of informatio...
Local demands: New York
• “Too much interest” problem
• Local Chapter capacity
• Growing interest in WikiData and data pro...
• Manage stakeholder’s expectations
• 1 staff person is trained at each institution
• Wingspan / “plant the seeds”
• Focus...
Some outcomes
• 9 institutional consultations in the past 6 months –
over 30 in past 20 months.
• 15 Edit-a-thons held ove...
Engaging Institutions
• Barnard College
• The Center for Jewish History
• Columbia University Libraries
• The Frick Collec...
Gugg-a-thon Museum Architecture
Edit-a-thon / October, 2014
Strategies
Compile training materials relevant to
your specific audience
• Put local directory of editing resources specific
to audie...
Strategies for working with
multiple institutions
• Never underestimate the power of one-on-one
meetings
• Keep up-to-date...
Make or break: The institutional pitch
• Standard format for initial engagement
– One-pager with basic information about l...
Staff trainings
• “Train-the-Trainers”
• Regularity / monthly
hub
• Staff from any
department participate
• Have the point...
Planning for “virality”
• WikiData and
DBPedia
Workshop for
librarians
Growing interest among
libraries for structured
Dat...
Virality: What we achieved
#BlackLivesMatter Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
• Cassano, Jay. "Black History Matters so why is Wikipe...
Press: #BlackLivesMatter Wikipedia Edit-a-thon
Link to Video:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/02/wikipedia-edit-a-th...
Set up mini “Wikipedians-in-Residence”
among current institutional volunteers
• Re-train existing institutional volunteers...
What’s next?
• Transitioning out of my role as Wikipedian-
in-Residence
GLAM-Wiki U.S. Consortium
• Creating standard mate...
Thank you
Dorothy Howard, New York, NY
Twitter: @DorothyR_Howard
<dorohoward {@} gmail.com
#glamwiki
Friday April 10, 2015...
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Wikipedian-in-Residence at the Metropolitan New York Library Council: Thoughts on scaling local GLAM initiatives
Dorothy Howard
GLAM-Wiki 2015
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Wikipedian-in-Residence at the Metropolitan New York Library Council: Thoughts on scaling local GLAM initiatives

  1. 1. Wikipedian-in-Residence at the Metropolitan New York Library Council Thoughts on scaling local GLAM initiatives Dorothy Howard, New York, NY Twitter @DorothyR_Howard <dorohoward {@} gmail.com> #glamwiki Friday April 10, 2015 15:30
  2. 2. Multi-Institutional Residency “Open Data Fellowship” – allow flexibility in the job description Consortium offers Wikipedia special projects and expertise as a member-service at library organizations Other potential models • Higher educational social science research groups • National health or science institutes • “Co-host” a Wikipedian-in-Residence among a few institutions
  3. 3. Metaphors: Wikipedian-in-Residence as Switchboard • Role as a resource communicator • Compile a global resource directly for different potential interest among your target audience – i.e. WMF contacts, WikiData, sister- projects
  4. 4. Wikipedian-in-Residence as Advocate • Emphasis on changing institutional culture also requires re-conceiving of information as political – Anti-surveillance / Right to privacy – Opening up government data / open-data initiatives – Fostering more programming academies / makerspaces / hackerspaces, places for creative collaboration – “Gender Gap” and multicultural gaps cut across related projects • Resident as vocal advocate and communicator for other open-access projects • Emphasize writing and media component of the position – hire someone with experience working with the press
  5. 5. Local demands: New York • “Too much interest” problem • Local Chapter capacity • Growing interest in WikiData and data projects – finding the right expertise
  6. 6. • Manage stakeholder’s expectations • 1 staff person is trained at each institution • Wingspan / “plant the seeds” • Focus on small scale donations / changing institutional culture • Maintain a presence at relevant local conferences • Virality as a goal • To do differently: Edit-a-thons were strong focus but potentially not best way to begin engagement Our scale and goals:
  7. 7. Some outcomes • 9 institutional consultations in the past 6 months – over 30 in past 20 months. • 15 Edit-a-thons held over past 20 months – 5 in the last 6 months. • Wikipedia webcast series • Best-practices materials for libraries • Small scale image donations • Wikimedia PEG Grant for event funds and technology, printed materials • Press coverage in some of the major U.S. publications – 60 minutes, the New York Times, the Huffington Post, Colorlines
  8. 8. Engaging Institutions • Barnard College • The Center for Jewish History • Columbia University Libraries • The Frick Collection • The Guggenheim Museum • The Józef Piłsudski Institute of America • The New York Public Library • Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science • Southeastern NY Libraries Resources Council • Thomas J. Watson Library • Queens Library • Westchester County Library System • And more!
