1Lib1Ref Uganda 2019
For the first time, Uganda was able to be a part of and contribute to this campaign as part of our baby steps in relation to GLAM activity and participation. This was done in collaboration with a small number of specifically invited participants who are all practicing librarians and we were hosted by our local partner, Goethe-Zentrum Kampala on 1st June 2019. The decision to make this an invite-only event was influenced by the fact that this was our first foray into this campaign so it would be relatively easier to involve individuals who by virtue of their work, have an existing knowledge of bibliographic work.
As the Wikimedia Community User Group Uganda, participation in GLAM has long been one of our aims so this was a good opportunity to make an inroad into that area. In order to marry it with existing projects, we used a pre-selected list of articles that had been created during the time we undertook the Wiki Loves Women project. This had multiple positive effects ,namely but not limited to improving the quality of articles written about notable women in Uganda through proper and accepted citation; employing the bibliographic skills of the participants for a Wikipedia cause as well as building a network of information professionals.
Our participation in this campaign is largely in part due to Felix Nartey who tirelessly encouraged us to participate as well as Isla Haddow-Flood who suggested that we marry 2 campaigns - Wiki Loves Women and #1Lib1Ref.
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