[Foundation-l] Announcing Marlita Kahn as the Project Manager for the Bookshelf Project
frank.schulenburg at gmail.com
Wed Oct 7 14:00:54 UTC 2009
I am delighted to announce that Wikimedia's Bookshelf Project will be
led by Marlita Kahn.
Marlita is a Senior Project Manager/Program Manager with over 15 years
experience managing educational, technical, media-rich and
multilingual projects. Her employment contract with us started on
September 28, 2009, and will end on September 24, 2010. She will
report to me.
Marlita comes to Wikimedia from Design Media, where, as Senior Project
Manager, she created and guided the product design and content
development for a large number of customers. Among her projects were a
product set targeted to educators and general public for California
State Capitol Museum that won the International Web Page Award (2002),
"Concepts of Biology", a high school biology full year multimedia
curriculum product and a 3D stereoscopic film commemorating the 1906
San Francisco Earthquake and Fire using historic imagery and original
3D animation, script and surround sound that won the Silver and Bronze
Telly Awards (2007).
Prior to her work at Design Media, Marlita worked as a Managing
Director for the Internet Archive. She managed the Archive from
start-up and led the development of the 5 year strategic plan.
Marlita is fluent in Spanish and holds a Master's Degree in English
Literature from the University of California at Berkeley.
The Bookshelf Project is one of the Wikimedia Foundation's priorities
for 2009-10 and I'm thrilled that Marlita has agreed to lead this
important initiative. She'll take the first few weeks to catch up on
the thinking that's been done so far, and you'll start hearing from
Please join me in warmly welcoming Marlita to the Wikimedia Foundation.
ABOUT THE BOOKSHELF PROJECT
The Bookshelf Project aims at creating a core set of
awareness/engagement/training public outreach materials, in English,
to later be translated, adapted and used for multiple purposes by
volunteers, chapters and educational institutions such as schools and
The materials created as part of the Bookshelf Project include basic
"first step" documents, compelling invitations to participate, but
most importantly, in-depth series of resources targeting potential
editors, trainers, and evangelists. The materials also provide models,
such as lessen plans, for how teachers, professors, and journalists
can use Wikipedia in their professional capacity.
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