- Recruit new editors from diverse backgrounds
- Increase the representation and coverage of women and other marginalized groups on Wikipedia
- Increase skills for existing editors
- Add or improve content and citations
- Use editing Wikipedia and the editing guidelines to teach information literacy skills
1. Are you doing one edit-a-thon or training or a series of edit-a-thon or trainings?
We are holding one Art+Feminism edit-a-thon on March 10, 2018 at Purchase College Library, Purchase College, SUNY in Purchase, NY.
2. How will you let your community know about the event? Please paste links below to where relevant communities have been notified of your proposal, and to any other relevant community discussions.
We have several communication channels that allow us to communicate with our communities. We have created a Facebook event for our edit-a-thon in addition to the official Art+Feminism campaign dashboard. We have and will utilized local communication methods such as a news story and calendar event on our College website. We will also send a broadcast email to our entire College campus community, which will reach all students, faculty, and staff members. We have also created physical signs and posters that will be posted on public bulletin boards throughout campus. We also use Purchase College Library’s social media outlets to market the edit-a-thon.
- Purchase College Library Facebook event
- Purchase ArtandFeminism 2018 Dashboard
- Day of Event Information Sheet
- Purchase College Library news story
- Purchase College Library calendar event
- Purchase College Library on Twitter
- Purchase College Library on Instagram
3. Do you have experienced Wikimedia editors to lead the event?
This will be our fifth Art+Feminism edit-a-thon so Marie and Kim are experienced edit-a-thon organizers. We will also have either Mike Feist [User:Ɱ] and/or Paul Robinson [User:Astrocog] in attendance as our experienced Wikipedians.
4. Do participants have the equipment or skills needed to participate and contribute high quality content? If not, how will you support them?
Our edit-a-thon will be held in two adjoining computer labs equipped with 20 and 30 PCs, respectively. The labs each have an instructor’s station and a projector that allows us to provide just-in-time training and tutorials during the edit-a-thon. We are also working with three courses for the edit-a-thon. Prior to the event, Kim Detterbeck, one of organizers and a librarian, will provide an overview of how to set up an account in Wikipedia and basic editing skills. Both organizers have attended multiple training sessions offered by Art+Feminism. Because we are holding our event in the Library, participants will have access to all of the Library’s print and electronic resources, including thousands of books, journals, and other resources.
5. How will you engage participants after the event(s)?
We publish and distribute a follow-up summary of the edit-a-thon on the Library’s website and share that summary with Library staff and via our social media. The summary we produced for our 2017 Art+Feminism edit-a-thon is available at the Purchase College Library website. Also, as we are working with three College courses, students are asked to write a reflection of the experience that can be shared with the event organizers.
6. Is there anything else you want to tell us about this project?
How will you know if the project is successful and you've met your goals? Please include the following targets:
- Number of events: We will host one Art+Feminism edit-a-thon this year.
- Number of participants: We are aiming for 50-60 participants.
- Number of new editors: We anticipate that all participants will be new to editing Wikipedia.
- Number of of articles created or improved: Based on previous years’ numbers, we are aiming to edit or improve 110-120 articles. Since we anticipate that most of our participants will be new editors, we don’t expect to create many new articles as this is a more advanced Wikipedia activity. Last year, our participants created nine new articles.
- Number of repeat participants (for projects that include a series of events): 0
Since this is an Art+Feminism Wikipedia edit-a-thon, we have an entire network of support from the Art+Feminism organization, including multiple trainings, support documentation, and support staff. The Purchase College Library Art+Feminism Wikipedia edit-a-thon is organized by Kim Detterbeck [User:KimThreeCat] and Marie Sciangula [User:Anchorsandarrows]; Kim and Marie are staff members at Purchase College, SUNY. Again, this is our fifth edit-a-thon. As organizers, we handle all of the setup for the event, marketing and communications, and will be present for one-on-one training and to assist all participant editors for the duration of five-hour event. We have the full support of the Library’s administration. The venue, technology, and wifi are provided to all participants free of charge. While we are working with three academic classes, the event is open to the public. Purchase College Library is open to all and we have guest logons and a designated guest wifi network. We will not receive any additional funding for this edit-a-thon.
What resources do you need? For your funding request, list bullet points for each expense and include a total amount.
We need funding for lunch, snacks, and beverages for the edit-a-thon. As our edit-a-thon is held on a Saturday, we like to create a fun, informal atmosphere for the participants, which includes light refreshments. Food is always a good draw for College students! As our event is from 11am-4pm, we would like to provide a lunch as well as snacks. A breakdown is as follows:
- 2 (two) 3-foot submarine sandwiches: $100
- Fruit plate: $30
- Ice: $10
- Plates, cups, utensils, napkins: $15
- Snacks (chips, cookies, crackers, dips, etc): $90
- Beverages: $30
Total requested: $275
These figures are based on what we spent to provide food and drink last year.
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