Libraries, Archives, and Wikipedia: Sessions for METRO Members at WikiConference USA

by Dorothy Howard, Wikipedia-in-Residence, METRO

WikiConferenceUSA will be held on May 30 – June 1, 2014 at New York Law School, located in the Tribeca district of Manhattan, New York City. The conference program will be devoted to topics concerning the Wikimedia movement in the United States, as well as related topics of free culture and digital rights and is organized by Wikimedia NYC and Wikimedia DC.

20140523_WikiConferenceUSA.pngMany of the conference sessions apply directly to topics in digital management and open access technologies, digital rights, technology education, Wikipedia in libraries, archives, and museums, and other topics highly relevant to librarians, archivists, and information professionals.

Below is a selected list of sessions from the complete conference schedule that may be of interest to METRO members.

The first two days of the conference, Friday May 30th and Saturday the 31st, will include a morning and an afternoon keynote, as well four different timeslots filled with workshops, panels, and discussions. The final day of the conference, Sunday, June 1st, will be an unconference with opportunities to sign up to host break-out sessions, join in an edit-a-thon, take a diversity training, see technology demos and organize your own events.

Register here.


Friday May 30


  • “Wikipedia in the Era of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)” (Jon Beasley-Murray, University of British Columbia;  Frank Schulenburg, Wiki Education Foundation; George Haines, Hofstra University) 
  • “Wikipedia’s Role in Four Different Types of Librarianship” (Megan Wacha, Barnard Library; Dorothy Howard, METRO)


  • “Image by Wikipedia” (Jonas Öberg, Free Software Foundation Europe)
  • Split session: “Using the MediaWiki web API to get (only) the data you need,” and “Using web API client libraries to play with and learn from our (meta)data” (Frances Hocutt, Seattle Attic Community Workshop)


  • Split session: “Where would I find time for it? Scalable Wikipedia editing for GLAMs” and “If we build it, will they come?  Bringing library collections to the people through Wikipedia” (Leanora Lange, Center for Jewish History, and William Blueher, Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art)


  • “Remixing metadata from libraries and archives with the RAMP editor” (Timothy A. Thompson; Mairelys Lemus-Rojas, University of Miami Libraries)
  • “Signaling Open Access References” (Matt Senate and Max Klein, Wikiproject Signalling OA-ness, grantees of WMDE and Open Society Foundations)

Saturday May 31


  • Split session: “State of Digital Rights” and “the Free Culture Trust” (Karen Sandler, Software Freedom Conservancy, GNOME).
  • “Art and Feminism Edit-a-thons” (Michael Mandiberg, CUNY; Siân Evan, Artstor; Jacqueline Mabey, curator).
  • Split session: “The Future of Libraries and Wikipedia” (Jake Orlowitz, The Wikipedia Library)


  • “The current state of the BLP (Biographies of Living Persons) problem on Wikipedia” (Ira Brad Matetsky)
  • “Bridging Conversations with the Humanities” (Alex Stinson, Kansas State University and Wikipedia-in-Residence at William Blake Archive)
  • “Using Wikibooks and Wikiotics to Build Community-Centered Language courses” (Ian Sullivan, Wikiotics Foundation)


  • Split session, GLAM/Wikipedians in Residence: “A year in residence at the Chemical Heritage Foundation,” “Wikipedian-in-Residence at UC Berkeley,” and “Forward to Libraries: Tools and data for connecting Wikipedia and local library resources” (Mary Mark Ockerbloom, Wikipedian-in-Residence at the Chemical Heritage Foundation; Kevin Gorman, Wikipedian-in-Residence at UC Berkeley; and John Mark Ockerbloom, Forward to Libraries, University of Pennsylvania).
  • “Wikipedia Campus Ambassador Program in NYC” (Ann Matsuuchi, CUNY-LaGuardia Community College)


  • “Wikipedia, GLAM, and Edit-a-thons in the Classroom: How We Did It.” (Andrew Lih, Faculty at American University, Author of The Wikipedia Revolution)


For more information, see, or contact Metro’s Wikipedian-in-Residence, Dorothy Howard at <>.