2016/08/23 #critlib chat: Wikipedia & #critlib

Storify of the #critlib chat from 8/23/2016 on Wikipedia & #critlib, moderated by @oksveta, @fiiidget and @nora_almeida. For more information about #critlib, including past & future chats, see http://critlib.org

  1. [Borrowing from @oksveta's disclaimer: I attempted to include all of the relevant tweets from the chat and put them together. Retweets, favorites, & tweets without the hashtag are omitted on purpose. Misreadings and all other mistakes are all my own.]
  2. Readings

  3. McCook, K. D. L. P. (2014). Librarians as Wikipedians: From library history to “Librarianship and Human Rights” (pdf). Progressive Librarian, 42, 61-81.
  4. Introductions!

  5. OK, #critlib! Tonight we’re talking about #Wikipedia & LIS! But let’s start with intros: I’m Sarah, an LIS PhD student co-modding w @oksveta
  6. Hi! Gina from NY. Academic librarian and Wikipedian. First #critlib chat ever. Thanks for the topic @fiiidget :)
  7. Hi, #critlib! I'm Megan, ScholComm LIbrarian at CUNY and board member of @WikimediaNYC
  8. Confession: I set set the date and ordered the refreshments for my first edit-a-thon in 2012. THEN I taught myself how to edit. #critlib
  9. Since then, I've continued to teach editing via edit-a-thons & course assignments and have slowly moved into more of a support role #critlib
  10. Confession: I started editing #Wikipedia because I was POed about the gender gap. Now it's fun, humbling, enriching. I found my ppl #critlib
  11. Hi #critlib, Dianne, social science R&I librarian. Looking forward!
  12. Hi #critlib -- it's been awhile! I'm a humanities liaison at the University of Hawaiʻi-Mānoa & ur friendly co-mod.  https://twitter.com/fiiidget/status/768251655502630913 
  13. Hi #critlib, I'm an academic cataloger in the middle of Minnesota. I'm also an occasional Wikipedia editor.
  14. Hi #critlib, I'm a reference librarian at Kapiʻolani Community College and also an occasional Wikipedia contributor...
  15. Hi, I'm Gina, library job seeker & freelance proofreader/copy editor participating in tonight's #critlib from Eugene, Oregon. #westcoast
  16. Hi #critlib. I'm an academic library cataloger in St. Cloud, MN. Very, very occasional Wikipedia editor (maybe five times ever?).
  17. Hi #critlib, I'm an academic librarian and will be lurking during the night shift.
  18. #critlib hola, I'm an academic librarian who has helped host a few wikipedia edit-a-thons
  19. Howdy #critlib! This is my first lurk/chat. Science librarian @ Tufts
  20. hello #critlib ! I'm a humanities librarian at Queens College, CUNY
  21. health sciences librarian who teaches medical students information literacy in the guise of "evidence-based medicine" in Hershey PA #critlib
  22. Hi #critlib I am an academic librarian, hosting her first ever Wikipedia edit-a-thon this upcoming year! Thanks for the great topic
  23. Hi #critlib! Lurking tonight! Only know Wikipedia as a user, excited to learn what ppl are doing as WP builders/makers!
  24. #critlib, late to the party! Faculty at "school of information" and infrequent but enthusiastic Wikipedian!!
  25. I'm a LIS Grad Student at USF & have used WP forever, since it started. I have edited a few articles still a newbie though #critlib
  26. I’m the founder of @LibJuicePress , just lurking tonight. Looking forward to the next hour. #critlib
  27. Hey #critlib I'm participating from Virginia, library student at USF, new Wikipedia editor, and future library job seeker.
  28. Academic services and Women and Gender Studies lib in from the U of South Florida, excited to chat a resource I teach with #critlib
  29. This is Jenna in NYC, joining #critlib late because I was on a call with folks from the incredible @LISmicroaggress crew. Hi!!!
  30. Hi #critlib, Matthew in Mass - lurking tonight. Medical librarian working with #graphicmedicine and getting hands on training as a fellow.
