WikiIndaba conference 2018/Submissions/Wikipedia + Libraries in Africa

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Submission no. 061
Title of the submission
Wikipedia + Libraries in Africa
Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, birds of a feather discussion)
birds of a feather discussion
Author of the submission

Felix Nartey

Language of presentation


E-mail address


Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Wikipedia Library User Group
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

For the last decade, Wikipedians have worked to reach out to librarians as well as serve our community of editors with reference and research support. The fusion of Wikipedia and Libraries has gathered momentum in the movement with great initiatives like The Wikipedia Library, the Catalan Public Library Network, and the IFLA white papers on Wikipedia and Library Collaboration. While there seem to be wider interests in the larger movement Africa seems to be sitting on the fence and there is a need to start a discourse on the subject to gather the needs or major hurdles from this part of the continent.

What will attendees take away from this session?

This session is a chance to meet community leaders who work with libraries, form partnerships with publishers, host events at library institutions, conduct outreach to national organizations or regional and international groups and consortia. It is open to all levels of interest. A special focus will be finding ways to direct the momentum in the library world as it increasingly opens its doors (and resources) to Wikipedia. Participants will learn how to get involved in their community, how to join the international efforts, and how to take their projects from brainstorming to impact.

Theme of presentation
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?


Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
30 minutes
Will you attend WikiIndaba if your submission is not accepted?


Slides or further information (optional)
Special requests
Is this Submission a Draft or Final?


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  1. Alangi Derick (talk) 10:47, 25 January 2018 (UTC)

Committee decision[edit]

Yes check.svg Accepted