Friday, June 12, 2009

When Wikipedia Meets the Library

The Magazines and Newspapers Center will present a program on Wednesday, June 17, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.—When Wikipedia Meets the Library: A Case Study from the University of San Francisco:

In Spring 2009, twelve students enrolled in Professor David Silver’s Digital Media Production class were assigned the task of overhauling the Wikipedia page for the University of San Francisco (USF). Required to work individually and collaboratively, and with resources from the Web and from USF’s Gleeson Library, the students’ goal was three-fold: to learn how Wikipedia works, to learn more about the university they attend, and to share their research with the rest of the world. In this talk, Professor Silver shares what happened.

David Silver is an assistant professor of Media Studies and the director of the Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies at the University of San Francisco. Together with Sarah Washburn, he is the co-director of The September Project.

- Address: 100 Larkin St. (at Grove)
- Location: Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Community Meeting Room B
- Event Date and Time: Wednesday, June 17, 2009 (6 to 7:30 p.m.)


Greg Pabst said...

We haven't allowed Public Speaking students to use Wikipedia as a cited source for their research - though I'm rethinking this as wikipedia matures.
Will try to make it!

SFPL Magazines and Newspapers Center Staff said...

Yes--thank you for your comment. Wikipedia, like Google, functions well as a starting point for research. Wikipedia does contain some useful information on cutting-edge technologies and popular culture topics that may not be easily found elsewhere. The challenge still lies, however, in evaluating that information to verify its accuracy.