  31. Q1. What is your stance towards/relationship with Wikipedia (WP) & what experiences have brought you to that stance?

  32. #critlib A1. I've had a few discouraging experiences, mostly as a new editor when my corrections were reversed w/o me understanding why.
  33. #critlib A1 (cont) Since then I only contribute to inconsequential articles (it's no fun to "be bold" when your hard work is erased).
  34. @fiiidget I've gone back and checked, and it really was overzealous editors not being particularly friendly to a new editor. #critlib
  35. #critlib A1 Too many horror stories (like @karencoyle's recent exp) to be enthusiastic about WP. I find it labyrinthine (& I'm a cataloger!)
  36. Q1 Wikipedia great tool for background info on a topic. Want to use my research skills to expand the content. All thanks to #LIS. #critlib
  37. A1: Editor for 2+ years, thx to @megwacha, @silssa & @PrattInfoSchool for making connections btwn LIS & WP for LIS students. #critlib
  38. A1: WP = a p good attempt @ accessible info 4 all. Still built on structural inequalities that prevent true radical openness, tho #critlib
  39. Ive also lead editathons, taught editing workshops & conducted research on the relationship btwn libs & Wikipedia. I'm in! to! it! #critlib
  40. A1: I came to this stance through learning about linked open data for libraries, archives, and museums (#lodlam) #critlib
  41. #critlib A1 Cautiously optimistic. Great for info access, great teaching tool, some serious structural issues  https://twitter.com/fiiidget/status/768252637938679808 
  42. #critlib I have taught undergrads to edit wikipedia a couple times, participated in a couple of edit-a-thons, & done a few individual edits
  43. #critlib A1.I feel like Wikpedia has evolved since the beginning, and I can see how it can be used as a tool for instruction
  44. #critlib A1.but being aware of the diversity/inclusion issues I am a little wary. I've had both so-so & great interactions w/ editors
  45. @socaldesi That's where I want to go next with WP. Engaging college students in #infolit skills with editing #wkipedia. #critlib
  46. @ginamshelton Noooo! And it was only done once...How wonderful would it be to carry it forward? Definitely worth exploring! #critlib
  47. A1 I've kind of poked at it & I've read a lot of the documentation, and I've used it in my credit course. Haven't edited much #critlib
  48. A1 part 2: I keep thinking I should edit more, but I don't #critlib
  49. I find it really intriguing as a rare transparent place that knowledge gets put together and presented, and what goes into that #critlib
  50. Q1 Use #Wikipedia in IL sessions as place for students to get ideas for research topics, encourage them to look @ citations #critlib
  51. A1. I was part of an awesome edit-a-thon where students in HI edited info about their neighborhoods/towns, sparking my Wikilove. #critlib
  52. A1 Wikipedia offers a **needing to be evaluated, improved** model for involvement/data mngmnt that traditional lib authorities lack #critlib
  53. A1 cont. So I see Wikipeidia + related projs- DBpedia, Wikidata - as possible ways for community curation/reuse of "authority" data #critlib
  54. A1 cont but not without social/contextual/technical/data probs needing to be addressed - that maybe libraries can help address best #critlib
  55. A1. In publishing (my 1st career), Wikipedia was viewed as an unreliable reference source. Authors were discouraged from citing it. #critlib
  56. @GinaMurrell1 is the attitude in libraries different in your experience? #critlib
  57. @fiiidget At this point, I can't say. I'm still trying to gain a strong foothold in the library field 2 years after earning my MLS. #critlib
  58. @GinaMurrell1 @fiiidget I think there is still a lot of variation in the libraryland Some enthusiasm, lots of apathy? #critlib
  59. @oksveta @GinaMurrell1 it seems like far less outright disdain than 10 years ago, but yeah, still a lot of apathy #critlib
