Australia and New Zealand report
No letup from Libraries
Dulcie Deamer in leopardskin costume (1924)
Australia's libraries continue to add content, collaborate and play host. Last month Wikimedia Australia was at State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW), State Library of Queensland (SLQ), and the library of Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
Ongoing contributions from the State Library of NSW
Content added by trained staff at SLNSW is a credit to their organisation and to ours. For example, Wikipedia now has an article on Nita Kibble (born 1879), their first woman librarian.
Inside History Q&A
Early in July, the magazine Inside History ran a Q&A for its readers to answer their questions about Wikipedia. The evening session, hosted on Facebook, was a collaboration between the Library and Wikimedia Australia (WMAU). WMAU was represented on-site by Whiteghost.ink and supported online by Chapter members Chuq, 99of9, John Vandenberg and Wittylama. Readers of the magazine now have a better understanding of Wikipedia and the publication wants to work with us again.
Inside History is a good reference for Wikipedia as it is a citable journal whose content can assist us in contributing Australian content. For example, the magazine is used as a reference in Hossein Valamanesh; List of memorials to the Great Famine; Dulcie Deamer and Sydney Trocadero.
Illustrated front cover from The Queenslander
, 25 March 1937
Queensland State Library pitches in
Meanwhile, SLQ launched its "Pitch in" program in which SLQ staff work with digital volunteers on Flickr Commons, Trove, Wikisource and Historypin. Here is their Wikisource page. In some cases, SLQ is also providing their own transcriptions, obtained in the old fashioned way. Their transcriptions are uploaded into Wikisource, and need people to review them carefully. For example: George Green - 2nd Light Horse Regiment Gallipoli Volume 1
QUT Library presentation
At QUT, the Library along with the QUT Information Studies Group and ALIA Queensland invited the local library community to hear Wittylama speak about Wikipedia in a talk entitled "Everything you wanted to know about Wikipedia but were too afraid to ask." An enthusiastic crowd of approximately 70 academic and public librarians attended the session.
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