'Wikipedian' hired at Ford presidential library

Published On: Jan 20 2013 05:46:23 AM EST
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -

The Gerald R. Ford Library at the University of Michigan is taking steps to make its collections available for all visitors, even virtual ones.

The university has announced that Michael Barera is the nation's first Wikipedian-in-residence at a presidential library. The School of Information master's student is interning at the presidential library to help bring its collections to life online.

Exhibit specialist Bettina Cousineau said the goal is to reach out to "the broadest possible audience" and make the "content accessible to everyone, everywhere."

Similar positions have been held at other museums and libraries, but this is the first time a presidential library has hosted one. Information available online will include articles about legislation, actions and notable events during Ford's presidency.

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