  60. A1: Huge Wiki fan... Love the idea of crowdsourcing knowledge. 10/10 use daily. Platform for critical thinking #critlib
  61. A1: I appreciate Wikipedia's aim to make info free & its participatory structure. Useful for talking abt sources & trust w students #critlib
  62. @EamonTewell would love to hear more (from any/all) about WP as teaching tool for infolit! #critlib
  63. @fiiidget I usually discuss it w/ other sources--asking what a db vs. google vs. wiki are good for gets lots of interesting answers #critlib
  64. @fiiidget @EamonTewell IMO showing the "talk" page of a popular article is a great way to demo knowledge is contested & constructed #critlib
  65. @oksveta @fiiidget @EamonTewell Agree! I love showing it in class, esp contested entries. Transparency like nowhere else! #critlib
  66. @jessicahochman @oksveta @fiiidget students' minds get blown w/ the talk page. I also mention that 90% of editors are men #critlib
  67. @EamonTewell @oksveta ditto! Luckily, in my last WP class, I had @fiiidget present to share some experiences, so helpful. #critlib
  68. @oksveta @fiiidget @EamonTewell History, too. It shapes article. 1st edit for menstruation? "Women have this all the fucking time" #critlib
  69. A1 I say it is OK (but don't go as far as recommd) it as starting place for facts for med students. #critlib
  70. Several studies show it isn't necss. incorrect for med info, but incomplete. Ex. drug side fx missing. so... #critlib
  71. ...I encourage med students to use the tools of their profession, and right now Wikip. ain't it. #critlib
  72. #critlib Kathleen McCook.have taught class on editing WP to over 150 LIS students last 4 years at U of South FL. School of Information.
  73. @klmccook thanks for yr fantastic article that's tonight's suggested reading!! #critlib
  74. @klmccook Your article in Progressive Librarian was our suggested reading. So glad you are also here for the chat #critlib
  75. @klmccook I had the same experience at UofT's iSchool. Has definitely impacted my views #critlib
  76. @nancyeadams Yes! Wikiproject Medicine has much stricter guidelines for adding content, which means a lot gets left out #critlib
  77. @nancyeadams How can we get more medical professionals/faculty/students to edit WP? Avg person probably seeks medical info from WP #critlib
  78. @ginamshelton UCSF med school has for-credit course where they edit WP med articles; thought it was great idea #critlib
  79. @ginamshelton @nancyeadams Yes! Wikipedia is number one source for medical info, esp for conditions ppl aren't comfy asking about #critlib
  80. agree totally. But for med professionals, I steer them away from WP. It actually IS BRAIN SURGERY #critlib  https://twitter.com/megwacha/status/768256184436613120 
  81. @megwacha @ginamshelton @nancyeadams is it anti-Wikipedia bias that I hear that & wish there were a better source for such info? #critlib
  82. @nfoasberg @megwacha @ginamshelton @nancyeadams I don't think so. Maybe medical info shouldn't be crowdsourced--too important. #critlib
  83. @violetbfox @nfoasberg @megwacha @ginamshelton Yes, I feel stakes too high. I steer them towards "info from your comm of practice." #critlib
  84. A1: I have poked around @dbpedia as part of exploring SPARQL, and considered making Wikipedia edits to fix searches that didn't #critlib
  85. A1. Love how students react when they realize they are knowledge experts & they have the power to accurately tell stories of place. #critlib
  86. A1: I love Wikipedia as a starting point, quick ref for things I "should know"; but also bc wikipedians make the road by walking it #critlib
  87. A1 And, I love wikipedia as a text to read critically. In my classes we read it, edit it, & consider the content & practice #critlib
  88. catching up: A1 - got a few hundred edits under my belt after some rough first attempts + unkind editorial response #critlib
