I thought I would take this opportunity to introduce myself Delphine Dallison, the new Wikimedian in Residence at SLIC, taking over from Sara Thomas (WMUK) who has moved onto her new post as Scotland Programme Coordinator with Wikimedia UK. I started in post on the 30th April and it has been a smooth transition so far thanks to Sara's support. Coming into a residency midway through can be tricky, but luckily I have been volunteering with Wikimedia UK for the past 5 years and am a certified trainer for the organisation so the learning curve wasn't too steep. After running a few events collaboratively, Sara has now officially passed on the reins to me, so she can concentrate on her new coordinator role. I will keep you posted with my progress.
Wikipedia Training for Public Librarians in Scotland
Since beginning of May, we have initiated phase 2 of the SLIC Wikimedian in Residence project in Scotland. During phase 1, Sara had focused on working with a trial group of volunteer libraries and librarians to put together a training programme for librarians which would take them on a journey from learning about the Wikipedia project, doing their edits through to running their first editathons. With the success of this first test group, phase two will now look at rolling out this programme of training across Scotland along with providing resources to sustainably support librarians with their Wikipedia projects beyond their first editathon.
In order to advertise the opportunity on offer with the SLIC Wikimedia Residence, throughout May we offered 5 full-day training sessions for librarians in Inverness, Dundee, Glasgow, Stirling and Galashiels, which were attended in total by 43 librarians from across 17 Public Authorities. This resulted in the creation of 16 new articles from underrepresented topics of Scottish culture, including 11 new biographies of notable Scottish Women. In the coming months, I will continue to build on this success by supporting these librarians to identify items in their collections which could help add content to Wikipedia and helping them run their first editathons.
@Astinson (WMF):, we've posted on the project page some of the training presentations we've used to date. The rest of the materials are still in development. I'll keep on updating as and when we have materials ready for sharing.