It’s getting to be that time of year again: International Fanworks Day is right around the corner! We celebrate IFD on the 15th of February, which this year will fall on a Saturday. 2020 marks our sixth annual celebration, and we are very excited to keep the tradition alive! Read More
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!
If you haven’t heard of Fanlore, it’s a multi-fandom, free and open wiki that was designed to be a living, evolving record of fandom’s past and present: created by fans, and maintained by fans. Like AO3, Fanlore was launched in 2008, and since then, fans have made more than 900,000 edits across more than 50,000 pages to record tropes, communities, meta, memes, fanworks, fannish perspectives and much more. Read More