Engaging Audiences Briefing

15.10 – Thursday 6th July

Increasing reach and access through Wikimedia

Wikimedia UK is the national charity for the global Wikimedia movement, and our vision is of a more tolerant, informed and democratic society through the shared creation of, and access to, open knowledge. This presentation will draw on Wikimedia UK’s current work with libraries across the UK – including Bodleian, National Library of Scotland, National Library of Wales, Senate House and Wellcome – to highlight ways in which libraries can increase engagement with their collections through the Wikimedia projects, including Wikipedia. The case studies shared will focus on partnerships that address issues of diversity and equality, particularly gender, linguistic and geographic bias on Wikimedia and in library collections.

Lucy Crompton-Reid, Chief Executive, WikiMedia UK

Lucy Crompton-Reid has a career in the cultural, voluntary and public sectors spanning two decades, with a strong emphasis on leading and developing participatory practice and promoting marginalised voices. Prior to her current role as Chief Executive of Wikimedia UK, Lucy was Director and Chief Executive of the leading poetry and spoken word organisation Apples and Snakes, where she led an extensive national programme of live events, artist development and learning and participation projects. Previous senior roles include Head of Outreach and Public Engagement at the House of Lords, Director of Creative Partnerships London West at Arts Council England and Refugee Week National Co-ordinator at the Refugee Council.

“No-one I know uses it any more”: the reasons used to cut libraries

Everyone loves the public library, right? Well, no. No they don’t. And even some supporters are pretty confused, with nostalgia taking too key a role. This talk looks at the reasons used against libraries, based on an intensive media review and attending multiple debates ranging from a local debating society to the Barbican Theatre to discussions amongst senior politicians. It is argued that some unique selling points are in danger of being lost and that libraries need to make a more clearly understandable case for their continued existence.

Ian Anstice, Editor, Public Library News

Ian created, in his spare time, the Public Libraries News website in 2010. It was being quoted in parliament by that December and it has remained an important source of information on the sector ever since. In addition to this work, Ian is a full-time Locality Librarian for Cheshire West and Chester Council. He was awarded a CILIP honorary fellowship in 2015 and the titles CILIP Wales Library Champion of the Year 2016, IWR Information Professional of the Year 2011 and two Winsford Customer Service the Year “Oscars” (2012 and 2014). He worries about what went wrong in 2013.

Session Chair: Davina Omar, PPRG Chair, CILIP

Davina Omar is the Head of Academic Support at the University of West London and Chair of the CILIP Publicity and Public Relations group. Davina is responsible for managing the Library’s academic support to the University’s Schools and Colleges, leading the effective delivery of academic library support services, managing the development of the Library’s resources collection, developing the UWL Archives Service and is the Copyright Licensing Agency Co-ordinator for the University.

Her background is in subject liaison in the areas of science, engineering and computing. Her professional interests include information literacy, marketing of libraries and understanding students’ needs via usability testing and surveys.