Presentation Type

Presentation

Conference Track

Open Access

Description

Many libraries are engaging their users by holding Wikipedia edit-a-thons. Participants learn about the culture of this widely used online resource through hands-on editing of articles. However, it is very unusual to have an event that is completely virtual and crosses time zones. The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has held two online, national, health-focused edit-a-thons, to encourage use of National Library of Medicine databases to edit content and citations. In this talk, we report on the NNLM’s ongoing edit-a-thon program, how we made the unusual format work for us, and tips for hosting an online edit-a-thon.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will:

--Learn about Wikipedia's culture of openness

--Learn about what an edit-a-thon is, and how an online edit-a-thon is different than the usual in-person version

--Learn how the NLM and NNLM is using the online edit-a-thon format for outreach

--Gain some tips and tricks for holding an online edit-a-thon

Twitter Handle(s)

#citenlm2018

Start Date

29-3-2019 11:15 AM

End Date

29-3-2019 12:00 PM

Persistent Identifier

https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/28039

Subjects

National Network of Libraries of Medicine (U.S.), Wikipedia -- Social aspects, Collaboration, User-generated content, Electronic encyclopedias

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Mar 29th, 11:15 AM Mar 29th, 12:00 PM

Collaboration and Innovation: NNLM’s Nationwide Online Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon

Many libraries are engaging their users by holding Wikipedia edit-a-thons. Participants learn about the culture of this widely used online resource through hands-on editing of articles. However, it is very unusual to have an event that is completely virtual and crosses time zones. The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) has held two online, national, health-focused edit-a-thons, to encourage use of National Library of Medicine databases to edit content and citations. In this talk, we report on the NNLM’s ongoing edit-a-thon program, how we made the unusual format work for us, and tips for hosting an online edit-a-thon.