  89. Q2. In what ways could Wikipedia be a potential resource or site for enacting #critlib?

  90. #critlib A2 for pedagogy, get students to see themselves as knowledge producers, demo how knowledge is contested  https://twitter.com/fiiidget/status/768255690020417536 
  91. #critlib A2.2 especially if their edits don't stick, great opener for convo about power and knowledge. but need debrief time & fore-thought
  92. #critlib A2.3 especially if working w/ student editors, am careful to have them make anonymous accounts to limit their risk of harassment
  93. @jessicahochman @socaldesi Well, if they're not, Wikipedia editors often won't accept them as "legitimate". #critlib
  94. There are so many places to start on WP (subject areas, notability, infolit) but it can be overwhelming! #critlib  https://twitter.com/fiiidget/status/768255690020417536 
  95. @oksveta @fiiidget students should be thinking of themselves as knowledge creators! #critlib
  96. WP makes contested nature of knowledge visible. Often look here first, then compare to peer review. #critlib  https://twitter.com/fiiidget/status/768255690020417536 
  97. A2. Edit-a-thons, like ones for women artists, are great for enacting #critlib principles, i.e. working toward more inclusive histories.
  98. #critlib A2. with so much focus on citations, when we edit I want us to be more aware of who we are citing; give voice to marginalized...
  99. #critlib A2. ...scholars. that's something pulse orlando syllabus made me think abt. it's more than talking about underrepresented folks...
  100. @socaldesi great point. As much as I love the outside links, they're often to hegemonic, obvious sources. #critlib
  101. Yes! But then there can be problems with what's considered a reliable source, or a notable topic! #critlib  https://twitter.com/socaldesi/status/768256690944741376 
  102. @socaldesi there's some deep deep structural bias in WP bc of who created it, and for all my love, idk if it can be overcome :( #critlib
  103. @violetbfox @jessicahochman @socaldesi so interesting how Wiikipedia relies on traditional authority & reproduces these structures #critlib
  104. A2 Wikipedia seems ripe for #critlib work: empower student voices, work to deconstruct gendered power structure, think critically abt info
  105. Q2. Emerging scholarly language often starts in online discourse communities. Peer review process filters alternative terminology #critlib
  106. A2. So many knowledge/political/social structures are visible when editing #critlib
  107. #critlib A2 I am hoping to teach Wiki editing in the context of narratives not well represented, and to question why they aren't already
  108. Notability big issue.Class often adds entries on libraries & get taken down. Trolls deem subj. not notable.Discouraging. #critlib
  109. @klmccook Unfortunately some editors have a vision of notability that is narrower than WP policy and is influenced by their biases. #critlib
  110. @klmccook Outreach needs to be two-way process. Teach new editors about WP, teach WP editors that subjects new to them are notable. #critlib
  111. #critlib A2 showing students linked data avail on wp/ citations and citing/ authority control
  112. A2: Juxtapose articles on important underrep. topics at the same time w/ stats showing avg white, male WP editor; amirite? #critlib
  113. A2: As far as demonstrating the power of non-hierarchical information sources and freely sharing info, Wikipedia is a great example #critlib
  114. A2. I think WP-conflict, tho frustrating, also useful in showing inherent politics of info & prompting critical eval of assertions. #critlib
  115. A2 Wikipedia is a great place to learn how "collaborative" = unfair influence + powers, oh, + that scholarship isn't a conversation #critlib
  116. A2 therefore, great place to evidence power imbalances + oppressed voices under banner of "notability" + other "pillars" #critlib
  117. Q3. In what ways are the pillars (i.e. Neutral Point of View) and/or organizational structures of WP in tension with #critlib? bit.ly/2b3HO7d [link to Wikipedia page for the 5 pillars]

  118. Q3. In what ways are the pillars (i.e. Neutral Point of View) and/or organizational structures of WP in tension with #critlib?
