Wikipedian-in-Residence (Coordinator, Contingent I)
Position #: 03191326
- Open Date: March 19, 2014
- Closing Date: April 18, 2014
The Historic Maryland Newspapers Project—situated within the Department of Digital Programs and Initiatives, Division of Digital Systems and Stewardship, University of Maryland Libraries—is seeking a part-time Wikipedian-in-Residence to evaluate how content from the Library of Congress’ newspaper database Chronicling America is being used on Wikipedia. Chronicling America is “a Website providing access to information about historic newspapers and select digitized newspaper pages.” It is the product of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP)—a partnership between the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Library of Congress (LC)—which awards grant funding to institutions in each U.S. state and territory to digitize their historic newspapers.
Under the direction of the Historic Maryland Newspapers Librarian, the Wikipedian-in-Residence will gather and analyze statistics regarding Chronicling America in Wikipedia. Based on this analysis, the Wikipedian-in-Residence will propose the development of tools and methods that could be used to enhance the visibility of Chronicling America and discuss the resources needed for each implementation. Finally, in a written report, the Wikipedian-in-Residence will document their research and make final recommendations for tools and methods that could be implemented by participants in the NDNP in 2015.
This is a Contingent 1 position. The Wikipedian-in-Residence will work onsite for 20 hours per week for a period of 16 weeks from May thru August 2014.
To apply, please use the following URL: https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/25127
If you have any questions regarding Staff and Faculty positions, contact Aishar Pinnock at apinnoc1[@]umd.edu or 301-405-9249.