GLAM/Newsletter/April 2015/Contents/Catalan areas report
First Ever edit-a-thon in Andorra
On April 11th the first ever edit-a-thon in Andorra was held in the National Library of the country. It was co-organized by Amical Wikimedia, the Public Library of the Andorra Government, and the National Library of Andorra. The goal of the event was to expand and improve the article on Esteve Albert, a writer, historian and culture promoter who has a strong relationship with the country; also, other related articles were created or improved, and the article was translated into Spanish. It is also worth mentioning that Albert's heirs provided Wikimedia Commons with two pictures of their father which have been added to the article.
The local newspaper Diari d'Andorra published a news item the next day covering the event.
A conference onf the future of public libraries took place on April 18 at Alguero's Mediterranian Library Mediterranean. Espai Llull convened a series of professionals to present their ideas about the present and the future of library facilities and on strategies to promote better understanding. Carme Fenoll, head of Catalan public library network, explained the success story of the Catalan library system, which this year celebrates its centenary celebrating the Year of the libraries. Àlex Hinojo, from Amical, presented Wikipedia as an excellent tool for disseminating knowledge from a collaborative basis. Watching Alghero Wikipedia entry, Hinojo exposed the impact of Wikipedia and encouraged the participants of the conference to join as volunteers in this worldwide project, highlighting the existing oportunity to minority languages. Finally, he presented the ongoing collaborative project with Catalan public libraries. The large audience that filled the auditorium also had some time to address questions to the guests and to offer their thoughts, all aimed at strengthening the role of libraries in society.
We started with museums, we moved to libraries...and now is Archives time!
Amical Wikimedia has reached an agreement with the Catalan Association of Archivists to schedule some GLAMwiki workshops in all Catalonia's 4 provinces (Barcelona, Girona, Lleida & Tarragona). The idea is to reproduce the success story that we are experiencing with public libraries but with Archivists sector, doing 4 hours workshops where we explain What is Wikipedia, how to edit, how to get information from it (stats), how to use it to disseminate the knowledge of a cultural institution and how to organize events. We also talk about Wikimedia Commons and Wikidata. We are really looking forward to this new collaboration project, as the A is one of the smallests letters of our GLAMwiki programme.