How Wikipedians-in-Residence Are Opening Up Cultural Institutions
I love the idea of using an existing popular medium to actively promote archival collections and make them more accessible to the public.
“The National Archives maintains national records and preserve cultural heritage, but they don’t do a great job of presenting this information to the public in a searchable, digestible format,” says McDevitt-Parks. “This is exactly what Wikipedia does: presenting history and cultural in a way that people use every day. For the Archives specifically, the mission is not just preserving documents, but promoting their use. Through some sort of collaboration, we can make these records available for regular use by the public at large.”
I hope to hear of more Wikipedians-in-Residence in the future!
100 articles that every librarian should read
This list is a great resource, and I really should make time to read all of them.