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Announcing the NNLM Spring 2021 #citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Posted by on February 22nd, 2021 Posted in: Announcements, Consumer Health, General, MedlinePlus, Outreach, Public Health


We are excited to announce the #citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon campaign for Spring 2021! Join us for the month of March in our campaign to improve health information on Wikipedia using NLM and other quality health information resources. Our focus this campaign is on Healthy Aging, which includes the habits, behaviors, and environmental factors that contribute to healthy living throughout your entire life span.

There are lots of ways to #citeNLM and get involved:

Graphic advertising NNLM Wikipedia & Libraries course for March 15 to April 9, 2021. Background is a bright light blue with text in white and black to describe the course. On the bottom left is an icon for Wikipedia. Above it is an icon of a stethoscope in gray, black, and yellow.

  • Join our Edit-a-thon Live Session. Participate in our #citeNLM Edit-a-thon throughout all of March 2021. Want to edit with others? Join our live editing session on March 31st, 1-3p ET. We’ll overview basic Wikipedia editing tools and work with library colleagues and NNLM staff to improve Healthy Aging-related articles. Learn more and sign up through the following link: nnlm.gov/wiki
  • Take a course on Wikipedia and Libraries. Want an in-depth exploration of how libraries can use Wikipedia as an information literacy and engagement tool? Sign up for our free, asynchronous course: Wikipedia + Libraries. The course will run from March 15 to April 9, 2021 and guides students through the curation and editing process of Wikipedia health articles, as well as how to help community members build their health literacy skills online. Sign-ups are live now: https://nnlm.gov/class/wikipedia-libraries-nnlm/30039
  • Attend our Health Misinformation Webinar Series. Learn about online health misinformation and how to combat it from leading health information professionals. Join us for the next webinar session on March 1st, 10a PT/ 1p ET for “Understanding Vaccine Hesitancy and Social Media’s Role in Spreading Vaccine Misinformation” with Dr. Kolina Koltai (University of Washington). Sign up here: https://nnlm.gov/class/understanding-vaccine-hesitancy-and-social-media-s-role-spreading-vaccine-misinformation/30321

We are excited to host another #citeNLM campaign to improve one of the world’s most widely used resources for consumer health information. We look forward to seeing you at one of our many events this March!

NLM Logo and Wikipedia Edit-a-thon logo. White background with text: "Reasons to join #citeNLM Edit-a-thons for Library Staff: 1. Learn about using Wikipedia for health info. 2. Gain in-depth Wiki use and editing experience. 3. Build your reference and info evaluation skills. 4. Find examples for information literacy instruction. 5. Learn how to design an Edit-a-thon program for your community! Interested in participating? Learn more and sign up at http://nnlm.gov/wiki " Illustration of a person working on a laptop.

Have questions about edit-a-thons or any upcoming events? Email Sharon, Associate Fellow, at shan4@library.ucla.edu.

Image of the author ABOUT Sharon Han
Sharon Han (she/her) is a NLM 2nd Year Associate Fellow with the Network of the National Library of Medicine Pacific South Region, located at UCLA. She focuses on public health outreach and engagement, as well as advocates for access to quality public health information in various information environments.

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