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Wiki-Gangs of New York: Local History Editathon

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April 21, 2012

Program Locations:

Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Margaret Liebman Berger Forum

What neighborhood do you call home? Where are the boundary lines? How long has it been a neighborhood, and what is its history?

Is your neighborhood included in Wikipedia?

Whether your home is Hell's Kitchen, Roosevelt Island, Tottenville, Mott Haven, DUMBO or Far Rockaway... come and represent your neighborhood. Use historical records and maps and learn how to edit Wikipedia to make it better for everyone.

The event will take place in the Berger Forum (Room 227), stay for the entire afternoon or drop in at any time between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Bring your own laptop if possible; laptops will also be available to check out with your library card. NYPL librarians will be on hand to provide information and instruction on using our research collections. Volunteer Wikipedians will be present to provide support and instruction on editing Wikipedia. Advanced wiki editing skills not required; passion for NYC history and culture highly recommended!

The emphasis will be on improving content related to New York City neighborhoods and history though volunteers may work on whatever they choose. If you don't have a library card, start the application process online and pick up your card on Saturday. If you don't have a Wikipedia account, create one before Saturday so you can get started editing right away.

RSVP is suggested but not required. Sign up at http://bit.ly/nyplwikigangs or add your name to the project page.

This event is jointly organized by the Irma and Paul Milstein Division of United States History, Local History and Genealogy, the Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division, NYPL Reference and Research Services, and NYPL Labs.

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  • Audience: Adults