Wikimania 2012 — mind the gap

This is the third in a series of posting on my first Wikimania. I’m (mostly) focusing on the connection between Wikipedia and libraries, and approaching topics thematically, rather than going through the conference in order. Mind the [gender] gap The Wikipedia community has been paying a lot of attention to the “gender gap” which was …

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Wikimania 2012 – Wikipedia goes GLAM

This is the second in a series of posting on my first Wikimania. I’m (mostly) focusing on the connection between Wikipedia and libraries, and approaching topics thematically, rather than going through the conference in order. Wikipedia goes GLAM I’ve been attracted to Wikipedia primary because of a set of recent GLAM outreach efforts (GLAM stands …

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Scan and Deliver… on Wikipedia!

I just learned from Max – our Wikipedian in Residence – that NARA (the US National Archives) is postings scans of archives on request and putting them up on Wikipedia. This pilot project is my new favorite creative experiment to maximize access to archives. The project page includes links to digitized images, with crowd-sourced transcriptions. …

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Public libraries in the digital age

There is not often much in these posts about public libraries, but there are frequently posts about digital libraries. I admit to thinking there’s not all that much overlap between the two. Public libraries are ready to change that. Last November a group of public library leaders met to begin to address the future of …

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A Librarian in Wikiland

Jennifer Weintraub from UCLA’s Digital Library program recently advised me to get out of my comfort zone and attend a conference that’s off my beaten path. Next week, I’ll be doing just that. I’ll be heading to Washington, DC and attending Wikimania. Not only is this not a library or archives conference, but it’s a …

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Libraries Rebound – A Personal Partial Recap

In the three earlier posts Merrilee did a great job of summarizing the content of the three different themes – directly supporting researchers, special collections and institutional mission and space as a distinctive asset. The important things to take away were captured in those posts which reflect the attendees highlights as captured in the twitter …

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