  119. Only Wikipedia edit from my family so far is gf's addition of a fact about Randy Fenoli as Miss Gay America  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Randy_Fenoli  #critlib
  120. Q3: This is a tough question, and I struggle with the word 'tension' as much as I do the word 'neutral' #critlib
  121. @megwacha Unfortunately a structural problem. A way around that is to use librarian powers to find and amplify other sources. #critlib
  122. Yes! For me, this is a call for open access to the lit and recognizing other forms of knowledge creation #critlib  https://twitter.com/wikigamaliel/status/768258676578627584 
  123. @megwacha What's the struggle around tension as a word? I use it all the time, didn't know it was contested! #critlib
  124. Q3 'Neutral Point of View' is intended as a means to prevent subjective language and a call to "represent the debate" #critlib
  125. If we could get at the same thing without using the word neutral, what would we say? I know there's something better. #critlib
  126. ,@megwacha I'm imagining a lot of arguments over which terms are loaded and which ones can safely be used by "all sides" #critlib
  127. @megwacha is this a place where "tone policing" would be acceptable? #critlib
  128. @megwacha i don't know if it's possible. All writing has a lens. But to admit that is difficult & dangerous to status quo. #critlib
  129. @jessicahochman YES. Most Wikipedians recognize you can't be neutral. It's more about writing style, representing the debate. #critlib
  130. @megwacha @jessicahochman Do you think many WP editors wouldn't defend (their idea of) "rational" POV being superior to others? #critlib
  131. @violetbfox @jessicahochman It depends. Are we talking about the majority of editors, or the loudest voices? #critlib
  132. @violetbfox @megwacha @jessicahochman I would be surprised if a majority of WP editors didn't feel this way. #critlib
  133. @violetbfox @megwacha imo all people defend their ideas as "right"; prob is that most people don't acknowledge they have a lens #critlib
  134. @megwacha @jessicahochman I'm sure you interact with lots of reasonable editors, but hard to hear them over louder GG-esque voices. #critlib
  135. @violetbfox @megwacha @jessicahochman From what I've seen, they have no critical distance from their notions of neutral, rational. #critlib
  136. @violetbfox @jessicahochman as @megwacha points out: only certain topics attract the trolling editors: most editing uncontroversal #critlib
  137. A3: I think we've already started talking about the problems w who "gets to be notable" creating barriers for representation #critlib
  138. How do you think this structural bias compares with similar in "traditional" reference sources? #critlib  https://twitter.com/fiiidget/status/768257903342063616 
  139. @oksveta on WP it is more visible, more accessible and hopefully more malleable. #critlib
  140. @oksveta yaasss! just b/c info moves online doesn't make it perfect/imperfect. these issues exist w/ our print collections at well #critlib
  141. @socaldesi Totally agree! Maybe a way to talk about how format doesn't determine much? @oksveta #critlib
  142. A3. Wikipedia is touted as a neutral resource, but librarians (& libraries) aren't neutral. We bring biases when using/editing it. #critlib
  143. A3: Notability has always seemed kind of weird and potentially power-reinforcing. What's notable and what isn't? #critlib
  144. A3 the "rule" against primary sources can be hugely problematic. #critlib
  145. Srsly. What if some1's oral history abt their own life contradicts a published "authoritative" src abt it? #critlib  https://twitter.com/stacymallison/status/768258857835651072 
  146. I am by no means saying that human memory is infallible. Clearly it's not. But it's THEIR LIFE. THEIR STORY. #critlib
  147. A3. WP says "personal experiences, interpretations, or opinions don't belong," which is anathemic to #critlib. They inform our worldview.
  148. A3: I get annoyed with the idea of "authoritative sources" in Wikipedia...how can that be explored/part of dialogue through a #critlib lens?
