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NNLM Fall 2019 Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon on November 20: New Organizer’s Guide Available!

Posted by on October 9th, 2019 Posted in: Advocacy, Announcements, Consumer Health, Training

The next virtual National Network of Libraries of Medicine #citeNLM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon will take place on November 20, 2019. During the all-day online event, you are invited to add citations and content to Wikipedia articles using trusted National Library of Medicine (NLM) resources like MedlinePlus, PubMed, and Genetics Home Reference. Participants can follow the hashtag #citeNLM on Twitter throughout the day to ask questions, post photos, and share personal experiences. Wikipedia edit-a-thons are excellent tools for teaching and learning information literacy skills since they require that participants assess existing information, decide where changes need to be made, and add citations to relevant and authoritative sources.

This fall, join NNLM in its ongoing #citeNLM campaign by hosting a Wikipedia edit-a-thon at your organization! By hosting an event you will be joining a network of librarians, health professionals, and students from around the country working to improve the quality of mental health articles on Wikipedia using trusted National Library of Medicine resources. To get you started, check out the Guide for Organizers that will walk you through the steps of hosting your own edit-a-thon session. In this toolkit you will find an overview of the #citeNLM project, a comprehensive planning checklist, sample marketing materials, and a guide to share with your participants. You are also encouraged to register for a training session on October 17 at 11:00am – 12:00pm PDT, where you will have the opportunity to ask questions, learn more information, and connect with the #citeNLM community. Presenters will provide an overview of the following topics:

  • The role of Wikipedia and the importance of edit-a-thons.
  • Participating in the #citeNLM Virtual Edit-a-thon by joining the event dashboard.
  • How to become a Wikipedia editor.
  • Citing NLM resources and best practices for editing articles on medical and health topics.
  • Hosting your own event using the #citeNLM Guide for Organizers.

No matter if you host your own event or join the virtual edit-a-thon on November 20, you will have the opportunity to improve mental health information on Wikipedia. Learn more about this project and don’t forget to follow along on Twitter and share your Wikipedia experience!

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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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