On Saturday, October 6th the IU Society of American Archivists–Student Chapter (SAA-SC) hosted a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon at the Indiana University Archives. October is American Archives Month and the group modeled their event around the Wikipedia Loves Libraries initiative.
The goal was to enhance the existing Wikipedia entries for eight former Indiana University Presidents by referencing and tapping into the amazing resources at the IU Archives. Dina Kellams, SAA-SC Advisor and Associate Archivist for the IU Archives and Chanitra Bishop, Emerging Technologies Librarian for the IU Libraries guided the students on the basics of editing in Wikipedia and helped them identify resources to justify their entries. This is a good (local) example of funneling a LAM’s expertise to users.
Remember last October when the MDG blog highlighted Wikipedia Loves Librarians? No? Well good news: you’ll no-doubt see more of these GLAM WikiProjects in October–especially during Open Access Week on the last full week of October.