Basque Country report
The links to the University of the Basque Country are bearing fruit beyond academic curriculum. Following up from the last year experience with Lorea Agirrezabal as Wikipedian in Residence, this April Leire Cano, has taken the task to bridge the gap between Wikipedia and children's literature in Donostia-San Sebastián.
The program, intended to encourage engagement with Wikipedia and expand knowledge of children's literature in collaboration with university, has met with a very positive reception by both participants and involved institutions.
Children and Young Literature Library
The job consists of wikifying children's literature stored in the Children Literature Documention Centre. This time the participant undergraduates of the College of Education get down to create articles related to well-known characters from children novels, as well as folk or author tales. They amount to 17 fiction characters distributed in 17 articles that will be composed by 34 students from instructor Ibon Egaña’s class, the children literature subject in the Education studies.
In addition, this year an 3 hour edit-a-thon was staged on 3 March to visualize the program, reinforce in Wikipedia and encourage production; find further details here.
Wikipedian in Residence
The Wikipedian in residence Leire Cano assists in the above tasks under way, by coordinating and editing materials for Wikipedia publishing, as well as releasing image licenses and recording live writers introducing themselves, included in the Voice intro project, and reading excerpts from their own literary works. Up to date, two recordings have been completed, i.e. Pako Aristi and Juan Kruz Igerabide.