Côte d'Ivoire report
Reflecting upon #1Lib1Ref impact, upcoming collaborations
Assessing #1Lib1ref campaign impact
In Côte d'Ivoire, expanding the campaign from January to March has created opportunities to run more activities. It was also an occasion to engage a wider and more diverse librarians audience.
- 51 librarians and information science professionals took part in the campaign in Côte d'Ivoire.
- 26 librarians added at least 1 reference to Wikipedia and 25 Phd students were introduced to Wikipedia.
- 8 of these 26 librarians (30%) were women.
- 32 articles improved with references, 53% of them being women articles.
The outcomes are also significant as the campaign led to several institutions showing interest in digitization or wiki-training projects. 3 GLAM partners willing to pilot a digitization project, more expressed intention to host #1Lib1ref trainings
- LARIT, an IT center located in a University and gathering Phd students and researchers. One of their archives personnel attended the session in January 26th, and helped us organize a session on March 8th. LARIT is also willing to start a formal collaboration with WCUG-CI and run a Wiki Education programme with their students.
- National Library of Côte d'Ivoire, hosted the last session of the campaign on 9th March. The staff invited WCUG-CI to rescue their newspaper collections threatened by natural hazard such as moisture, humidity, etc. A formal collaboration around digitization is expected soon.
- Archives staff of the Parliament. Being one of the first GLAM partners of WCUG-CI, they showed keen interest in a pilot digitization project too.
Sharing lessons learned at WikiIndaba
WikiIndaba 2018, the regional conference gathering active Wikimedians from Africa and beyond, included some GLAM-related workshops. Côte d'Ivoire took part in both sessions Developing GLAM Partnerships and Wikimedia and Libraries in Africa. The Ivorian team shared the modest lessons learned while running GLAM activities and partnering with librarians.
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