Whiteghost and Liam, it's an excellent turn of events. And getting a critical mass among state libraries, so that they'll talk to each other about chapter-initiated moves to free up more of their cultural content – that will be a bonus.
T On 22/03/2013, at 6:31 PM, Liam Wyatt wrote: > As someone who has been working with Whiteghost.ink in the GLAM space in > Sydney, with the SLNSW specifically, and in a wide variety of other ways for > many years, I am extremely happy and proud of this announcement! In a way it > is the payoff from having the first ever GLAM-Wiki conference in Canberra > back in 2009 (that's my claim at least!) > > I'm not forgetting the great work with WiR that has happened in other > libraries around the world, significant ongoing collaboration projects with > other libraries in Australia, and Wikimedia Australia's ongoin relationship > with the Paralympic commission (including the associated WiR there). However, > being a Sydneysider whose first love is History means that I have a strong > affinity for the Library, its collections and its cultural status. So, it is > fantastic that across the whole country it should be the first GLAM to have a > Wikipedian-in-Residence in the country! > > Congratulations :-) > > Liam / Wittylama > > On Friday, 22 March 2013, G. White wrote: > 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. > > Whiteghost.ink > > > -- > wittylama.com > Peace, love & metadata > _______________________________________________ > Wikimediaau-l mailing list > Wikimediaaufirstname.lastname@example.org > https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/wikimediaau-l ___________________ Tony Souter *Fixed-line phone: +612 42633401 *Mobile: 0450 717627 (+61450 717627), but usually not switched on *Skype: tonysouter *Street address: 1/29 Tarrant Ave, Kiama Downs 2533, Australia
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