Education/News/April 2020/Featured education community member of April 2020

Author: Lucie Schubert. Education Manager, Wikimedia Czech Republic

Social Media channels or hashtags: #EduWikiLeaderSeries

Summary: Starting November 2019, we are highlighting a Wikimedian who is impacting or who has been impacted by Wikimedia & Education work. For March, In this article meet Helena Dvořáková as she is working to support senior editors through Wiki Clubs in Prague.

Helena (second from the right in the top row) with a group of Wikipedians

This month's nomination comes from Lucie Schubert, education manager from Wikimedia Czech Republic, who introduces us to Helena Dvořáková:

Helena Dvořáková is a librarian from the National Library of the Czech Republic and a relatively recent Wikipedian, who in addition to editing, got involved in educational activities and became a trainer of the courses "Seniors write Wikipedia" where she helps her peers to become Wikipedians.

Helena started editing based on the "Describe Landmark" challenge two years ago. She says that the most helpful in the early days, when she was as a complete newcomer, was to go to one of the regular Prague Wikiclub* and ask a few things directly to couple of experienced Wikipedians. In addition to articles on landmarks, she mainly contribute with topics related to Czech history.

As a system librarian with experience in teaching library system users, she has also embarked on refining Wikipedia Help pages. She likes to help newcomers and realizes how often Wikipedia manuals are incomprehensible. She initiated, for example, a complete revision of the main intersection to all manuals on Czech Wikipedia and the creation of a friendlier environment for newcomers. Since last year she has also become a lecturer of Wikimedia ČR. She first helped at several librarians' training, edit-a-thon WikiGap, and then embarked on courses for seniors. After training as a co-lecturer, she had already led two courses and "educated" several new Wikipedians. This year she is looking forward to deliver more of the senior courses.

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