Queering Wikipedia Editathon 2 – 22nd July – TOM House – LA

TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991) Untitled (Preliminary drawing for #85.11), 1985 Graphite on paper, 16.63” x 11.75” ToFF #0960, © 1985 Tom of Finland Foundation

Come by the Tom of Finland Foundation Library on the 22nd of July to participate in our second wikipedia editathon!

The library will provide access to a unique collection for reference purposes, to edit and create Queer/LGBTQIA Wikipedia content.

 

 

There will be a world class Wikipedian (who was at the Wikipedia conference at the Alexandria Library in Egypt!) teaching the editing workshop, so for those of you who want to learn how to edit Wikipedia please arrive by 1:30pm.

All folks welcomed; BYO machine (laptop, tablet,smart phone, ipad, etc.). Please feel free to bring your own material to work from (books, articles, etc). There are books from the Foundation Library that folks can use, but if you have any specific subject/individual in mind please bring along the (secondary source) info and we will help you upload/edit to Wikipedia. 

1:00 – 5:00 pm
Sunday, 22nd July, 2012

Please contact Katie at kherzog@TomOfFinlandFoundation.org

Tom of Finland Foundation Library
TOM House
Echo Park

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Queering Wikipedia Editathon 2 – 07/22

TOM OF FINLAND (Finnish, 1920 – 1991), Untitled (Preliminary drawing for #85.11), 1985, Graphite on paper, 16.63” x 11.75”, ToFF #0960, © 1985 Tom of Finland Foundation

Come by the Tom of Finland Foundation Library on July 22 to participate in our second wikipedia editathon!

The library will provide access to a unique collection for reference purposes, to edit and create queer/LGBTQIA wikipedia content.

We are currently looking for experienced wikipedia editors
willing to volunteer to assist new users and/or teach an editing workshop.
All folks welcomed; BYO machine (laptop, tablet,smart phone, ipad, etc.).

1:00 – 5:00 pm
Sunday, July 22, 2012

Tom of Finland Foundation Library
TOM House
Echo Park

Please contact Katie at kherzog@TomOfFinlandFoundation.org

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MPLS mentions ToFF Queering Wikipedia Editathon

Library helps residents change city history on Wikipedia

Posted by: Nicole Norfleet under People and neighborhoods. Updated: February 25, 2012 – 6:16 PM

Nellie Stone Johnson was the first black person elected to citywide office in Minneapolis when she got a seat on the Library Board in 1945. She was the first woman in the country to negotiate labor union contracts for equal pay for women. But despite Johnson’s accomplishments, she doesn’t have her own page on the internet encyclopedia Wikipedia. But that is going to change.

On Saturday, the Minneapolis Central Library hosted its first Minneapolis History Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, where the general public was invited to use the library’s Minneapolis Collection to edit and augment Wikipedia entries on city  history. Johnson’s page was one of several that was worked on.

The event was aimed at trying to make Minneapolis-related entries more accurate and in depth as well as having residents take advantage of the library’s resources, said Ian Stade, a librarian at the James K. Hosmer Special Collections part of the library.

Even though Wikipedia has been criticized for the inaccurate and incomplete information of some of its entries, Stade said, librarians including himself use the site regularly.

“It’s not the only resource, but it can be a good resource to get started,” he said.

Wikipedia edit fests have been popping up at libraries across the country, according to a recent story in American Libraries magazine. Last October, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts hosted “Wikipedia! The Musical!,” an event dedicated to contributing to Wikipedia’s articles on musical theater. The Tom of Finland Foundation Library in Los Angeles had a “Queering Wikipedia Editathon” to create and update LGBT-related articlesThe Chicago Public Library held an editathon devoted to President Obama’s early life and career, as well as information about his state, U.S. Senate, and presidential campaigns and elections.

About ten people made it out to the Minneapolis editathon, Stade said, on Saturday afternoon. Stade said the library will probably try hosting the event again.

Star Tribune

 

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