Open Access Week at Vanderbilt Library

International Open Access Week is October 19th through the 25th. Vanderbilt Library is holding two Open Access Week events.

Open Access Week provides an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access the norm in scholarship and research.

This year’s Open Access Week theme is all about collaboration. We have chosen to focus on Wikipedia as a collaborative public knowledge platform. We are encouraging students, faculty, staff, and the public to attend two Wikipedia edit-a-thons at the Vanderbilt Libraries. An edit-a-thon brings together a group of people for a few hours to edit Wikipedia around a certain theme.

  • Women in Architecture Edit-a-Thon
    Thursday October 15th from 11am to 7pm in Special Collections. We hope to increase the coverage of women in Wikipedia in conjunction with the global edit-a-thon organized by the Guggenheim museum. Lunch and refreshments will be served.
  • “Citation Needed” Edit-a-Thon
    Friday October 23rd from 12-5pm in the Learning Commons at Peabody Library.
    The second edit-a-thon will bring together Wikipedia editors to increase the authority of the encyclopedia by adding citations where ‘citation needed’ flags are present in Wikipedia. We encourage librarians to attend for any portion of the event and help participants do research using Vanderbilt resources. Lunch and refreshments will be served.


Please help spread the word by sharing this information with your friends and colleagues. All are welcome! Resources will be available for beginner level Wikipedia editors. Contact Ed Warga ( with questions.

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