Wikipedian events: inclusion and accessibility

The ETCL/UVic Libraries Honorary Resident Wikipedian this year is Silvia Gutiérrez De la Torre, the Digital Humanities Librarian at El Colegio de México in Mexico City. Silvia is a fantastic, energetic librarian who is interested in issues related to equity and diversity. She will be giving a couple of talks in October. Please join us if you’re able. Calendar invitations are attached.


Barriers to Diversity in Wikipedia: The Importance of the Worlds We Don’t Know About

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

10:00am – 11:00am

Via Zoom – please register

We’ve seen monolithic narratives in action: they can form parties, they can create countries. However, in a world collapsing from climate change and social inequalities, we need to do better than that. We need to embrace diversity, and in order to care, we ought to learn. Wikipedia, as one of the most visited websites in the world, could be a good place to start. The bad news is it is not quite there yet. The good news is we can do something about it. In this talk, UVic’s Honorary Resident Wikipedian, Silvia Gutiérrez De la Torre, will address barriers to diversity in Wikipedia. This public lecture is sponsored by UVic Libraries and the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab.

Web Accessibility Workshop and Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Thursday, October 22, 2020

10:00am – 12:00pm

Via Zoom – please register


Authoring Effective Alternative Text Descriptions (10-11): Adam Wilton and Jennifer Jesso from the Accessibility Resource Centre BC will offer this free workshop for anyone who would like to create more accessible web content. Learn how to author and use alt-text descriptions effectively to ensure that your web content is available to all researchers, including those who are using screen readers and other forms of access technology.

Wikipedia Accessibility Edit-a-thon (11-12): Learn how to edit Wikipedia’s image database in this free workshop with UVic’s Honorary Resident Wikipedian, Silvia Gutiérrez De la Torre, and UVic’s Digital Scholarship Librarian, Matt Huculak. This accessibility edit-a-thon will walk you through the process of creating an account, uploading your images, and creating alt-tags and image descriptions to help make Wikipedia more usable for all humans.