photo credit Gabor Eszes, cc-sa

about me

Wikimedian, free culture advocate and leader, librarian.

@ the Met. cc-by-sa by Sage Ross


  • I am the co-author of How Wikipedia Works, published in 2008 by No Starch Press. It's about how to use, understand and contribute to Wikipedia, the extraordinary free online encyclopedia. I am proud that the book was originally licensed under the GFDL and was re-licensed under CC-BY-SA. You can find the text and more about the authors here (text courtesy of the Internet Archive) and there's an editable version here.

projects & affiliations

@ Wikimania 2006

  • I am an academic reference, instruction and collections librarian at the Physical Sciences & Engineering Library at the University of California, Davis, specializing in electrical engineering, physics, computer science, earth sciences and atmospheric sciences. You can see my research guides for these areas here.
  • I am a member of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees; my current term goes from 2013-2015. I also served a term from 2010-2012. My first term I was selected by the chapters; my second, elected by the community. The Board is the governing body for the Wikimedia Foundation, which hosts Wikipedia and her sister projects.
  • I help libraries work with Wikipedia. See our outreach wiki and my 2013-4 project at the UC Davis libraries.
  • I was general conference chair for WikiSym 2010, the sixth annual International Symposium on Wikis and Open Collaboration, held in Gdansk Poland with Wikimania. WikiSym is an annual symposium about wiki and collaborative technologies, held in Europe and North America.
  • I was the 2011 chair of the Sierra Nevada chapter of the Special Libraries Association, and am still involved in various capacities (especially as web manager). The SLA is an international professional library association; our chapter covers the Sacramento Valley/Western Nevada.
  • find me on Wikipedia here. I also, to a lesser extent, regularly edit Wikivoyage, Wikimedia Commons, Meta (the Wikimedia coordination wiki), and Spanish Wikipedia.
  • I've been involved with most of the Wikimania conferences as an organizer, presenter, and bid jury member. And I have attended all of them: 10 years as of London 2014!
  • C.V. (as of 2012)

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