Wikipedia:GLAM/Library and Archives Canada BAC-LAC

Welcome to the GLAM page of Library and Archives Canada (LAC). This page will cover all the projects and events undertaken by LAC as part of its collaboration with the GLAM initiative. Using our vast collection, we will be focusing on sharing resources to enhance, enrich and fill the knowledge gap within Wikimedia projects.

LAC's collection includes a large number of books (more than 20 million in several languages), images (almost 30 million including photographs, prints and digital images), films (over 90 thousand including documentaries as well as silent, short and full-length films), newspaper archives, sheet music, drawings, plans, maps and other materials.[1]

Montreal Canadiens hockey team, October 1942 Mark II female Tank Number 598 advancing with Infantry at Vimy
Fathers of Confederation Canoe Manned by Voyageurs Passing a Waterfall (Canada)

Aims and Objectives edit

  • Develop a meaningful relationship with the Wikimedia Foundation and contribute to the Wiki-universe knowledge.
  • Increase public knowledge about our bibliographic and archival material.
  • Upload media from our collection to Wikimedia Commons. Then, encouraging public to enrich Wikipedia articles with the images released.
  • Be a reliable bibliographic source to feed and improve references in Wikipedia articles.
  • Host Edit-a-thons and other events hoping to attract new editors.
  • Contribute to the GLAM community development becoming an example to other Canadian institutions.
  • Provide a multilingual (English and French) project page that might serve as a model for future GLAM institutions.
  • Share lessons and knowledge acquired during our GLAM journey with the Wikimedia community.

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Projects edit

Transcription projects edit

Paul de Chomedey de Maisonneuve collection

Patty Pan edit

  1. include banner with images already uploaded
  2. Category used for tracking purposes

Contests edit

See the tracking work done by Walters Art Museum

Events edit

First World War Edit-a-thon edit

If you are an editor who is passionate about military history or Wikipedia, register now for Library and Archives Canada’s first Wikipedia workshop and edit-a-thon, to be held in Ottawa on November 15, 2017.

In honour of Remembrance Day, the theme is the First World War and Canada’s role in it. Join us for this bilingual event where you will learn how to edit Wikipedia articles and explore reference documents like photographs, service records, soldiers’ journals and other items in our extensive collection.

All editors—experienced and new—are welcome.

Sign up for the first editathon taking place on November 15 at 395 Wellington, Ottawa below:

--Ouvrard (talk) 13:40, 20 September 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Get the details


Military resources

Intro to First World War records at Library and Archives Canada

Personnel records of the First World War

War diaries of the First World War

Guide to Sources Relating to Units of the Canadian Expeditionary Force


Wikipedia training modules

The Wikipedia Adventure

LAC resources on the Commons

First World War photographs from LAC

Themes for upcoming events edit

Contribute edit

Resources edit

This section aims to collect information about our learning path and will help us develop a case study article.

Our templates edit

  • Batch upload category

Guidelines edit

  • How to use LAC material?
  • How to do multimedia research on LAC website?
  • Other ways to access to images: maybe talk about Flickr?

Useful Tools edit

"GLAM visual tool can monitor the cooperation between GLAMs and the Wikimedia projects. More specifically : it produces three interactive visualizations, it produces the front end of the tool, it suggests visualizations which can support the cooperation between GLAMs and the Wikimedia projects."[2]

Sharing experiences edit

  • Patty Pan

Dissemination edit

A press release after first batch upload or any other event or project:

  • Local newspapers?
  • Website and social media
  • Relevant mailing list:

- GLAM/Newsletter

References edit

  1. ^ "About the Collection". Library and Archives Canada.
  2. ^ "Research:GLAM visual tool". Wikimedia, Meta-Wiki.