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November 2019 Newsletter, Volume 141


This month, two of the OTW’s projects celebrated major milestones, as Fanlore hit 50,000 pages and AO3 turned 10 years old.

Communications made a series of posts marking the AO3’s 10-year anniversary, which fell on November 14. We spoke to a number of staffers who have been with the OTW since the early days about some of the challenges they had faced, as well as about their favorite parts of working for the OTW and some of their predictions for the future. The hard work of the Translation committee meant that we were able to publish these posts in 24 languages. Read More

OTW Celebrates

International Volunteer Day 2019

Since 1985, December 5th has been designated International Volunteer Day by the United Nations. It’s a day to honour and celebrate volunteerism around the world. Everything the OTW does is made possible by the work of volunteers, and today we’re saying thank you.

The OTW currently has 812 volunteers across 18 different committees. (That’s 101 more than this time last year!) They’re located all over the world, working countless unpaid hours to keep the OTW’s projects going. It’s thanks to volunteers that we have Archive of Our Own, Fanlore, Open Doors, Transformative Works and Cultures, Legal Advocacy, and more.

The work of volunteers is what makes the OTW’s mission–to provide access to and preserve the history of fanworks–feasible on our limited budget. To all our volunteers, whether brand new, or with us since the beginning twwelve years ago, we are so grateful, and we couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you for making all of this possible.

Interesting in learning more about what volunteering for the OTW is like? Check our our Five Things an OTW Volunteer Said series!