A Wikipedian in Residence, as defined by Wikipedia, is a "Wikipedia editor [who] accepts a placement with an institution to facilitate Wikipedia entries related to that institution." These positions are associated with Wikipedia's GLAM WikiProject (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) initiative, which focuses on improving Wikipedia's coverage of topics related to the cultural sector.
As our Wikipedian in Residence, Max Klein will work with OCLC Research as community coordinator to explore and pursue mutually beneficial projects between OCLC, library stakeholders, and the Wikipedia community through a range of activities, including working with OCLC staff and libraries to help foster a broader understanding of Wikipedia's practices. He will initially focus on two goals: working with OCLC staff and libraries to help foster a broader understanding of Wikipedia's practices, and launching an inquiry into what technological integration is possible both technically and politically.
Max has a BA in Mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley. While a student, he lead and facilitated a student-run course on the Politics of Piracy which incorporated editing on Wikipedia. He also served, recruited and lectured as a Regional Ambassador as part of Wikipedia's Education Program.
Read Merrilee Proffitt's HangingTogether blog post about Max's appointment,
"Welcome our resident Wikipedian!"
Read Merrilee Proffitt's earlier HangingTogether blog post about our Wikipedian
in Residence position, "Wanted: A resident Wikipedian"
Read Wikipedia's definition of a Wikipedian in Residence