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
> 
> 
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> Peace, love & metadata
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