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Call for Volunteers: NNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on November 7 Focusing on Women’s Health!

Posted by on September 26th, 2018 Posted in: Advocacy, Announcements, Consumer Health, NLM Products, Public Health, Training

Participate in the NNLM Fall Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on Wednesday, November 7, and make it more successful than the April event, which focused on rare diseases! To achieve this goal, join the Wikipedia Help Team and NNLM staff across the nation and volunteer for a one-hour shift between 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST to add citations to, and improve existing Wikipedia articles on women’s health, using trusted NLM and NIH resources. Utilize your research skills to make Wikipedia a better, more evidence-based resource for people looking for information on women’s health! In order to participate, you must create a Wikipedia user account prior to the event.

Sign up to provide virtual support to participants by contacting RML staff listed in the Schedule Table. Our own Nora Franco, PSR Consumer Health Librarian, will participate from 1:00-2:00 PM PST. Also, plan to attend and register for the three-part NNLM Wikipedia Fall 2018 Edit-a-thon training on October 3, 17, and 31, 11:00-11:30am PDT. If you are unable to attend all sessions, registrants will receive a recording of the entire training. Session 1 on 10/3 will provide an introductory overview on the importance of Wikipedia for librarians, and will give information about the Edit-a-thon. In Session 2 on 10/17, learn how to be prepared by creating a Wikipedia account, editing articles on medical topics, and getting ready for the event day. The final session on 10/31 will provide a highlight of women’s health resources from the NLM, including how to identify and evaluate pertinent information resources for possible use in the Edit-a-thon.

On November 7, you can follow along with all the fun on Twitter, with hashtag #citeNLM2018!

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[Editor’s Note: The event was a success, with over 50 contributors adding more than 16,000 words to at least 124 articles on women’s health topics!]

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Alan Carr is the Associate Director, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Pacific Southwest Region, based at UCLA.

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