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Upcoming Webinar: Evaluating Health and Medical Information on Wikipedia

Posted by on October 8th, 2020 Posted in: Continuing Education

Date: Wednesday, October 14

Time: 2 PM ET/1 PM CT

Description: The circulation of misinformation online can be damaging to public health. English Wikipedia is the eighth most-visited website in the U.S. How accurate and authoritative are health information articles on Wikipedia? Join this webinar to sharpen your information literacy skills with a walk through of the inner workings of Wikipedia. This webinar gives special attention to health and medical information articles, fringe theories, and controversial topics covered in the news. You can gain an insiders’ perspective on the editorial process of Wikipedia to confidently evaluate the quality of health and medical information articles and content on the popular free online encyclopedia.


By the end of the session, participants will be able to:

– Describe the Wikipedia community and editorial processes
– Understand core content policies and the quality of health information articles and content on Wikipedia
– Evaluate coverage of fringe theories and controversies

Speaker Information: Monika S. Jones, PhD, is an expert in digital culture studies. She has edited Wikipedia since 2012 and leads Wikipedia training courses, workshops, and webinars for library staff, academics, and undergraduates. She has published popular press articles and book chapters about the benefits of engaging with Wikipedia for equity in information access and digital literacy skills. In 2017-18, she was the OCLC Wikipedian-in-Residence. Learn more at www.monikasjones.com.

Registration: Registration is free and can be accessed through the NNLM class instance.

For additional information, please contact Liz Waltman.

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