  149. A3: The encyclopedia/tertiary pillar can be tricky to navigage with a professor, as @megwacha & I learned working with a class. #critlib
  150. There is no "neutral point of view," first of all. And "notability," which others have mentioned. #critlib  https://twitter.com/oksveta/status/768257949667962880 
  151. A3: As #critlib, we need to take a stance & not be neutral. But also, Wiki is an encyclopedia so neutrality is sort of their thing
  152. @nawalani @ginamshelton @oksveta a good editathon is an empowering safe space-- makes no bones abt BS on WP, encourages nonetheless #critlib
  153. A3: In practice, "neutral" really means in line with dominant/mainstream/most broadly accepted views, no? #critlib
  154. The "consensus" touted by WP seems diff than #critlib version of consensus--WP editors can bully/"lawyer" vs. ideal of inclusivity. #critlib
  155. Sorry, late to #critlib. @karakaraPW's tweet on authority caught my eye. Mapping the ACRL Framework has helped me. https://t.co/S93yqgVN2T
    Sorry, late to #critlib. @KaraKaraPW's tweet on authority caught my eye. Mapping the ACRL Framework has helped me. pic.twitter.com/S93yqgVN2T
  156. I wonder if WP rule on "no primary sources" is part of claim to legitimacy. Might this change as WP becomes more widely embraced? #critlib
  157. @oksveta This policy & WP:V came into real effect c. '05/'06 as a response to criticism about quality:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yChkeptuLtQ  #critlib
  158. A3 Need to be aware of bias but difficult to avoid. Need for more ppl w/ different backgrounds to edit and blanace each other out. #critlib
  159. NPOV necessary and powerful tool to keep WP from being hijacked by agendas, but also serves to reinforce cultural hegemony. #critlib
  160. @oksveta Primary sources are widely abused to push agendas and create personal interpretations, don't foresee this rule changing. #critlib
  161. A3. In some ways I find spirit of Ranganathan more useful for describing the best ideas behind "NPOV" than the "neutral" concept. #critlib
  162. ("Every reader their articles"; "Every article its readers [w all POVs readers might be interested in]"; "WP's a growing organism" #critlib)
  163. A3 I've brought up WP in discussion of other "neutral" user-content platforms inevitably going dumpsterfire #critlib  https://twitter.com/allanaaaaaaa/status/763372475501649920 
  164. A3 ... that said, Wikipedia's seniority-based "consensus" models has a lot in common with how libraries work these days ... #critlib
  165. @allanaaaaaaa less seniority and more who can appeal to the shared community values best (which usually comes with experience) #critlib 1/2
  166. @allanaaaaaaa with good coaching most new editors can figure out how to appeal to those values, i.e. #artplusfeminism or #1lib1ref #critlib
  167. Q4. Do librarians have a responsibility to address pitfalls of WP like gender/race/identity gaps?

  168. Q4. Do librarians have a responsibility to address pitfalls of WP like gender/race/identity gaps? #critlib
  169. @oksveta The problem is that most human good projects are contingent on goodwill, and only work when supported by idealists #critlib
  170. @nancyeadams @oksveta Yep, and squatting by the early pioneers with lots of access to that commons. But takes a village to change #critlib
  171. A4: Addressing pitfalls of WP like gender/race/identity gaps eems like basic #infolit to me, or what info lit should be! #critlib #ifonly
  172. A4 In add'n to addressing representation in Wikipedia, it's great if you have a librarian who is a #WikiWarrior like @megwacha. :) #critlib
  173. @zinelib For the most part Wikipedians are receptive to change, and acknowledge the gaps: behavior change that is hard part #critlib.
  174. @sadads @zinelib I love the idea/mission of WP. does practice need to improve? yes. which is why these conversations are important #critlib
  175. @socaldesi @zinelib Indeed: but once you have the convs outside the community, needs to be paired w/ long hard action from within #critlib
  176. A4 I don't know if I'd call it a responsibility, I'm not here to assign homework to the field of librarianship #critlib
  177. A4 Libs can't(shouldn't) ignore Wikipedia. Feel like if you are using/mentioning to your users, should be transparent abt issues #critlib
  178. #critlib A4. It isn't underrepresented people's job to save Wikipedia from itself.
