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Medieval Feminist Wikipedia Write-In (#medievalwiki) Volunteer Call

SMFS is thrilled to announce that we will be running a Wikipedia Write In for the ENTIRE CONFERENCE! Tired of having your students cite bad information from Wikipedia? Unfortunately, railing against Wikipedia is useless — it has become the go-to first search for most people, even scholars. Writing your own articles and editing those of others is the best way to get feminist scholarship mainstreamed. Just as with print encyclopedias, women scholars do not write and edit enough articles in this internet medium.

SMFS is sponsoring a Wikipedia Write In in Fetzer 1060 that will be open during conference hours every day (see below). Volunteers will run short tutorials every hour. Dorothy Kim and Mary Suydam are spearheading this effort. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS to staff this enterprise. If you haven’t written a Wikipedia article it is very easy to learn. Either your college library staff can teach you or you can learn it using the script put together by Mary and Dorothy for the conference. This script will be provided in advance to every volunteer. PLEASE HELP THIS WONDERFUL EFFORT! Contact Mary Suydam ( with your name, email, and shift times you are available. If you want to check the Conference sessions they are available online at   The Wiki Shifts are for 2 hours and run every day from 10 to 6 and Sunday from 9 to 1.  We look forward to hearing from you! Dorothy and Mary

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