  9. 9. Gugg-a-thon Museum Architecture Edit-a-thon / October, 2014
  10. 10. Strategies
  11. 11. Compile training materials relevant to your specific audience • Put local directory of editing resources specific to audience on your GLAM page or a sister- project page • Create a packet of current research on Wikipedia GLAM Resources Annotated Bibliography (in progress) • https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/GLAM_consortium_meeting_a genda_ideas,_2015/GLAM- US_Resources_Annotated_Bibliography
  12. 12. Strategies for working with multiple institutions • Never underestimate the power of one-on-one meetings • Keep up-to-date on recent Wikipedia research and editor statistics • Personal tone makes a huge difference * Not all institutions will want a staff t
  13. 13. Make or break: The institutional pitch • Standard format for initial engagement – One-pager with basic information about local WP activities – Standardized Edit-a-thon “packet” – Report of institution’s current coverage • Show them a few Wikipedia pages of items they hold • Follow up the next day with a list of links to things you’ve talked to
  14. 14. Staff trainings • “Train-the-Trainers” • Regularity / monthly hub • Staff from any department participate • Have the point person at the institution help run the training • Take group photos!
  15. 15. Planning for “virality” • WikiData and DBPedia Workshop for librarians Growing interest among libraries for structured Data sets • #BlackLivesMatter Wikipedia Edit-a- thon Be in touch with the channels and trends of your local media environment
  16. 16. Virality: What we achieved #BlackLivesMatter Wikipedia Edit-a-thon • Cassano, Jay. "Black History Matters so why is Wikipedia Missing so Much of it." FastCompany. January 29, 2015. • Solis, Gustavo. "Schomburg Center Hosts Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon for Articles on Black Culture." DNAInfo. January 30, 2015. • Gebreyes, Rahel. "Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon Reinforces The Value Of Digitizing Black History," Huffington Post Blackvoices. February 2, 2015. • Lewis, Taylor. "Wikipedia Is Getting a Lesson in Black History." Essence.com • Noisette, Thierry. "Un éditathon pour rédiger des pages Wikipédia sur la culture noire." Rue89. February 04, 2015. • Mccalister, Jared. "BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2015 : New York celebrates African-American culture and heritage with an abundance of events." NYDaily News. February 05, 2015. • Murphy, Carla. Can ‘Black Wikipedia’ Take Off Like ‘Black Twitter’?. Colorlines. February 14, 2015. • Allen, Jessica. "Best eating and drinking events this weekend." CBS Local. February 6, 2015. • "Participate in an Edit-a-thon Observing Black Wiki History Month." Ethnic Studies, University of Utah. • Gedeon, Kimberly. “Where are the Black Pioneers on Wikipedia? A Black History Edit-a-thon will fill in the gaps.” January 30, 2015 • The Root. February 2, 2015.
  17. 17. Press: #BlackLivesMatter Wikipedia Edit-a-thon Link to Video: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/02/wikipedia-edit-a-thon-black- history_n_6598974.html?1422916989=&utm_hp_ref=black-voices&m=true Tip: Target diverse media outlets
  18. 18. Set up mini “Wikipedians-in-Residence” among current institutional volunteers • Re-train existing institutional volunteers • University-sponsored Wikipedia internships – EX: Jozef Pilsudski Institute of America • Partnership with NYU History PhD program • Wikipedians in Residence (1) Piotr Puchalsk, Adam Granatowski, Lukasz chelminski, Adam Staszczuck. • What I would re-do: Work to get these students university credit for Residencies
  19. 19. What’s next? • Transitioning out of my role as Wikipedian- in-Residence GLAM-Wiki U.S. Consortium • Creating standard materials for new Wikipedians-in-Residence “orientation packet” • Edit-a-thon in a box • Annotated bibliography
  20. 20. Thank you Dorothy Howard, New York, NY Twitter: @DorothyR_Howard <dorohoward {@} gmail.com #glamwiki Friday April 10, 2015 15:30

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