  179. A4: Broadly, YES. In Wikipedia specifically? Probly not. A laudable goal, but I don't think that resource is our "responsibility." #critlib
  180. A4. If we're using it to teach, yes; great intro to critical analysis #critlib
  181. A4 IMHO not necessarily librarian's responsibility to do it, but definitely to empower others to correct for their own self. #critlib
  182. A4 reminds me of story: angry patron, holding book, "did u c what this book says? why aren't you telling ppl about it??" #critlib
  183. A4 As believers in democratization of information, librarians must ensure the info meets the needs of all. Use/edit WP accordingly. #critlib
  184. A4 not sure what "address" means here - do you mean telling patrons about its weaknesses and pitfalls? #critlib
  185. A4 ... because you could make an argument for Wikipedia-editing as "volunteer"/"scholarly" work for academic librarians #critlib
  186. A4 but asking other heritage workers, who don't have allotted time in their paid hours, to contribute is cruel, don'tcha think? #critlib
  187. A4 depends on context. Infolit yes, using it to feed a digital project or promote content, yes. Edit-a-thon, yes. But mandate? #critlib
  188. A4: WP is world's largest info source. Our patrons are all there. If we aren't, are we fufilling our duties as info professionals? #critlib
  189. I have many feelings about this and am now determined to find cited published prim src in Wikipedia. #critlib  https://twitter.com/wikigamaliel/status/768261216116416512 
  190. A4: In no way should be an obligation to edit, but libs shld be aware of how WP works, and honest abt it w patrons/students/peers #critlib
  191. A4: Libs & librarians need to make their voices heard re:Wikipedia, lest the public (or Wiki admin) think we don't care. #critlib
  192. #critlib A4. I think WP is intentionally seeking out partnerships with libraries, and in that role we should definitely be talking abt it
  193. A4 it'd be nice to have automated bots set up for librarians just to flag, revert, delete bad articles. minimal time, maximal gain. #critlib
  194. A4 As long as WP (or Google for that matter) is so widely used, librarians have responsibility to understand its structural issues #critlib
  195. #critlib A4.2 and to intervene to the extent that their position allows; not an "off-the-clock" moral responsibility to edit
  196. #critlib @oksveta So maybe we should ask -- should libraries be supporting librarians' work to address pitfalls of Wikipedia? (yes)
  197. A4: I like to edit because I'm prone to more talk than action...wp= a comfortable place to being gaining #critlib confidence & close gaps
  198. A4. IMO, as long as users use WP, we have responsibility to help use it well (eg by making them aware of gaps and/or helping fix) #critlib
  199. A4.By "we" I mean librns of all sorts; burden shouldn't default to those most hurt by gaps. Tho I hope I'm told when I do it wrong. #critlib
  200. +1 Librarians should be supported to work with Wikipedia, but not required. Personal, informed choices #critlib  https://twitter.com/JMarkOckerbloom/status/768263294612144128 
  201. @JMarkOckerbloom Also to help shape appropriate use - mine bibliography for resources, dig back to original sources, etc. #CritLib
  202. A4 In lib instruction students learn abt potential biases/flaws w/ any source then learn 2 find other sources 2 balance out the POV #critlib
  203. A4. But, like, I fill this screen w characters for free. If editing WP was fun for me, I'd likely do for free. (Alas, It's not.) #critlib
  204. Q5. What accounts for historic maligning of WP by libs and what does this tell us about our own stance towards information?

  205. Q5. What accounts for historic maligning of WP by libs and what does this tell us about our own stance towards information? #critlib
  206. A5 Reason for historic bad rep of WP is printed Encyclopedias, with printed citations. must be right. #critlib
  207. A5: I feel like librarians were early to using Wikipedia critically, though not as open as now. Convincing profs is a challenge. #critlib
  208. @zinelib most resistance I see re: wikipedia use is from profs (and usually in the middle of instruction sessions) #critlib
  209. A5 fully justified intuition-based suspicions borne out by later evidence #critlib
  210. A5. Mission to promote quality sources of info, so a natural reaction to an untested source. Now librarians are excited about WP. #critlib
  211. A5 General mistrust of crowdsourced materials, "armchair" academics, any anonymity in relation to authority #critlib
  212. A5 Wiki represents move away from trad scholarly sources to open, free & crowdsourced. Scary for ppl who built careers on print #critlib
  213. A5 Fear of becoming obsolete? Fear of info free-for-all? Fear of disrupting white cishet control of mainstream access to info? Fear #critlib
  214. @fiiidget except if there's white cishet control of wikipedia (is there?) seems like little difference? #critlib
  215. @edrabinski right, time has proven. but 15 years ago, it cld have been anything (not really, it could have only ever been this way) #critlib
  216. @fiiidget It's like we're all rearranging deck chairs til the revolution comes. #critlib
  217. @fiiidget Yep. WP model of "everyone as info source" disrupts narrative that's historically been white cishet Christian normative. #critlib
  218. @fiiidget Agree + jealously over gatekeeping knowledge. Begs Lacanian question: Why do we need jealously to maintain our identity? #critlib
  219. A5 I became a Wikipedian for the same reasons I became a librarian. Information access. Taking down the patriarchy. #critlib
  220. A5. I think a lot of this distrust comes from reluctance to acknowledge expertise in people w/o instutional recognition #critlib
  221. A5: Reliance on traditional modes of authority (print, scholarly) is easy. Understanding new means of producing information is hard #critlib
  222. #critlib A5. I think argument that librarians/college profs are afraid of WP or don't trust it is primarily a straw man at this point.
