I would agree. Libraries have a foothold in communities that other cultural
institutions do not. They are seen as communities hubs and in Africa do not
carry the weighty colonial (and in the case of South Africa, apartheid)
legacy of collections that archives and museums do.
On Tue, May 19, 2015 at 11:16 AM, <
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1. Linking with Libraries - the L in GLAM (Isla Haddow-Flood)
Date: Tue, 19 May 2015 11:15:01 +0200
From: Isla Haddow-Flood <islahf(a)africacentre.net>
To: Mailing list for African Wikimedians
Subject: [African Wikimedians] Linking with Libraries - the L in GLAM
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Dear Intrepid Wikipedians …
Hello. For me, 2015 seems to be dominated by Libraries … I have been part
of the mLiteracy Think Tank recently, and then there was GLAM WIKI where
Libraries featured prominently.
The importance of Libraries to us - as community activators across Africa
- has been niggling away at me. And, the outcome of the niggling is that we
should all seriously think about partnering our usergroups / chapters /
fledgling communities with a local library or library service.
Hear me out.
1. Many - especially the flagship ones - have a digitisation programme of
2. They are the guardians of the very citable knowledge that we want to
see about Africa and our countries on Wikipedia
3. They are busy, but are mandated to share that knowledge
4. They attract natural wikipedias - people who are hungry for knowledge -
in large numbers
5. They are often looking for programmes to run with after school
activities, and might have ICT support.
They should be included in our outreach strategies, and not just in our
How do we find out about them … ?
Mylee Josephs - who was at GLAM WIKI in the Netherlands in April sent me
Africa Section <http://www.ifla.org/africa> mailing list. The aim of the
list is to facilitate communication with library community within the
African continent. The objective of the Section amongst other things, seeks
to promote and strengthen Library Associations, the Profession and Library/
Information Services in Africa; The Section seeks to create and maintain
links with other Sections of International Federation of Library
Associations (IFLA) as well as related bodies/ organizations for the
benefit of the profession and services in Africa.
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What do you think?
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