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Hungary report: Towards the future of libraries[edit]

By Samat
Group photo of the meetup
Slides of the presetation (in Hungarian)
  • Wikimedia Hungary hold its autumn general assembly on 25 November. Following some changes in the legislation and due to the move of the the chapter's seat, the general assembly made quite a lot of small corrections in the bylaws of the association. One of the major changes was, that it will be possible to participate in the official meetings (general assembly, meeting of the board and the supervisory committee) electronically. Another important topic was the next year's plan, and the board received several nice and interesting ideas and initiatives from the members.
  • Following the general assembly, the Hungarian Wikimedia community had a meetup, and celebrated the 20-millionth edit and the 420-thousandth article on the Hungarian Wikipedia with a large number of contributors and a good atmosphere.
  • On 8th December, the executive vice president of the chapter gave a presentation in the frame of a series of webinars, named Towards the future of libraries. The series are organized by Hungarian libraries, and they invite each month one presenter, expert, or researcher who presents his/her vision about the future of libraries and librarians, how a library will look like or work in the next decade, what will be the role of the libraries, which task should libraries and librarians learn and serve, etc. In December 2017, Wikimedia Hungary was the invited partner, and the title of the presentation was: „The common world of Wikimedia and libraries”. The two-hour presentation (followed by the one-hour discussion) showed a wide range of fields where the Wikimedia movement and libraries (and other GLAM institutions) can collaborate with each other, and provided a vision how these collaborations could work in the future, in line with the new strategic direction of the movement. Slides and edited recordings of the presentation are available under free license, and the librarians will spread and share with each other.