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GLAM Wiki Summit Toronto 2019

GLAM Wiki Summit Toronto 2019
May 23rd, 2019 at Ryerson University Library & Archives



Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums (GLAM) professionals, Wikipedians, and community members are invited to a one-day summit focused on the ways Wikimedia projects such as Wikipedia, Wikidata, and the Wikimedia Commons can increase the impact of collections and provide opportunities for community engagement.

Participants will hear examples and find inspiration of the ways the Wikimedia projects are actively being used and the different pathways this participation can take. A keynote talk will be delivered by Effie Kapsalis, Smithsonian Institute. Other speakers will include Benoit Rochon, Wikimedia Canada; Dawn Bazely, York University, Amy Furness, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and John Dupuis, York University.

There will also be opportunities for discussion and workshopping on Wikimedia project strategies for GLAM institutions.

This meeting is an extension of the Music in Canada @ 150 Wikipedia project.

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The Summit will be held on Thursday, May 23rd, 2019.


The Summit will be held at Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario.
LIB405 (4th floor), Ryerson University Library & Archives, 350 Victoria Street.
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Due to construction on Gould, we suggest you enter the Library via the Student Learning Centre (SLC) at 341 Yonge street which is one block north of Yonge and Dundas, at the corner of Gould and Yonge Streets.

The closest TTC station is Dundas.

The SLC opens at 8:30 am. There is an elevator on the right side of the stairs & ramp, which takes you to the front doors of the SLC. Once inside the SLC atrium, take the stairs or elevator to the 3rd floor, walk through the doors to the Library. Once in the Library, take the stairs or elevator to the 4th floor. There will be student assistants on hand to help with wayfinding.

If you get lost or are having difficulties finding the location call Trina’s cell number - which you will have received by email if you're registered.

To find a spot to park your bike, visit the Ryerson campus map and select “Bicycle Parking” in the legend.

Where to park a car:

4 accessible parking options are here:


Caption: GLAM Wiki Toronto Schedule
Time Title Participants
9 am - 9:15 am Welcome & Introduction Carol Shepstone, University Library, Ryerson; Stacy Allison-Cassin, York University
9:15 am - 10:00 am Keynote Effie Kapsalis, Senior Digital Program Officer, Smithsonian Institute
10:00 am - 10:20 am Break Everyone
10:20 am - 12:00 pm Wikimedia Canada & GLAM initiatives Benoit Rochon, Wikimedia Canada
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm Lunch Everyone
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm Panel: GLAM models for participation: Campaigns, and Wikimedian-in-Residence Amy Furness, Art Gallery of Ontario; Dawn Bazely, York University; John Dupuis, York University, Alex Jung, University of Toronto
2:00 pm - 2:15 pm Break Everyone
2:15 pm - 3:45 pm "Birds of a Feather" break-out group discussions Everyone
3:45 pm - 4:00 pm Closing Organizing Team

If you would like to continue discussion after the event we will having an informal gathering at Duke’s Refresher, down the street at Yonge and Gerrard.

Birds of a Feather discussion session


We are planning to conduct multiple small-group discussions in the afternoon, each of which will be moderated by a speaker or administrator with relevant experience.

Public note-taking will be done using the Wikimedia Foundation's Etherpad installation. Etherpad is a collaborative and open text-document creation platform. Everything written in the discussion notes will be saved elsewhere after the event is done:



Wifi will be available. Those coming from other universities should be able to use eduroam.



Coffee and snacks will be served at 10am and 2pm. Lunch is at noon.

If you cannot wait until our first coffee break and are in need of caffeine here are nearby options for coffee and breakfast items:

  • Zavida Coffee Roasters at 382 Yonge St., just south of College Park shopping mall (at College subway TTC station)

Water refill stations are available throughout the building so feel free to bring a reusable water bottle.




  • Effie Kapsalis. "Increasing the representation of women online with Wikipedia." Slides.
  • Dawn Bazley slides



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