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Increasing the Discoverability of Digital Collections Using Wikipedia: The Pitt Experience

Galloway, Ed and DellaCorte, Cassandra (2014) Increasing the Discoverability of Digital Collections Using Wikipedia: The Pitt Experience. Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice, 2 (1). 84 - 96.

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Abstract

<jats:p>During the Fall 2013 academic semester at the University of Pittsburgh, two undergraduate history majors performed a Wikipedia internship in the University Library System’s Archives Service Center and Special Collections Department. The purpose was to enhance the discoverability of Pitt’s digital collections and finding aids by creating links from Wikipedia articles to relevant content held by the library’s specialized collection units as well as to generally improve the quality of articles by adding additional information. By editing nearly 100 articles in Wikipedia, the interns developed their own effective strategies to perform this work and learned how to use and edit Wikipedia efficiently, how to navigate library resources effectively, how to decide what types of content would be valuable to add, and how to present new and respectable information. As a result, usage of Pitt’s online digitized collections and finding aids appears to have increased.</jats:p>


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Galloway, Ededwardg@pitt.eduEDWARDG0000-0001-6956-8436
DellaCorte, Cassandra
Date: 2 May 2014
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Pennsylvania Libraries: Research & Practice
Volume: 2
Number: 1
Publisher: University Library System, University of Pittsburgh
Page Range: 84 - 96
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.5195/palrap.2014.60
Schools and Programs: University libraries > University Library System
Refereed: Yes
Date Deposited: 21 May 2014 16:24
Last Modified: 23 Dec 2020 03:56
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/21649

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