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Wikipedian in residence program

2019 Wikipedian in residence

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Concordia University Library welcomes Amber Berson as its 2019 Wikipedian in residence.

Amber Berson is a writer, curator, and Ph.D. candidate conducting research on artist-run culture and feminist, utopian thinking. She most recently curated Utopia as Method (2018); World Cup! (2018); and The Let Down Reflex (2016-2018, with Juliana Driever); and was the 2016 curator-in-residence as part of the France-Quebec Cross-Residencies at Astérides in Marseille, France.

She is the Canadian ambassador for the Art+Feminism Wikipedia project and is the current Wikipedian in residence at Concordia University. Her writing has been published in Breach Magazine, Canadian Art, C Magazine, Revue .dpi, Esse, Fuse Magazine, and Le Merle, amongst others.

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In the news

Concordia Library's Wikipedian in residence initiative has garnered attention from the following press:

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Workshops and events

Wikipedia 101 Training: How to read and write Wikipedia articles

Bilingual. In this workshop you will learn how to read and write Wikipedia, how to add content to Wikimedia Commons, and how to work with the translation tools on Wikipedia.

The workshop will also cover ethical questions such as conflict of interest (COI), notability & references and the five pillars of Wikipedia and will focus on learning feminist and anti-oppressive methodologies for Wikipedia.

This workshop will include both a theoretical and practical element.

Date Time Location Register
Monday, September 16 1 to 4 p.m. Webster Library Multifunctional Room, LB-322 Register

Round table discussion on Wikipedia, translation, and open access

Featuring Anna Luisa Daigneault of Living Tongues, Daniel Bögre Udell of Wikitongues, and a member of the Atikamekw Wikipetcia project.

This discussion will cover current issues related to translation and open-access in relationship to Wikipedia and Wikimedia.

Due to capacity limits, priority will be given to members of the Concordia community. Please register below and a confirmation will be sent prior to the event date.

Date Time Location Register
Wednesday, October 23 6 to 8 p.m. Webster Library Multifunctional Room, LB-322 Register

Wikipedia 101 Training: How to read and write Wikipedia articles

Bilingual. In this workshop you will learn how to read and write Wikipedia, how to add content to Wikimedia Commons, and how to work with the translation tools on Wikipedia.

The workshop will also cover ethical questions such as conflict of interest (COI), notability & references and the five pillars of Wikipedia and will focus on learning feminist and anti-oppressive methodologies for Wikipedia.

This workshop will include both a theoretical and practical element.

Date Time Location Register
Monday, November 11 1 to 4 p.m. Vanier Library, VL-122 Register
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Call for applicants for the 2019 Wikipedian in residence

The call for applicants for the 2019 Wikipedian in residence is now closed. See About, Scope, Scope & responsibilities, Funding, Qualifications, Application and instructions and Contact sections for more information.

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About

Concordia University Library is committed to playing essential roles in teaching and learning on campus, in supporting student success, and in advocating for and advancing open resources and scholarship. The recently transformed Webster Library, on the Sir George Williams Campus, features a Technology Sandbox and Visualization Studio. The University’s Digital Strategy emphasizes digital capabilities and improved digital literacy for all Concordians as one of its objectives.

The overarching goal of the residency is the promotion of Wikipedia, digital literacy, and the creation of a long-lasting partnership between the Wikimedia Foundation and Concordia. Examples of Wikipedians and Wikimedians in residence demonstrate the range of activities and projects undertaken.

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Scope

As part of the residency, Concordia Library will provide:

  • Supervision to the Wikipedian in residence
  • A workspace with computing equipment
  • Access to Library resources, print and electronic collections, and technological infrastructure
  • Teaching and learning spaces for conducting face-to-face instructional sessions with small and larger groups
  • Opportunities to interact with Concordia Library staff

Responsibilities

  • Be available to commit 6-8 hours per week to the residency. On-site attendance is expected for the majority of the residency.
  • Facilitate partnership between the Wikimedia community and Concordia University.
  • Build capacity for Concordia University to work with Wikimedia on projects.
  • Promote understanding of Wikipedia, the Wikimedia commons, Wikidata, and the open movement among the Concordia community (students, faculty and staff, including library personnel) through workshops and events.
  • Assist instructors and librarians wishing to integrate Wikipedia into their teaching and learning activities.
  • Coordinate events, such as edit-a-thons, that bring Wikipedians on-site to work with staff on content creation and improvement.
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Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree with an additional 3 years work- or education-related experience.
  • Experience with one or more of: Wikipedia editing, contributing to the Wikimedia commons, Wikidata projects. Experience providing training for one of these is an asset.
  • Knowledge of the open movement, including open education, open pedagogy, open access, open science, open scholarship, and creative commons licensing.
  • Familiarity with and interest in digital literacy initiatives in higher education and the broader community.
  • Demonstrated experience in planning and delivering small projects with multiple partners is preferred.
  • Oral and written fluency in English is essential. Oral fluency in French and basic written French are assets.
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Funding

The residency is planned for one year, beginning in the winter of 2019. A 12-month contract for one day a week has a salary of $10,000.

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Application & instructions

Interested candidates must supply the following in one (1) single PDF attachment:

  • a letter of interest;
  • curriculum vitae, which must include a statement of your citizenship;
  • the names, email addresses and telephone numbers of two references.

Applications should be sent to employment.library@concordia.ca. Applications must be received by no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2019. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

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Contact

For more information or questions about the Wikipedian in residence, contact Lorie Kloda, Associate University Librarian, Planning & Community Relations.

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page last updated on: Wednesday 31 July 2019
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