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Wikipedia work earns award for NLS

Jimmy Wales presents Wikimedia award
Jimmy Wales presented the
award to Gill Hamilton.

Scotland's first knowledge-sharing residency with the Wikimedia Foundation has resulted in an award for the National Library of Scotland.

NLS received the award for work resulting from the Library's appointment of a Wikimedian-in-Residence in 2013.

Under the guidance of Wikimedian Ally Crockford, NLS is opening up its collections for all to use freely via Wikipedia, the online encyclopaedia that is the fifth most-visited website in the world. Ally has also expanded the Wikimedia community in Scotland, and has raised awareness generally of the concept of open and free access to knowledge.

At Wikimedia's annual conference in the Barbican Centre in London, NLS Digital Access Manager Gill Hamilton collected the Library's 'GLAM of the Year' award from Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales.

GLAM — 'Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums' — is a Wikipedia initiative that allows the encyclopaedia's community of editors to help cultural organisations maximise the public impact of their collections.

Read more in our Wikipedia award media release.

15 August 2014


Display presents voices from the Commonwealth

All regions of the Commonwealth are represented in a display at the National Library of Scotland.

Sketches, books, photos, manuscripts and maps are among the items brought together to celebrate the Commonwealth's literary, artistic and political life.

The display looks at material produced by the indigenous peoples of the 53 independent sovereign states. It also reflects the colonial past and links with Great Britain.

'Voices from the Commonwealth: Diversity, identity and culture' is open daily until 8 September.

Read more in our Commonwealth display media release.

17 July 2014

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