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Title of your proposal[edit]

The Pillars in Practice: Residency at the British Library

Name(s) and/or username(s)[edit]

Dr Lucy Hinnie, Wikimedian-in-Residence, British Library)


  • Advocacy and Outreach in Local Contexts
  • Experience Sharing Panels
  • Future Research - What are the initiatives/research that need to be done?

Type of submission (Please choose one)[edit]

  • Individual Presentations (15 minutes)
  • Panel discussions, especially sharing advocacy and outreach efforts in local contexts (75 minutes)

Happy to do either, to best fit with existing programming.

Keywords and hashtags[edit]

  • Advocacy
  • Strategy
  • Pillars of Wikimedia
  • Wikimedia residency


Since March 2021, the British Library has hosted a part-time Wikimedian in Residence to support and advocate for Wikimedia activity within the Library. The British Library was one of the first institutions to host a Resident back in 2012 with the appointment of Andrew Gray, and ten years on, the role sits at a fascinating intersection within the organisation, involved in the practical implementation of Wiki practice and training, as well as internal advocacy and outreach work. Furthermore, in recent years platforms such as Wikisource, Wikibase and Wikidata have been introduced as an integral aspect of Wikimedia activity in the Library, and they form a key part of the current residency.

This presentation will offer an overview of the shape of the residency and the challenges of Wiki work, as well as the successes and outcomes so far. It will examine the pillars of the residency (Knowledge Equity, Digital Literacy and Advocacy) against a cross-section of past, current and future activities, and will further think about the strategic context of residency in the library sector. It will also consider the current landscape of decolonisation praxis, and how Wikimedia can be utilised to support this institutional work. It is suitable for a general interest audience as well as library specialists.

Expected outcomes[edit]

  • The audience will gain a sense of the day to day role of a Resident as well as the longer-term impact their work has
  • They will also be informed about the practicalities of Resident work in a large organisation, across departmental boundaries

Duration (without Q&A)[edit]

  • Happy to be a 15 minute paper on a panel or standalone.
  • Open to suggestions from the organisers for best fit.

Specific requirements[edit]

Projector and screen.

Interested attendees (Please add yourself, and you may indicate your questions to the presenter).[edit]

  1. --Jeb (talk) 16:02, 15 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  2. --AfricanLibrarian (talk) 09:25, 16 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Omorodion1 (talk)
  4. Ngostary2k (talk) 22:37, 19 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  5. FRomeo (WMF) (talk) 13:29, 22 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  6. I'm always curious to see what other WiRs are up to Rachel Helps (BYU) (talk) 16:55, 22 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  7. Matthewvetter (talk)
  8. Kclibrarian (talk) 15:28, 24 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  9. briing