Rachel Helps (BYU)
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|Occupation||Coordinator of Wikipedia initiatives|
|Employer||Brigham Young University|
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Most of my edits are on pages related to Brigham Young University's library collections (see below). This is my account for edits I make for work. I make personal edits under the account Rwelean. I usually work Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. I am on the editorial board for the WikiJournal of Humanities.
The Harold B. Lee has a work-in-progress GLAM page. I'm also interested in ways library special collections can be used as sources on Wikipedia while staying within Wikipedia's guidelines for reliable sources (see this discussion). Thank you for your patience as I learn how to edit Wikipedia!
Conflict of Interest StatementEdit
I am the Coordinator of Wikipedia Initiatives at the Harold B. Lee Library. I am employed by Brigham Young University (BYU) to improve Wikipedia. I'll do my best to maintain an neutral POV, but there's no way to eradicate unconscious bias! Please contact me via my talk page if you'd like to make my unconscious bias conscious. :-)
The guideline for cultural professionals states that "disclosure is only necessary where compensation has been promised or received in exchange for a particular contribution." My compensation is hourly and not contingent on any particular contribution. However, curators and other librarians sometimes request that I work on certain pages.
My student workersEdit
I employ student workers to assist with editing Wikipedia. My current student is:
Former student workersEdit
Presentations and handouts I've madeEdit
I've made some content to help others learn about various aspects of Wikipedia and Wikimedia. Please feel free to reuse them as long as you credit me as the original author.
- Guide to Writing Children's Book Pages on Wikipedia - This is an in-depth guide I made for our Coretta Scott King Award edit-a-thon in February 2019.
- How to track and increase page views for images on the Wikimedia Commons - short presentation I gave at 2018 Wikiconference North America. Depending on when you're reading this, the tracking tools may or may not still work.
- Mix'n'match and your data - another presentation I gave at 2018 Wikiconference North America. Mix'n'match is a tool you can use to link database records to their corresponding Wikidata items. This could be part of a "linked data" initiative at your library! Wikidata is still in an early phase where everyone is adding stuff. I like to think of contributing to Wikidata as making deposits in a databank. The more everyone contributes good data, the more it will be useful to everyone (we hope).
- Editing Wikipedia as a PR Person - some people think that PR people shouldn't edit Wikipedia at all, but I don't think we can stop them. Let's teach them how they can contribute.
- Dreamyshade has an excellent "Wikipedia in 15 minutes" presentation. I made a handout based on the presentation for a volunteer organization at BYU that usually works with family history and record transcription. It has a lot of information specific to their group, but maybe you will find it helpful.
- Simple English Wikipedia - a presentation I gave to a linguistics class to prepare them for an assignment to "translate" a page from English Wikipedia to Simple English Wikipedia. Be sure to see the notes on each slide for the relevant information--I give a nice overview of what linguists have done with Simple English Wikipedia in the notes on slide 4. Also, I have since found out that copy-pasting from VE to VE is effective and retains references (so copy-pasting from source editor to another source editor isn't required). There may be issues with other page elements, however.
Pages I've worked onEdit
- Lucinda Lee Dalton - early Mormon feminist and frequent writer in The Exponent
- Desideria Quintanar de Yáñez - first woman baptized in the LDS Church in Mexico
- Alice Louise Reynolds - first woman professor at BYU
- Maurine Whipple - author of the Mormon epic The Giant Joshua (1941)
- Nellie Gubler - local historian in southern Utah
- Celestia Taylor - early BYU professor in English and writer for Relief Society magazine
- Claudia Lauper Bushman - Mormon historian who helped found Exponent II
- Sandra Tayler - author and editor
- Belle S. Spafford (nominated) - 9th Relief Society president
- Traci Hunter Abramson - popular writer of spy novels
- Cynthia B. Lee - CS professor at Stanford
- Wendy Watson Nelson - former professor of Marriage and Family Therapy; wife of LDS President Russel M. Nelson
- Julia Mavimbela - teacher and early convert in South Africa
- Newel K. Whitney
- Priddy Meeks (nominated)
- Leonard Arrington
- Roger P. Minert
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ireland
- Black people and Mormonism
- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in South Africa
- Mormon studies
- Joseph Forbes (educator)
- Hugh Nibley
- Glen Nelson
- Brian Kershisnik
- Annie Poon
- List of Mormon cartoonists
- Portrayal of Mormons in comics
- Matt Page (artist)
- Charles Roscoe Savage
- Mormon folklore
- William A. Wilson (folklorist)
- Mormon fiction
- Maurine Whipple
- Vardis Fisher
- The Giant Joshua
- Crawford Gates
Q: Hey Rachel, isn't working on the Harold B. Lee Library's page a conflict of interest, since you work there?
A: Yes, I did have a conflict of interest! I wasn't going to edit the page, but a previous copyvio put the page out of commission. I completely rewrote it so a page would exist. My edit history is available for anyone to examine. Other editors looked over the page. COI editing is strongly discouraged but allowed when the editing is within Wikipedia's content guidelines. I'm happy to talk about it more if you have questions.
- Harold B. Lee Library
- Education in Zion Gallery
- Primrose International Viola Archive
- David Dalton (violist)
- Mildred Dilling
- Carlos Salzedo
- Merian C. Cooper
- Max Steiner filmography
- Betty Paoli (nominated)
- Simon de Colines
- Zenna Henderson
- May Mann
- Didymus the Blind
- Topaz War Relocation Center
- Ebensee concentration camp