Grants:Project/AfLIA/Wikipedia in African Libraries/Timeline
Timeline for AfLIA
|Awareness Campaign||Begins July, 2020|
|Wikipedian-in-Residence at AfLIA||Begins August, 2020|
|Curriculum Development Consultant in AfLIA||Begins August, 2020|
|Pre-training research||Begins September, 2020|
|Pre-test of adopted curriculum||November – December|
|Translation of course materials into French and Portuguese||Begins November, 2020|
|Registration for Cohort one (1), Continent-wide online training for Librarians||Begins January 2021|
|Training Sessions for Cohort one (1)||Begins February 2021|
|First evaluation of the project||Begins February, 2021|
|Registration for Cohort Two (2), continent-wide online training for African Librarians||Begins in April 2021|
|Training Sessions for Cohort Two (2)||Begins May 2021|
|Second Evaluation of the project||July, 2021|
|Wikimedia Foundation Project Grant ends||July, 2021|
Please prepare a brief project update each month, in a format of your choice, to share progress and learnings with the community along the way. Submit the link below as you complete each update.
Project kick -off
- Planning for project administration, discussions on capacities needed to make the project a success, creation of timelines
- Need for curriculum development expert suggested by project advisors and integrated into the project plans
- Wrote the job specifications for the Wikipedian in Residence and Curriculum Development expert with advice and inputs from project advisers
- Made formal announcement of the grant aflia-receives-grant-from-wikimedia-foundation/
- Posted the WiR opening job-opening-wikipedian-in-residence/
- Posted the job opening for the Curriculum Development consultant job-opening-curriculum-development-consultant/
- Promotion of the WiR and CDC through AfLIA networks and African Wikimedia communities
- Drawn up a project communications plan
- Building up a mailing list for the project's newsletter
- Thirty one applications were received for AfLIA's Wikipedian-in-Residence; such a rich pool of qualified and passionate Wikimedians to select from! Alice Kibombo was eventually chosen to be AfLIA's Wikipedian in Residence. Alice is a librarian and comes a rich background of working in Uganda Wikimedia community https://web.aflia.net/aflia-gets-a-wikipedian-in-residence/
- Call for more subscribers to the project's newsletter distributed to African Wikimedia communities and shared on different platforms online 103 people have already indicated interest in receiving updates about the project.
Curriculum Development Consultant
- The call for a Curriculum Development Consultant (CDC) attracted six(6) applications. After interviews on Skype and Zoom, Prof. Rosemary Shafack was chosen as the CDC. Shafack has years of experience as a librarian, an educator and a curriculum expert. She has been working in the African Library sector as Chairman Africa Section, IFLA and a representative of Central Africa in the Governing Council of AfLIA. https://web.aflia.net/aflia-signs-on-a-curriculum-development-consultant-wikipedia-in-african-libraries-project/ She will resume work on September 1, 2020.
A pre-training survey was sent out to African librarians to determine their level of digital skills, prejudices and ability to learn online https://web.aflia.net/invitation-to-complete-pre-research-survey-wikiaflibs-survey/ Librarians were reached through different avenues to ensure that a great number were reached.
AfLIA's Wikipedian in Residence led African Librarians to celebrate Open Access Week on Wikipedia with translations into local African languages https://web.aflia.net/2020-open-access-week-aflia-unique-celebration/
The call for Pilot Cohort for the Wikipedia in African Libraries course was sent out on 3rd November https://web.aflia.net/wikipedia-in-african-libraries-course-call-for-participants-for-pilot-testing/ Forty two librarians were admitted for the pilot test out of the one hundred and eighty that applied. The rest later chose to join the course in Cohort 1 or 2.