Kornhauser libraries host KMLA’s first conference virtually

Kentucky Medical Library Association President Rebecca Morgan, Kornhauser clinical librarian and Tiffney Gipson, KMLA secretary and Kornhauser collections director, launched KMLA’s first conference virtually at the end of July, complete with lightning talks, presentations, and roundtable discussions. 

“Initially there was nothing planned, in fact KMLA has never had a conference,” said Gipson. “We usually just hold meetings once a quarter, we just thought it might be nice to offer the conference as an option because so many have missed out on chances to present due to COVID.”

The virtual conference had 16 attendees from various Kentucky libraries, including Kornhauser, Rowntree Medical Library, University of Kentucky, University of Pikeville, and Sullivan University.  A few UK library students were also invited to attend and present. 

Kornhauser librarians  Riley Sumner and Jessica Petrey gave presentations, and Rebecca Morgan and Mary K. Marlatt presented lightning talks and posters.

“Bekki and I worked on this with our other executive board member and former Kornhauser employee, Lauren Robinson” who is KMLA’s treasurer, said Gipson. 

Typically, Kornhauser librarians attend about 2-4 conference a year – Kentucky Library Association Joint Spring Conference, Medical Library Association Conference, Midwest Medical Library Association Conference, and maybe the American Library Association Conference. However, most were scheduled to occur after the pandemic canceled events across the globe.

“Just about all of those took place after March of this year and while some are still happening virtually, we wanted to take some initiative and create our own conference within KMLA and provide our colleagues with a chance to present and share,“ Gipson said.

The conference was recorded for KMLA members. KMLA is part of a greater, national organization, National Network of the Libraries of Medicine Greater Midwest Region https://nnlm.gov/gmr.


2020 Virtual Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

2020 Virtual Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the University of Louisville.

Announcing the 2020 Virtual Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon hosted by the University of Louisville Libraries! Please join us as we participate in an international effort to close the gap on Wikipedia articles about underrepresented artists, with a special focus on local and regional women. You will create accounts on Wikipedia, learn how to edit articles, and use library resources to add citations and information to existing articles on your artists.

For more information, visit the 2020 Virtual Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon guide.

Why edit Wikipedia articles on women artists?

Wikimedia’s gender trouble is well-documented. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity, however, is not. Content is skewed by the lack of female participation. This represents an alarming absence in an increasingly important repository of shared knowledge.

Who can participate?

UofL faculty, staff, and students of all gender identities and expressions are welcome and encouraged to participate.

How do we participate?

Join the first event on Thursday, May 14, 2-4 pm via Microsoft Teams. Join the second event on Thursday, May 21, 2-4 pm via Microsoft Teams. Please share these links with anyone who may be interested in participating in the virtual events. You can come and go as you choose.

What can we expect from a virtual event?

You will research and edit at your own pace. Your camera and microphone should be turned off unless you are speaking.

Is experience editing Wikipedia required?

No! For the editing-averse, we will provide training on Wikipedia basics and assistance throughout the edit-a-thon. If you don’t already have one, register for a Wikipedia account in advance.

Which Wikipedia articles are we editing?

Please bring your ideas for entries that need updating or creation. Work on a topic of your own or choose from the list of suggested articles. Select an artist you can research using online sources.

How do we get information about women artists?

Consult the databases, e-books, and websites listed on the Remote Resources and Services guide to find research to support your article. We recommend starting with Oxford Art Online

This sounds like a lot of work!

You aren’t expected to write an essay on your chosen artist in a two-hour time period! Here are some ideas for quick and easy edits:

  • Add citations and references
  • Add images of the artist or example artworks
  • Link to other articles on Wikipedia
  • Edit text for clarity or copy edits
  • Add bibliographical information for an artist
  • Add a list of works for artists
  • Look at other Wikipedia pages to see what sections they have that you can easily add for your artist

Do you have a question we haven’t answered here? Email artlib@louisville.edu for more information!