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Submission no.
Title of the submission
Idazlezainak: writers guards

Idazlezainak: writer guards

Author(s) of the submission

Mertxe Zabala

E-mail address


Country/place of origin

Basque Country

Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

EWKE, Basque Wikipedians User Group

Main theme

Free knowledge for the world

Type of session



GLAM and new audiences

Length of session

20 min.

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Librarians, besides taking care of books, also take care of writers. The Idazlezainak group does it on the Wikipedia, creating articles of writers and books, keeping them updated and offering as many resources as possible. The project, started in 2017 and promoted by the city's culture division Donostia Kultura, involves 15 librarians from 3 different cultural institutions of Donostia-San Sebastian. The librarians group meet on Fridays for a couple of hours to help/teach each other.

The challenge for 2018-2019 is universal literature. Within the Education Program of the Basque Wikipedians User Group, and in close collaboration with the association of EIZIE translators, we work to improve the articles of Universal Literature in Basque. We also organize public events and talks to raise awareness of the project and encourage new libraries/librarians to join the project.

How does your proposal add knowledge to the international community in Wikimedia and education?
  1. We think that sharing our strategy and experience could serve other libraries/librarians as model for engaging with Wikipedia.
  2. Wikipedia-library engagement give us the opportunity to promote and share local knowledge with a wider audience as well as to bring universal culture to our language. It can be interesting for other under resourced languages.
Who is the intended ideal audience for the topic?

Librarians and GLAM workers, teachers, people interested in promoting minority languages and literature.

Slides or further information

The slides from the presentation can be viewed here. A video shown during the presentation can be viewed here.

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  1. --LiAnna (Wiki Ed) (talk) 17:24, 22 January 2019 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Tiputini (talk) 10:31, 3 April 2019 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Rehman 14:07, 6 April 2019 (UTC)[reply]