University of Maryland, College Park
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
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
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.
Candidates must be a registered Wikipedia contributor for at least one year,
in good standing, and with knowledge of Wikipedia standards and practices.
Candidates must be comfortable working independently to meet deadlines and
Student or graduate of a library science graduate program accredited by the
American Library Association or equivalent professional degree. Interest in
the Open or GLAM-Wiki Movements.
Demonstrated experience performing statistical analysis, knowledge of existing
tools and APIs for Wikipedia and demonstrated experience using APIs, and some
coding experience are preferred.
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