Welcome to the 2017 MLA Annual Conference! This year’s theme is Radical Librarianship - the power of libraries to provide access to the truth, strengthen our community voices, create opportunity for exploration and innovation, and assist our patrons to build a better future. Libraries have always been radical, but what does Radical Librarianship mean for us today? Join us at the 2017 MLA Annual Conference to help shape that conversation!
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Thursday, October 5 • 2:15pm - 3:05pm
Wikipedia as Community Organizing

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Wikipedia edit-a-thons are events where a community comes together to add to Wikipedia around a focused topic. Hosting an edit-a-thon can be an engaging way for libraries to leverage their collections, share information literacy and technology skills, and use their role as a community gathering space to improve the quality of information in the public conversation. It is an opportunity to empower the public to directly address representation and inequities on the internet. This session will focus on how we have used edit-a-thons for community organizing around topics including Art and Feminism, LGBTQIA Pride, and Social Activism. We will share tools, resources, and best practices for using your library to connect your community with Wikipedia.


Ben Weiss

Associate Librarian, Minneapolis Central Library, Hennepin County Library
Ben Weiss is an Associate Librarian with Hennepin County Library, working at Minneapolis Central in community engagement and public programming. He is the co-chair of HCL's LGBTQIA Pride workgroup and active in the Pop-up Libraries and Community Events team. He's been involved with... Read More →

Rachel Wexelbaum

Associate Professor, Collection Management Librarian, St. Cloud State University
Rachel Wexelbaum is Associate Professor and Collection Management Librarian at St. Cloud State University. She has been engaged in various forms of Wikipedia engagement since 2010. In 2014 she had presented on "Women's Work: Female Bonding and Empowerment During Wikipedia Parties... Read More →

Margit Wilson

Librarian, Minneapolis Central Library, Hennepin County Library
Margit Wilson is a Librarian with Hennepin County Library where she works at Minneapolis Central on programming and community engagement with art, music and literature collections. She comes to public librarianship with a background in art librarianship and publishing. Since 2015... Read More →

Thursday October 5, 2017 2:15pm - 3:05pm CDT
Meeting Room 104