This is a fantastic achievement for both you and the library! I wish you all
every success in this project!






[] On Behalf Of G. White
Sent: Friday, 22 March 2013 3:22 PM
To: Wikimedia Chapters cultural partners coordination; Wikimedia-au; WMAu
Cc: Mylee Joseph
Subject: [Wikimediaau-l] Australian Wikipedian in Residence


Dear Australian Wikimedian and Cultural Partnerships teams,

I'm extremely pleased to announce that this week I started as
Wikipedian-in-Residence at the State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW
<> ), which is
our oldest library and has a collection of global importance, including
significant rare books, manuscripts and objects. It is a place to which
almost every Australian scholar would pay homage. This is the first time
there has been a Wikipedian-in-Residence in an Australian cultural
institution and it has it has taken some time to work through the
administrative processes to establish the position. As some of you know,
Wikimedia Australia has been doing a lot of work with libraries locally.
Most recently we were the major sponsors at the annual librarians conference
and over the last couple of years we have been travelling to regional areas
to deliver training to the local librarians (in partnership with several of
the State Libraries). SLNSW also has a partnership with the National Library
in Canberra, which is digitising Australian newspapers and linking the
records back to the respective Wikipedia articles (example
<> ). Most significantly is that the
SLNSW has been been building up a strong relationship with us recently and
myself and other local Wikimedians have been delivered several training
workshops to an in-house team of librarians who are contributing references
and content to Wikipedia as part of their day-to-day work (project page
<> ). You can see there
that a lot of the content we've been targeting for the team to write is the
articles about the newspapers that have now been digitised. 

My WiR position reports to the Leader of the library's Innovation Project
(Mylee Joseph, cc'd here), who is the instigator of that team. Since my term
as WiR is for one day a week over 14 weeks, and the scope of work is
excitingly ambitious, it is this team that will make it possible to achieve
what one part time Resident could not. They are a keen and capable group.
The Residency has been established to provide training, coaching, guidance,
specialist advice to staff, evaluation of related projects as well as
assistance with process mapping and benchmarking so that other Australian
libraries can benefit from SLNSW's experience. In terms of content, as well
as the newspapers, my Residency is likely to be involved in work on articles
on the The
100 Objects Exhibition, indigenous and original materials, convict women,
convict artists, the crossing of the Blue Mountains
and Australia's involvement in World War I.


I am glad this group has paved the way and am very excited about the
possibilities before us! I will post updates here and in the "This Month in
GLAM" report. I will also probably come here to ask questions and seek
feedback and help. I hope that the process mapping and benchmarking would
also be useful to similar projects elsewhere.

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