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Wednesday, March 14 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Wikipedia Works! : Aligning Wikipedia Engagement with Library Initiatives

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Wikipedia is an open access resource for community building and scholarly communication as well as an online encyclopedia. Librarians remain a minority within the Wikipedia community due to misunderstandings about the resource. In addition to creating and editing content, Wikipedia presents multiple opportunities where librarians can insert themselves in improving metadata, promoting library collections through WorldCat, including Wikipedia in open access initiatives, and teaching faculty how to integrate it into class curriculum, library instruction, and library programming. In this presentation, librarian and Wikipedian, Rachel Wexelbaum will provide a brief history of librarian engagement in Wikipedia, demonstrate how Wikipedia work aligns with core librarian values, tenure/promotion requirements, and traditional library duties. She will describe the WebJunction "Wikipedia + Libraries: Better Together" course for librarians where she volunteered as a guide, and share her personal journey into global Wikipedia engagement. Recommendations on how to get started with Wikipedia, as well as where to connect with librarian communities engaged in Wikipedia efforts, will be included in this presentation.

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Rachel Wexelbaum

Collection Management Librarian / Assoc Prof, St Cloud State University
Rachel Wexelbaum is Collection Management Librarian at St Cloud State University. She is one of the founding members of the Wikimedia Minnesota User Group and organizer of Wiki Loves Pride edit-a-thons. She has been an active Wikipedian since 2014 and is the Twitter administrator... Read More →

Wednesday March 14, 2018 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
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