Hi everyone! I'm organizing an editathon at the Oakland Public Library on Friday June 26th - the session is primarily aimed at members of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section of the American Library Association who will be meeting in Oakland Tuesday-Friday.
I know what you are thinking: "But Merrilee, doesn't this conflict with an editathon, for librarians, in San Francisco the very same day?" Well, yes, it does. This is a follow on to an event we organized sort of last minute as part of the RBMS meeting last year in Las Vegas, and the conference organizers are encouraging about this becoming a regular part of the conference (yay!), so this has been planned for months. And Jake and I talked about the overlap, and decided to proceed along on our separate paths. So, if there are Wikipedians who are perhaps East Bay located or interested hanging out with the super cool and motivated rare book and archives crowd, I could really, really use your help with this one.
Hello Bay Area fellow Wikipedians,
The San Francisco Public Library and the Mozilla's HIVE Learning Networks
are launching a new Teen Tech Center in SF called The Mix.
The Hive Learning Network is a global community effort of Youth Servicing
Organizations led by the Mozilla Foundation. The HLN champions digital
skills and web literacy through connected learning. They have a presence in
11 cities including Bangalore, Vancouver and Mombasa, and growing fast with
10 new cities to launch by end of 2015.
This is a pilot program to help us/WMF evaluate if this is a viable
mechanism for the movement to engage with youth and help build future
community of Wikipedians.
The SFPL agreed to host a Wikipedia Station to help youth navigate and use
our projects as well as potentially contribute to them. This program will
be ran by the staff of The Mix - I am looking for someone(s) to train their
staff on becoming a Wikipedian and a guide to the youth in their program.
If you are interested, please feel free to ping me via email, I can share
The Mix launches next Wednesday June 18th - ideally we would like to have a
Young Wikipedian's in Training booth for back to school - sept 2015.
The Teen tech Center will be located
SF branch at
100 Larkin Street,
San Francisco, CA 94102
What's the location of the Teen tech center?
*What: Wiki Loves ALA Editathon *
*Who: Jacob Orlowitz, Patrick Earley, Alex Stinson, & Janet Renteria*
*When: Friday, June 26th 2015 from 1:00pm - 5:00pm *
*Where: 5th Floor Lounge *
*Why: Show others how to edit Wikipedia, especially attendees at the ALA
Annual Conference at Moscone Center*
The American Library Association conference brings 20-30 *thousand*
librarians, publishers, and reference experts to San Francisco this June.
We want to welcome them to the city and celebrate our shared missions of
sharing knowledge with an editathon at WMF's office.
The event will starts at 1:00pm June 26th. We will have a WMF Staff Member
with the guard between 12:30-1:30 and from 5:00-5:30 after the event ends.
We will be giving guests a set time of entrance to avoid disruption of
services for the lobby attendant, front desk folks, and organizers.
An Eventbrite has been setup to collect first and last names of
participants and will be used to cross reference with ID's. (Those without
ID will not be let in.)
We estimate that 50-60 participants will attend the event. The cap for the
event is 90.
The Editathon will take place in the 5th floor lounge area. WMF
workstations on the north side of the floor will be blocked off, and no
ediathon participants will enter that area.
Staff are welcome, to come and participate, help out, or just poke their
heads in and say hello. If you would like to officially join the editathon
as a 'wiki expert', please register in the EventBrite so we can keep a head
count. Also feel free to share this invitation with SF-area staff, or
There will be an introductory 1-screen presentation with a 30 minute
tutorial on Editing Wikipedia. Participants will be working in groups after
tutorial and for the rest of the event, without any A/V, so noise is
expected to be minimal.
Participants will work on one of 4 subject tracks of their choosing:
* Writing about the history and collections of their institution or
* Writing about San Francisco's women writers, artists, and scientists
* Writing about LGBT history
* Writing about a topic of their choice
There will be lots of coffee and water at the event, as well as some light
We're excited about this neat opportunity to join forces with the library
world. We're looking forward to a successful, fun event, and hope to see
some of you there.
Jake Orlowitz and the Wikipedia Library Team