Australia and New Zealand report
"Wikipedia and Libraries" series with ALIA
Throughout October and November, Wikimedia Australia (WMAU) volunteers embarked on a series of "Wikipedia and Libraries" presentations delivered across the country to members of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) — the peak professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector. The talks served as a general beginners guide to Wikipedia, as well as describing the Wikimedia movement, its relationship with the GLAM sector, and examples of how Wikipedia and the Library sector can work together.
These events had one of the widest geographic footprints of any Wikimedia Australia program, with talks attended by a combined total of approximately 280 people across seven widely dispersed Australian cities: Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane. Wikipedians involved in the talks included Pru.mitchell, our primary liaison with ALIA, as well as presenters Gnangarra, Bilby, Chuq, Steven Zhang, Whiteghost.ink and Lankiveil. Live tweets from some of the talks can be found under the #aliawikip hashtag.
The presentations are part of a larger partnership between ALIA and WMAU, which also includes representation at the ALIA National Conference in October (see last month's report) and a series of editing workshops across the country to be run in 2015 by professional librarians who are also experienced Wikipedians. Having registered their interest in advance and attended these presentations, trainees will be able to bring an understanding of the principles, practice and range of WM projects to the workshops. We expect that will allow more time in the training sessions for skill development.
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