The SLIC Wikimedian in Residence project aimed to advance Open Knowledge objectives in Scotland's public libraries.
The focus of the project was to improve the contribution libaries make to the digital landscape and widen access to the rich content stored by libraries. During the project 24 library services throughout Scotland received training on Wikipedia.
The Wikimedian in Residence project was proposed by Inverclyde Libraries in partnership with CultureNL Libraries, and funded through the Public Library Improvement Fund (PLIF) which is administered by SLIC on behalf of the Scottish Government.
The residency aimed to establish public libraries as quality content creators in the digital sphere, providing open access to freely usable content about Scottish culture. Delivered through training, advocacy and events, SLIC recognised that the aims of Wikimedia and Scotland’s libraries were in alignment.
Throughout each phase, tailored training and support was offered to participating library services.
Training in how to edit Wikipedia was delivered to interested library staff, with support and resources offered to enable further self-study.
Each participating service committed to a Wikipedia Editathon - a staff-led Wikipedia content creation workshop with volunteer participants.
Resources from the library service were used in the course of the workshops.
The initial focus of the project concentrated on Scotland’s culture & heritage – with content created on local history matters and biographies.
In addition, there was an emphasis on notable Scottish women who are under-represented in general across Wikipedia content.
This has made a significant contribution towards promoting culture and creativity as part of Strategic Aim 5 of Ambition & opportunity: A Strategy for Public Libraries in Scotland 2015 - 2020.
The project builds upon the range of digital skills public libraries already offer and opens up the benefits of the internet to a wider audience.
This supports the delivery of Strategic Aim 2: Digital Inclusion of Ambition & Opportunity: A Strategy for Public Library in Scotland 2015-2020. Ultimately the Wikimedian project widened access to the vast collections of high quality information held in Scotland’s public libraries.