I agree. This is excellent news! Congratulations, Gillian and State Library of 
New South Wales! I have no doubt that a lot of great things are going to be 
achieved :-)

From: Kerry Raymond [mailto:kerry.raym...@gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, 22 March 2013 4:32 PM
To: 'Wikimedia Australia Chapter'; 'Wikimedia Chapters cultural partners 
coordination'; 'WMAu members'
Cc: 'Mylee Joseph'
Subject: [wmau:members] RE: [Wikimediaau-l] Australian Wikipedian in Residence

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


 [mailto:wikimediaau-l-boun...@lists.wikimedia.org] 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<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/State_Library_of_New_South_Wales>), 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<http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/title/35>). 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<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:GLAM/SLNSW>). 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 
 indigenous and original materials, convict women, convict artists, the 
crossing of the Blue 
 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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