Grants:TPS/mlynch345/ARLiS/NA + VRA Joint Conference 2016/Report

Event name


ARLIS/ NA + VRA 2016 | Third Joint Conference

Participant connections


The event I attended was called Why Wikipedia? where I presented the Guggenheim Wikipedia Initiative as one of three case studies. My co-panelists included WilliamDigiCol, Siankevans, and Melanie Emerson who presented case studies from The Met Museum, and the annual Art+Feminism edit-a-thon series, respectively. Following the case studies, Siankevans and Heatherslania led a workshop on how to run an edit-a-thon where they covered everything from funding to event logistics (you can never have too much surge protectors!). The afternoon ended with an modified editing training where beginner Wikipedians created user pages, and developed stub articles in their sandboxes. I was happy to help during this portion as it facilitated new connections with very impressive individuals. I met art librarians and archivists from the Library of Congress, the University of Illinois at Chicago Library, and many others. There were about 50 people in the room and we were bursting at the seems--we actually had to bring in another table just to accommodate everyone.



This is the presentation I gave at the start of the event. I spoke about how the Guggenheim Wikipedia Initiative came to be a front-facing, institutional priority for the Guggenheim and how other institutions might adopt this model. I answered questions following my presentation and gave one on one support during the subsequent editing training. The unique outcome of my presentation was that our working model relies on consistent editing support from employees and interns in addition to the Wikipedia community at large. I felt that this was particularly useful for libraries and other institutions looking to prioritize Wikipedia efforts without relying solely on external Wikipedians and edit-a-thons.

I also published a blog post on LinkedIn that details the case study I presented at the conference. This way, attendees and the general public will be able to understand how I was able to build and scale the Guggenheim Wikipedia Initiative and adopt learnings to enhance the role of Wikipedia at their own institutions.


  • In total, I spent $683.97 for flights, hotel, transportation, and per diem costs.
1 3/8/16 jetBlue Flight: JFK --> SEA $138.10
2 3/9/16 Alaska Airlines Flight: SEA --> JFK $171.10
3 3/8-3/9/16 Westin Seattle Hotel (1 night) $245.92
4 3/8/16 AirTrain Receipt to jetBlue terminal $8.00
5 3/8/16 CIBO lunch prior to flight $15.16
6 3/8/16 Starbucks receipt for tea $3.21
7 3/8/16 Sound Transit charge for transportation from SEA Airport to Westin $3.00
8 3/8/16 Bartell Drugs receipt for snacks (in lieu of dinner) $6.76
9 3/8/16 Starbucks receipt for tea $2.14
10 3/8/16 Icon Grill receipt for breakfast $22.08
11 3/8/16 FedEx receipt for printing presentation remarks $4.11
12 3/8/16 NYC Deli Charge for Advil $3.61
13 3/8/16 Blue C Sushi receipt for dinner $22.63
14 3/8/16 Taxi receipt for ride from JFK to home (<5:30am) $38.15
TOTAL $683.97

Amount left over


Remaining money leftover: $716.03

Anything else


Being a part of the Wikipedia panel was a delight and great learning experience. I learned a lot from my fellow panelists and enjoyed meeting new people just as passionate about Wikipedia as I am.

Mikayla Lynch, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, speaking at ARLiS/NA + VRA Conference 2016
Mikayla Lynch Speaking at ARLiS + VRA Conference, March 2016
Mikayla Lynch Speaking at ARLiS + VRA Conference, March 2016