A new collaboration with the central public library of Düsseldorf
German students attending high schools have to write a so-called Facharbeit, a scientific paper about a chosen subject. To help with understanding on how to use sources and citations the public library of the city of Düsseldorf held workshops for students. The Wikipedian Rogi.Official offered help for these workshops by Wikipedians. On Saturday, the 27th of May 2017 the director of the library Stephan Schwering and the library's head of digital customer service Maike Lins invited Wikipedians to discuss a collaboration. The library representatives were very interested in working to together with Wikipedians in several activities of the library. With the help of Wikimedia DeutschlandRa'ike could bring many Wikipedia brochures for the library.
7 Wikipedians were present and could offer:
Regular Wikipedia and Wikimedia presentations, schoolings and workshops in the order of once a month,
Wikipedia consultation hours modelled on existing Wikipedia consultation hours in Bremen, Dresden, Hamburg, Cologne, Munich, Stuttgart, Ulm and Vienna (see Wikipedia:Sprechstunde),
Participation in the "Library Lab", a week informing about digital resources,
Participation in the library's help for scientific school assignments of students with research, citations and licenses
In May the Wikipedia community held an Edit-a-thon together with the Landschaftsverband Rheinland (LVR), who will be the operator of the upcoming Jewish/archaeological Museum MiQua (currently under construction by the City of Cologne). 10 Wikipedians joined the weekend. On Saturday two research fellowers of the LVR explained the concept of the museum in all details and gave an introduction into the specialist literature which was present to use by us.
It was the second activity together with LVR after a special guided tour in December 2016 for Wikipedians through the Praetorium, n museum in Cologne.
Presentation to the Department of Culture of Cologne
As a follow-up of the above Edit-a-thon the Wikimedian Raymond was invited to hold a short presentation (~ 10 minutes) about the activties of Wikipedians in Cologne for the public relations managers of all GLAMs of Cologne. Raymond took this opportunity to show ~25 spokespersons the bandwidth of our work: writing articles, taking pictures, organizing projects.