Kansas City Public Library Hires A Dedicated ‘Wikipedian-In-Residence’

        Revealed August 5, 2021 at 3:43 PM CDT
                                        Miranda Pratt is taking on the mantel of Wikipedian-In-Residence for the Kanas Metropolis Public Library. 

Pratt's place inside the library is that of an advocate — tasked with rising engagement and understanding in Kansas Metropolis surrounding the free on-line encyclopedia Wikipedia.org.

"With this place, I am sort of creating group consciousness that we are able to all write our historical past collectively on Wikipedia," Pratt mentioned in an interview with KCUR's Up To Date.

Though the Kansas Metropolis Public Library calls this place the "the primary Wikipedian-In-Residence appointed by a public library in america," there are different establishments that home related positions.

The Wikimedian-In-Residence Exchange Network connects Wikipedians from completely different organizations for skilled networking and information-sharing.

"It is a world community," Pratt mentioned. "There's somebody who works on the U.N. who's a Wikipedian-In-Residence they usually do very various things than somebody who works on the Smithsonian who's a Wikipedian-In-Residence."

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A graduate of the KC Artwork Institute, Pratt was launched to the web encyclopedia by way of an internship on the Nelson Atkins Museum of Artwork, which was centered round writing a Wikpedia article on an individual who hadn't beforehand been included. 

Throughout their analysis, Pratt discovered a company referred to as Art + Feminism whose aim is to "improve gender illustration on Wikipedia and shut content material gaps." From then on, Pratt centered on underrepresented communities and one of the simplest ways to get them concerned within the enhancing course of.

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