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ALIA Wikipedia & Libraries – popular among libraries & wider community!

The first of the ALIA Wikipedia and Libraries sessions, held at SLWA on 28 October, attracted a wide range of interested people. As well as library professionals from all sectors, there were teachers, students and members of the wider community. Gideon Digby, Vice President of Wikimedia Australia and founder of Freopedia and Toodyaypedia, gave a very informative and interesting presentation on how Wikipedia and libraries can work together. He highlighted the Wikipedia Loves Libraries and GLAMWiki projects, and provided case studies, such as the NLA and State Libraries ‘Ask a Librarian’ service. Gideon also outlined specific Wikipedia Projects including Wikisource, Wikidata and Wikibooks. A good indication of the interest in Wikipedia was the large number of questions.

Another ALIA Wikipedia and Libraries information session will be held on Tuesday morning 18 November at SLWA. To register go to https://www.regonline.com.au/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1626254

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Gideon Digby, Wikimedia Australia, presenting to ALIA Wikipedia & Libraries session on 28 October 2014.

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