great news,

On 22 March 2013 15:31, Liam Wyatt <> wrote:

> As someone who has been working with 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.
> --
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