Throughout October and November, Wikimedia Australia (WMAU) volunteers embarked on a series of "Wikipedia and Libraries" presentations delivered across the country to members of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) — the peak professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector. The talks served as a general beginners guide to Wikipedia, as well as describing the Wikimedia movement, its relationship with the GLAM sector, and examples of how Wikipedia and the Library sector can work together.
The presentations are part of a larger partnership between ALIA and WMAU, which also includes representation at the ALIA National Conference in October (see last month's report) and a series of editing workshops across the country to be run in 2015 by professional librarians who are also experienced Wikipedians. Having registered their interest in advance and attended these presentations, trainees will be able to bring an understanding of the principles, practice and range of WM projects to the workshops. We expect that will allow more time in the training sessions for skill development.