Harvard’s Houghton Library wants to add to the troves of free information online, and it’s willing to pay someone $16 an hour for 13 weeks to help get it done.
The library is hiring a “Wikipedian-in Residence Assistant” who will be responsible for uploading public domain content and facilitating “the use of such materials by other Wikipedia users,” according to the job posting
Here are a few of the qualifications:
Candidate must be a registered Wikipedian in good standing, with substantial experience in writing and editing Wikipedia articles, and possess knowledge of Wikipedia standards, culture, and rules. Knowledge and experience working with Special Collections preferred.
Other than that, you need to have the standard job skills: attention to detail, problem solving skills, self-starter, etc.
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Who wouldn’t want to have the title “Wikipedian” on their résumé? But one has to wonder, what’s Harvard’s endgame here? Perhaps the library is subscribing to the idea of history being written by the winners.