Documents Association of New Jersey
Collaboration and Innovation: NNLM's Nationwide Online Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon
Elaina Vitale, MAR Academic and Data Services Coordinator, presented "Collaboration and Innovation: NNLM's Nationwide Online Wikipedia Edit-a-thon" at the Documents Association of New Jersey meeting in Trenton, NJ. There is a growing trend in libraries of engaging their communities with information and open data by holding Wikipedia edit-a-thons. During these events, participants learn about the culture and norms of this widely-used online resource through hands-on editing of articles, including improving citations and adding new facts. This presentation will report on the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) health-focused online edit-a-thon, which took place on April 17, 2018. The event utilized librarians' research skills to make Wikipedia a better and more evidence-based resource by using National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources to edit content and citations. A second NNLM edit-a-thon is planned for November 7, 2018, focusing on women's health.