A Letter from METRO's Wikipedian-in-Residence

Dear METRO members and Wikipedians,

I want to thank you all so much for your support of my role as Wikipedian-in-Residence at the Metropolitan New York Library Council, and for your participation in the many events we’ve organized together since I first took the position in August 2013. All good things eventually come to a close, and  I will be leaving my position shortly to pursue other opportunities for growth and learning starting April 2nd, 2015.

Dorothy_Howard_Guggathon_4.jpgTo recap some of our successes: with the support of Wikimedia NYC, institutional collaborators, and you, we’ve hosted around 15 Wikipedia Edit-a-thons at many METRO member institutions including numerous New York Public Library branches, the Brooklyn Library Central, the Queens Library Central,The Center for Jewish History, The Guggenheim Museum, and the Józef Piłsudski Institute of America, as well as around 20 staff trainings on Wikipedia editing. These initiatives have encouraged an ethic of sharing and collaboration between METRO members and global, open access communities.

Per my departure, I’m working to ensure that there is sufficient documentation in place so that METRO members can continue to seek support and collaboration on Wikipedia projects. This information, along with documentation of our Summer 2013 - Spring 2015 METRO Wikipedia initiatives and learning resources for Wikipedia editing will be archived on wikipedia on our GLAM-Wiki page. Additionally, Wikimedia New York City, the Wikipedia Library, the Wikipedia Education Foundation, and the GLAM-Wiki U.S. Consortium are also all great places to start. 

I encourage you to go forth and continue to take part in the vibrant and growing Wikipedia and Open-GLAM community in New York, and stay tuned for future updates on METRO’s Open Data and Open Knowledge initiatives. 

All the best,

Dorothy Howard