Grants:Project/AfLIA/Wikipedia in African Libraries/Timeline

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Timeline for AfLIA[edit]

Timeline Date
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

Monthly updates[edit]

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.

June 2020[edit]

Project kick -off[edit]

  • 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

July 2020[edit]

Wikipedian-in-Residence recruitment[edit]

Awareness Campaign[edit]

  • Drawn up a project communications plan
  • Building up a mailing list for the project's newsletter

August 2020[edit]

Wikipedian-in-Residence Recruitment[edit]

  • 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

Awareness Campaign[edit]

  • Call for more subscribers to the project's newsletter distributed to African Wikimedia communities and shared on different platforms online [1]103 people have already indicated interest in receiving updates about the project.

Curriculum Development Consultant[edit]

  • 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. She will resume work on September 1, 2020.

September 2020[edit]

A pre-training survey was sent out to African librarians to determine their level of digital skills, prejudices and ability to learn online 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


The call for Pilot Cohort for the Wikipedia in African Libraries course was sent out on 3rd November 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.

Month 7[edit]

Is your final report due but you need more time?