For the November National Celebrations, WoALUG organized an event with the National History Museum in Albania. Since we wanted to celebrate two important historical dates, 28-29 of November, which are the Independence Day and National Liberation Day in Albania, WoALUG arranged a day in the National History Museum to raise awareness about the history and why it is important to write and expand articles on Wikipedia for these historical dates.
For this event, we collaborated with the GLAM and Educational programs partners, the National History Museum in Tirana, and 2 high schools in Elbasan.
Students had the opportunity to visit pavilions of the Independence and National Liberation Day, talk about the history, and be informed by a well-known history researcher, Jaho Brahaj. At the end of this event, we discussed the importance of the historical facts, content, and information on Sq Wikipedia, asked and answered questions about the struggles they face when writing articles about history.
Being in the month of major historical celebrations, our school partners and teachers are organizing activities during this month regarding article writings about the Independence and National Liberation Days in Albania and the museum.
Below are some pictures from the event.
Collaboration with Qemal Baholli Library in Elbasan, Albania
In 2022, Wikimedians of Albanian Language User Group planned a series of meetings with the Albanian audience to meet up at different GLAM institutions in Albania.
Recently, we collaborated with the Qemal Baholli Public Library in Elbasan and organized an event for Independence Day.
Manjola Hatellari, the director of the public library, talked about the books that can be found in the library regarding the history of Independence Day. She also read a meaningful paragraph from the independence declaration of Elbasan city.
On the other hand, WoALUG talked about the importance of Wikipedia articles over traditional library information and the strong relationship between Wikipedia and the library.
Our audience shared the challenges and what they learned while writing or editing articles on Wikipedia.
We are eager to continue working closely with the library for more follow-up meet-ups and activities to raise awareness of using and editing Wikipedia frequently. This way we push Wikipedian contributors to use the library as a source of information and to cite books in the articles.