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Comprehensive New Toolkit Supports Faculty and Student Wikimedia Projects

by NYU Libraries Communications on 2022-01-11T14:17:50-05:00 | Comments

A team of Wikimedians at the NYU Libraries has created a Wikimedia Toolkit Research Guide full of guides and resources for faculty, students, and everyone who wants to know more about the many open resources of Wikimedia. 

For faculty, there’s a section on incorporating Wikimedia projects in their teaching, including pedagogical arguments for doing so, design tips, and training modules. Students will find a user guide, training modules, and videos to help them ace their curricular projects. Aspiring editors of Wikipedia, Wikidata, and Wikimedia Commons will find everything from basic methods and principles to a step-by-step guide to running an Edit-a-Thon. There are discussions of biases in Wikimedia and how they are being addressed and the role Edit-a-Thons can play in ensuring that Wikimedia’s viewpoints continue to diversify.  

The Toolkit is the outcome of a project funded by a Curricular Development Challenge Fund grant and is based in part on feedback from faculty and teaching assistants who responded to a June 2021 survey.

The Libraries faculty team behind the Toolkit comprises Wikimedia experts who support Wikimedia projects throughout the Libraries, often in informal “Wiki Lounges” open to the entire Division of Libraries. They were assisted by graduate students Sai Guo, who analyzed the survey data, and Katherine Santana, who ensured that the content reflected IDBEA principles.

Other events and activities related to the grant included a presentation by Jennifer Stubbs, Reference and Research Services Librarian for Social Sciences and Economics at NYU Shanghai, to Shanghai faculty on the value of including Wikimedia-related assignments in their courses. Lori Salmon, Head of the Institute of Fine Arts Library, coordinated a Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon in partnership with the Latinx Project. For more information, email lib-wiki-cdcf@nyu.edu


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