National Library of Scotland staff training 19-20 August 2013

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Basic Information[edit | edit source]

National Library of Scotland - 159 Causewayside
  • Date: 19th August, 13:00- 14:30 and 14:30-16:00, and 20th August, time TBC
  • Venue: 7th Floor Training Suite, 159 Causewayside, Edinburgh
  • Registration: by e-mail to Ally Crockford at
  • Any questions:, 0131 623 3797 or User:ACrockford

Trainee Information[edit | edit source]

These sessions will include a basic training session to be held from 13:00-14:30 for curators and other staff members based in the NLS's Causewayside building who are interested in receiving training on how to contribute to Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons, and a reunion of the November 2012 training session, to be held from 14:30-16:00.

The training sessions will introduce you to editing a Wikipedia article using the visual editor and Wiki mark-up, outline key policies and guidelines for contribution, demonstrate referencing technique, and offer the opportunity to practice contributing to an article. Computers will be provided; please identify in advance an article which you would like to contribute to, and at least one source to use. Source can be print or digital. If you could also bring (on a USB stick or in an e-mail file) an image or photo which you are comfortable and able to release on a CC 3.0 license, it would be helpful but is not necessary.

The reunion session will discuss individual experiences with contributing to Wikipedia or other Wikimedia projects, possible barriers or concerns, and will offer the opportunity to hold a brainstorming session for solutions. A brief refresher training session for editing will also be provided. As with the training session, if you could identify an article to improve as part of your training that would be great!

Examples for contribution[edit | edit source]

A relatively easy way to practice editing is to contribute to existing shorter articles or stub articles. For example, you could compare the less commonly known entries in the Biographical Dictionary of Eminent Scotsmen collection to the Wikipedia entries on the same, to see whether you can help expand or enhance the Wikipedia articles on those figures. See:

Trainer Information[edit | edit source]

These sessions will be run by User:ACrockford as part of the National Library of Scotland's Wikimedian-in-Residence programme

Facilities[edit | edit source]

Up to 9 computers with internet access are available; an instructor's computer provides A/V facilities and projection.

Participants[edit | edit source]

Please add your username here once you have created a user account.

Catherine Booth