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The Scottish Library and Information Council is committed to promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community.

Scottish Public Libraries Wikimedian in Residence

Our Wikimedian will continue to develop a sustainable relationship between Scottish public libraries, Wikimedia UK and the Wikimedia community. They will be responsible for widening access to the vast collections of high quality information available in Scotland’s public libraries, in line with the global GLAM-WIKI initiative.

The successful candidate will ultimately improve the contribution libraries make to the digital landscape – helping to extend Scotland’s rich library collections to a global online audience. Content will include local history materials and biographies. There will be a particular focus on notable Scottish women to address the under-representation of female achievements in general across Wikipedia content.

Based in the SLIC office in Glasgow, the successful candidate will deliver a training programme to equip library staff with the skills and confidence to create and edit Wikimedia projects content.  

The role will also involve supporting library staff throughout Scotland in developing activities like editathons - encouraging library users and volunteers to create and edit content for Wikipedia and other Wikimedia services.

Experience of editing Wikipedia and working with its community would be an advantage as would knowledge of copyright issues. The Wikimedian will be a supporter and advocate of open knowledge, providing advice and raising awareness of the concept within the library and information sector.  

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Main tasks and responsibilities include:
  • Advocating for open knowledge and providing advice on the relevant policies, systems and processes which would allow greater collaboration between public libraries in Scotland, the Scottish Government, and Wikimedia UK. Raising awareness of open knowledge in the sector.
  • Supporting communities towards full digital literacy by championing the effective use and improved comprehension of digital information through project activities.
  • Designing and delivering training for public library staff to enable them to contribute their knowledge and expertise to build open knowledge and improve Wikipedia by adding content to Wikimedia family sites.
  • Working with library staff to identify priority areas of Wikipedia and sister projects that could be enriched with resources and knowledge from public library collections.
  • Encouraging and increasing the direct participation of public libraries in the provision of content for Wikimedia projects, and encouraging creation (and improvement) of Wikimedia projects relating to public library collections.
  • Supporting public libraries to contribute to the development of open knowledge by organising and hosting Wikimedia related events, such as editathons, meetups and workshops, for members of the public.
  • Producing guidelines on contributing to Wikipedia and Wikimedia sites for inclusion on the SLIC Training in New Technologies online training platform.
  • Producing ongoing updates and a summary report on the outcomes of the residency.
  • Monitoring and evaluating training events and meetings and making adjustments to the programme as required.
Candidates will be expected to demonstrate the following skills, knowledge and experience.


  • Degree in a relevant subject area (Humanities preferred), or equivalent experience
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Experience of delivering training to diverse groups
  • Excellent organisational and planning skills
  • Strong IT skills and confident in the use of office IT packages
  • Excellent time management and ability to work under pressure
  • Strong interpersonal skills and experience of working in a small team
  • Ability to work on your own initiative
  • Awareness of Wikipedia
  • Energy and enthusiasm
  • Knowledge of current issues and developments in the public library sector in Scotland


  • Experience of editing Wikipedia and/or contributing to the Wikimedia family of sites
  • Awareness of open knowledge and open content
  • Experience of working in a library or similar setting
  • Experience of supporting digital literacy
  • Good understanding of issues related to copyright

If you are interested in this role please send your CV and cover letter, describing your suitability for the post to: 

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Thursday 29th March. Interviews will be held on the 10th of April.

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