The Cavalier Daily covers the Library’s upcoming Black Stories at UVA Edit-a-thon, a partnership between the Library and WikiDC.
The edit-a-thon is designed to remedy a lack of information in the online encyclopedia about people of color who have been associated with the University of Virginia but have been neglected in the past. The event was organized by Common Good, a group created by U.Va. Library staff and dedicated to creating opportunities for discussion of topics important to student life and higher education. No knowledge of Wikipedia is required. Laptops and instructions will be provided, two representatives from WikiDC will be on hand to help, and there will be Library personnel to assist participants with research that “will rely on materials from the Special Collections library, Encyclopedia of Virginia and Cvillepedia, as well as scholarly databases.” The idea of the edit-a-thon, say organizers, is not to complete something but to start something, “to hand the event over to the community and have them decide what conversation will be held.” Volunteers can register on the Wikipedia website.