In a guest post at ACRLog entitled “Why GLAM Wiki: Wikipedia and Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums,” Siân Evans (Senior Implementation Manager at Artstor) describes her work with Art+Feminism, an organization dedicated to increasing the representation of cis and trans women in the arts on Wikipedia. From the post:
Wikipedia edit-a-thons also provide a space in which you can connect your institution to local communities. A number of institutions — including Notre Dame University, Ohio State University, and the Art Gallery of Ontario — that have participated in Art+Feminism edit-a-thons, have gone on to hold local edit-a-thons in their community. These can be an excellent opportunity to connect your institution to local Wikipedians or historians interested in contributing their specific knowledge to Wikipedia.
Evans encourages librarians (even those inexperienced in editing Wikipedia) to develop Wikipedia programs on their own campuses and points to other examples of grass-roots efforts to improve Wikipedia coverage in underrepresented areas.
This post was produced through cooperation among Caroline Barratt, Rebecca Dowson, Melanie Hubbard, Alix Keener, Paula S. Kiser, Chella Vaidyanathan, and Amy Wickner (Editors-at-large for the week), Patrick Williams (Editor for the week), Sarah Potvin (Site Editor), and Caitlin Christian-Lamb, Caro Pinto, and Roxanne Shirazi (dh+lib Review Editors).