Wikipedian in Residence and Wiki Librarian workshops
Museum in Smederevo hosted Wikipedian in Residence
Second Wikipedian In Residence program 2016 in Serbia was realized at the Museum in Smederevo, in September and October. Miloš Todorović, a selected Wikipedian, digitized four rare and old books from the 19th Century, took photos of the museum’s collections, wrote and improved articles in Serbian Wikipedia about the Museum, collections, authors, and masterpieces, and added references in the articles. Miloš also improved work of the former Wikipedians in Residence, correcting data in books stored at Serbian Wikisource.
General manager of the Museum in Smederevo Tatjana Gačpar sad that cooperation with Wikimedia Serbia increases the visibility of the collections, especially when the Museum’s web site is out of order.
- The Museum in Smederevo seeks to be a forum of education and perspective enlargement, but also a platform for making creative and self-conscious personalities. Searching for new, active ways of connecting to the audience, other institutions, and experts, the Museum established a collaboration with Wikimedia Serbia. We consider this as one of the best ways to reach our goals. I would like to thank the entire team of Wikimedia Serbia for this extraordinary and successful cooperation - Gačpar said.
Wikimedia Serbia issued a press release about the residence, hoping to motivate GLAM institutions to join the GLAM revolution. Media channels have reported about this activity, which allowed internet users to learn about art and history of one of the oldest towns in Serbia.
Front page of Novina serbskih printed in Vienna in 1814
Information about sailing on the Danube near Smederevo from 1845
Milan Jovanović Stojimirović, jurnalist and diplomat
Smederevo after the explosion, 1941
Panoramic view of Smederevo, 1941
Wiki-librarian workshop in Čačak
One of the five planned workshops for the 2016 Wiki Librarian project was realized at the Regional education center in Čačak, on October 11th and 12th. The seminar was organized by University Library Svetozar Marković and the City Library Vladislav Petkovic Dis. In two days, 19 librarians learned how to edit Wikipedia, by writing 17 articles and improving four. The media in this town were also interested in this event, reporting about the workshop and the Wiki Librarian program.
The Wiki Librarian project has been active for two years, producing over a hundred librarians trained in editing Wikipedia. In addition to the workshops, this year’s plan is to realize 5-8 lectures, two edit-a-thons, and to digitize five rare books from University Library’s fundus.
The Wiki Librarian is an accredited course, so participants receive official points for taking part in this compulsory training. Wiki-librarians wrote and improved over 600 articles on Serbian Wikipedia, and more than 300 files were uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. The article Miroslav's Gospel was marked as the “good article”.
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