In 2022 one of the oldest universities in Northern Europe, University of Tartu (UT) celebrates its 390th anniversary. In WMEE we also decided to organise an event to recognise the important milestone. Together with the University of Tartu Museum, we created a virtual exhibition which is dedicated to history of medicine in UT. The specific theme of the exhibition is "Physical Anthropology in University of Tartu" and its co-author together with WMEE GLAM project manager Kerdo Kristjan Tamm is UT lector of the history of medicine Ken Kalling (MA). It was completed at the beginning of May 2022 and is available only in Estonian.
The exhibition is remarkable in many ways, one of which is its original and very rare collection of various medical equipment of the UT scientists from the II half of the 19th century until the beginning of the 20th century. In addition, the written part of the exhibition which supports the visual is substantial, detailed in facts and written fully in academic style. The exhibition about the medical history in University of Tartu could be an interesting experience to an ordinary visitor of Wikipedia as well as study material for the medical students in their academic pursuits. Visit the exhibition´s visual part here.
Librarians actively complementing Wikiquotes
As was mentioned in our March´s newsletter, WMEE is celebrating the Estonian Year of Libraries 2022 by organising a event where librarians all over the country are asked to complement Wikiquotes with memorable quotes from their favourite novels, poems etc. During April we launched the project on Tartu Public Library, the second-largest library in Estonia. The idea was well-accepted by the management and within a few weeks, more than 30 new quotes was gathered. The most active librarian Aimi Tedresalu was also rewarded by WMEE with a valuable gift card from different book stores. Tartu Public Library was left entirely satisfied with the enterprise and complemented Estonian Wikiquotes very professionally.
We are now planning to make this a nationwide project! At the end of May, we held a virtual meeting where in addition to our communication manager the heads of the Year of Libraries and Estonian Librarians Association participated. We agreed on taking the project to a national level whilst they help WMEE with marketing and communication in a way which reaches every library in Estonia. We have set a goal to add at least 1,000 new quotes by the end of 2022 when the Year of Libraries ends. We hope to attract many librarians all over Estonia to make remarkable contributions to Estonian Wikiquotes and introduce Wikimedia in Libraries under a new interesting and fun angle!