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Wikipedia Editathon: Editing for Equity

Join librarians in the Valley Library as we create and improve Wikipedia articles about award-winning books. We will focus on books by BIPOC authors.


What is an editathon?

Editing for Equity: Improving Wikipedia coverage of award-winning books by BIPOC authors

#EveryBookItsReader Wikimedia campaign logo. An illustration of a human figuring being carried away by a bundle of books on a string.lJoin librarians at Oregon State University on April 21 from 1:00 - 4:00 to create and improve Wikipedia articles about books! We will focus our efforts on improving the coverage of award-winning books by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) authors.

Everyone is welcome! If you're new to Wikipedia editing, we suggest attending a Zoom training. For more information, see below, ANYONE CAN EDIT WIKIPEDIA.

Millions of people benefit from information about books across Wikimedia projects. Quality Wikipedia book articles recap plots; summarize professional reviews, literary criticism, and public reception; and list awards received. Among those who benefit are the professions associated with books including authors, librarians, publishers, editors, translators, and booksellers. A quality article minimizes the investigative efforts required by readers and professionals to learn about a book. Librarians benefit when reviews are not behind paywalls, independent booksellers benefit when they can easily find book summaries, and publishers benefit when they can learn how their publications are being received around the world.

An illustration of three people editing a Wikipedia articleWikipedia articles about books are read millions of times every year; for example, over the past 90 days in English Wikipedia Their Eyes Were Watching God was viewed 69,000 times; in Spanish Wikipedia Como agua para chocolate was viewed 25,000 times (Like Water for Chocolate in English: 28,000 times); and in Portuguese Wikipedia O Alquimista was viewed 10,000 times (The Alchemist in English: 198,000 times).

This OSU editathon event, Editing for Equity, is part of a larger Wikimedia campaign taking place in various locations around the world during the month of April. The #EveryBookItsReader campaign is focused on improving quality coverage of books, literature, and oral stories in Wikimedia projects, including Wikipedia.

Anyone can edit Wikipedia!

Are you new to editing Wikipedia? Interested in signing up for a username and getting some editing experience before the OSU editathon?

Join us for small-group personalized training! Training will be offered twice, via Zoom, before the editathon and registration for each group will be limited to five.

What should you bring to the editathon?

We will provide everything you need at the editathon! Including snacks! But if you have a laptop, please bring it.

We are compiling a list of book articles that need to be created or improved. Please let us know if there are award-winning books that should be added.


If you have any questions, please contact Laurie Bridges,

Access and Accomodations

  • Accommodations related to a disability for this event should be made by a week before the event to OSU Libraries & Press via, 541-737-1350 or via