  223. A5. Historically, libs were gatekeepers of information. WP model of everyone as a knowledge source resulted in it being maligned. #critlib
  224. Other faculty worse on this. "No WP" all over syllabus/assignments, hasn't come from my mouth in yrs. #critlib  https://twitter.com/oksveta/status/768263525290483712 
  225. A5 If you want to change the wikibrarian convo, join the listserv! It's pretty quiet, but we can fix that #critlib  https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/libraries 
  226. @megwacha I can't believe I haven't been calling myself a wikibrarian already. Changing that now. #critlib
  227. A5: Love all of the answers to this question! Changing notion of what is "real evidence", not what is scholarly or traditional #critlib
  228. I have collided with "notability" issues in trying to break in to WP. Same old walls, y'all hear?. #critlib
  229. A5: Authority, authority, authority...of librarians to collect/select, of info publishers to select what's worthy. #critlib
  230. I'm wondering if #critlib Q5 a bit slanted. "Malign" implies unwarranted criticism, but we've seen plenty of basis for criticism in-chat.
  231. Pitches

  232. if you are new, #critpitch = share announcements, resources, CFPs, etc relevant to chat or #critlib at large  https://twitter.com/oksveta/status/768265607204646912 
  233. Dr. Carla Hayden nominated & confirmed as LofC. Her entry barely updated. Librarians should enhance that WP article. LOTS OF US! #critlib
  234. #CRITPITCH yaaaaaas: the month of September, read the @lisjournalclub article + talk about it with us on #lisjc! #critlib
  235. Want to do some #critlib editing? Watch this space, and reach out to me, @sveta and/or @nora_almeida to help organize something(s)!!
  236. 1 thing I think WP underrated on: rapid response to new events & interests. (In contrast, *still* no "Black Lives Matter" LCSH/NA.) #critlib
  237. @JMarkOckerbloom Not true. Black Lives Matter Movement #LCSH is approved as of August 2016. Not sure of timeline, but it's coming. #critlib
  238. Just asked gf, "Do I have anything for the #critlib #critpitch?" "I do not know what that means." So. I guess that means no!
  239. Another great #critlib chat! So grateful for this little corner of the internet: always learning & challenging status quo. Keeps me engaged
  240. Thanks everyone for a great discussion!! And thanks to @oksveta for co-modding, and the absent @nora_almeida for helping to plan #critlib
  241. #critlib think for faculty being agst wp it is bec students literally copy&paste from wp/ they think it is free text to use without citing
  242. I've been out of #critlib for a while, & this was a great convo to come back in on! Thanks @megwacha @oksveta @fiiidget !
  243. #critlib thanks all very interesting and engaging conversation
  244. Thanks @fiiidget & @nora_almeida for being fantastic co-mods! & Thanks #critlib for a great chat... I have missed participating in these!
  245. Thank you to the organizers & everyone who participated in tonight's #critlib chat! Great to hear so many voices.