Submissions/Brick by brick: Libraries and Wikimedia building on each other

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This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2017.

Submission no. 5017 Subject - G2 GO
Title of the submission

Brick by brick: Libraries and Wikimedia building on each other

Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)

lecture (also willing to participate in related panels, roundtables etc)

Author of the submission

Jacinta Sutton (User:JacintaJS) & Kerry Raymond (User:Kerry Raymond)

Language of presentation


E-mail address


User:JacintaJS & User:Kerry Raymond

Country of origin


Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

Jacinta Sutton: Project Office at the State Library of Queensland
Kerry Raymond: Member of Wikimedia Australia, former Wikipedian-in-Residence at the State Library of Queensland

Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

Since 2010, the State Library of Queensland (SLQ) and Wikimedia Australia have worked together on a number of projects:

  • donation of tens of thousands of SLQ's out-of-copyright images to Wikimedia Commons
  • Wikipedia edit training for librarians and members of the public through SLQ's Regional Access and Public Libraries Program using initially wikitext and later Visual Editor
  • incorporating SLQ transcription tasks in WikiSource through Pitch-In, SLQ's Digital Volunteer program
  • 3 Wikipedians-in-Residence working at SLQ on content relating to the Queensland home front during World War I
  • participating in the Wikipedia Library's #1Lib1Ref campaign to add citations to improve the quality of Wikipedia articles
  • organising the QWiki Club, a monthly gathering for Queensland GLAMs to work together on improving Wikipedia content

These projects were underpinned by the State Library of Queensland's ongoing digitisation program and by Trove, an initiative of the National and State Libraries Australasia (of which SLQ is a member). Trove is an aggregated meta-data collection of the resources of hundreds of GLAMs in Australia, currently totalling over 500 million items, ranging from newspaper articles, photos and books through to journal and archived websites. More than half of items in Trove also have digitised or born-digital data available. Most items in Trove have a pre-formatted Wikipedia citation to make it easy to reference Australian content.

This presentation will discuss a number of these projects, describing what worked well and what didn’t and exploring why that was so. It will explore some of the enablers and barriers to closer collaboration between GLAMs and Wikimedia. Finally it will discuss ways that SLQ and other GLAMs might transition from engaging with Wikimedia through a series of limited programs or campaigns into incorporation of Wikimedia activities into Business As Usual.

What will attendees take away from this session?

Wikimedian and GLAM attendees will learn about characteristics of joint projects and how they do or don't contribute to success. It will hopefully inspire them to collaborate in more effective ways.

Theme of presentation


For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?

Suitable for all levels of audience.

Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
25 minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Yes, Kerry will attend
Slides or further information (optional)

Presentation slides (PDF from PPT)

If you want to see/reuse my Visual Editor training materials or anything else I might be able to help you with, please email me at

Special requests
Is this Submission a Draft or Final?

This is a Completed submission for Wikimania 2017 ready to be reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

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