This is part of a global event to memorialize eighteenth-century scholar and Wikipedian Dr. Adrianne Wadewitz, who died suddenly in April. This loss has deeply affected Wikipedia and the academic world. Her work is recognized internationally as helping to encourage more women to contribute to Wikipedia to tackle the gender gap and systemic bias in its content. Wadewitz was one of the first academics to bring Wikipedia into the classroom as part of the Wikipedia Education Program, working with her students to improve Wikipedia instead of writing traditional term papers. At the time of her death, she was Mellon Digital Scholarship Fellow at Occidental College. She had over 50,000 edits and wrote numerous featured and good articles, including Mary Wollstonecraft. You can read more about Wadewitz and her contributions via The Wikipedia Signpost, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe, and the Omaha World-Herald.
What to bring: Your laptop and a power adapter.
You do not need to be an experienced Wikipedia editor in order to attend, just bring a willingness to learn.
Hashtags: #wadewitz and #wikiwomen
RSVP: Either sign up on the Wikipedia Event pages using your username. If you are unfamiliar with Wikipedia, try this training module. There will also be alternative RSVP information on the event pages.
A group at Brown and Northeastern University will hold Write-Ins on Wednesday, May 21st and Thursday, May 22nd. Another Boston group is planning an event for June. Information for each, including links to RSVP are below.
Writing for Wadewitz: THREE New England edit-a-thons in memory of Wikipedian and Digital Humanities scholar Dr. Adrianne Wadewitz.
1. Boston: May 21, 2014, 4-9pm, Digital Scholarship Commons at Northeastern University Snell Library.
2. Providence: May 22, 2014, 1:30-6:00pm, Digital Scholarship Lab at Brown University Rockefeller Library.
3. Boston: June 25, 2014, 6-9pm, location TBD.
More information about Dr. Adrianne Wadewitz is on the main listing for these memorial edit-a-thons.
April 27 | Screening of “Out of Print”
Providence Public Library Auditorium (3rd floor)
Free and Open to the Public
1:15-3:30 pm, doors open at 1:00
Narrated by Meryl Streep, the documentary Out of Print draws us into the topsy-turvy world of words, illuminating the turbulent and exciting journey from the book through the digital revolution.
Jeff Bezos, Ray Bradbury, Scott Turow, Jeffrey Toobin, parents, students, educators, scientists–all highlight how this revolution is changing everything about the printed word–and changing us. VIEW TRAILER
Join the Watts History and Culture of the Book Program, the Rhode Island Center for the Book, and the Providence Public Library for this special screening followed by a Q&A discussion with the film’s director, Vivienne Roumani.
Parking is available at the Providence Hilton Parking Garage: $3/3 hours. Bring ticket for stamping at the Library.
The semester is more than half way over, but the Watts Program still has a lot to offer this spring. Whether you prefer talks, workshops, films, or book collecting prizes, there is sure to be something here to strike your fancy!
April 4 | 2:00 pm Visit to Dan Wood’s Artist Studio Continue reading
This week and next, the Watts Program is partnering with the Providence Athenaeum and the John Russell Bartlett Society to present a 3-part mini-festival about the life of the French book collector Octave Uzanne. Continue reading
Paul Duguid (School of Information, University of California, Berkeley), “Getting Information from Books: A View of the 18th Century”
Tomorrow at 6:00 pm, Paul Duguid of UC Berkeley will address the role of printed books in the information age. No, this talk isn’t about google or Amazon. Duguid rather explores another time in history when open access to knowledge seemed to transform the ways people processed and disseminated information. Continue reading
Although there’s often not much time for it among my many duties in coordinating the Watts Program, I always strive to carve out a few minutes each day to check the program’s twitter page and see what types of conversations are going on in the book world. Social media has long been known for its uses in marketing events and gaining fans, but I almost like it more for the types of informal conversations I get to have with colleagues and other library professionals all across the world. When I signed in to twitter this morning, I was happy to find out through Boston Public Library (@BPL Boston) that today is #ShelfieDay. Continue reading
The Library of Congress has announced today applications are now open for their Junior Fellows Summer Internships. This unique opportunity offers 10-weeks of intensive library experience and a $3000 living stipend.
“The focus of the program is on increasing access to collections and awareness of the Library’s digital-preservation programs by making them better-known and available to Members of Congress, scholars, researchers, students, teachers and the general public.”
Applications will be accepted online only at usajobs.gov, keyword: 357481100, from Monday, Dec. 16, 2013, through midnight, Friday, Jan. 24, 2014.