Wikimedia projects and libraries have a shared goal of making knowledge freely and widely available. The Libraries Space showcases collaborations in the interest that common mission. Considering UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as the Wikimedia Movement's strategic goals of striving for “Knowledge as Service” and “Knowledge equity”, the space will bring together librarians (whether in title or in spirit), Wikimedians, Wikimedia affiliates, knowledge professionals, and those who are passionate and engaged around the intersection of Wikimedia and Libraries, and see possibility for beneficial collaboration.
Wikimedia and Libraries continue to collaborate in several areas and have formed several programs and group to facilitate common interest, such as The Wikipedia Library and Wikimedia and Libraries User Group. However there is so much more: collaborations between affiliate groups and libraries; librarians using and adapting Wikimedia projects to meet their internal goals; Wikimedians learning about the inner workings of libraries.
We will be putting an extra focus on creating sessions that are collaborative, active and inclusive in their nature, rather than ones focusing on an individual or specific programs/initiatives and are passive in nature. Because we have limited time and want to include as many perspectives as possible you may not receive as much time as you have requested.
During the selection process, we are likely to prefer/favour sessions that emphasize
sharing ideas to help participants explore areas for Wikimedians to collaborate with libraries and vice versa
skill building sessions aimed at capacity building
diverse panels with multiple participants from around the world
ideation sessions aimed at solving specific issues/brainstorming on solutions for a raised problem
sharing best practices aimed at helping people to adopt them in their programs
We are less likely to include sessions that focus on
Summary talks about individual/organisations projects/programs/initiatives, with no lessons shared.
We are encouraging Wikimedia community members, librarians, and others, in creating this space, so it can reflect the wishes and needs of our community. Please et us know if there are any topics/workshops that you'd like to see in the Libraries Space. Your suggestions will help us reach relevant individuals, affiliates, and organisations, to propose sessions.