Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 21 August 2014

National Library seeks 'Wikipedian'

A partnership between the National Library of Scotland and Wikimedia UK will see resources shared online

The National Library of Scotland (NLS) is looking to recruit Scotland's first "Wikipedian".

An advert for the role of Wikipedian in residence has been issued as the library looks to expand its audience while enhancing published material on the free online encyclopedia Wikipedia.

The partnership between the NLS and Wikimedia UK will see resources and knowledge from the collections at the Edinburgh-based institution shared online.

Gill Hamilton, digital access manager at the National Library of Scotland, said: "This partnership with Wikipedia is a wonderful way for people around the world to learn about the history and culture of Scotland by accessing information from our amazing collections.

"Some of our iconic items such as the last letter of Mary Queen of Scots, the Order for the massacre of Glencoe and handwritten poems by Robert Burns can be added to Wikipedia as a result of this initiative.

"Unfortunately, not everyone can visit the Library in Edinburgh to see these and many other historic items, so this is a way of making them available to a much wider audience."

In addition to using library resources to contribute to Wikipedia, the successful candidate will also work with staff and the wider Scottish community to encourage them to develop under-represented topics on Wikipedia.

The post is for a four-month period with a salary of £30,000 per annum pro rata which is joint funded by the NLS and Wikimedia.

The closing date is Monday May 6.

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